What is your opinion of hunting ?

United States
April 17, 2007 9:09pm CST
I grew up hunting and fishing. I still do both although there is a larger emphasis on fishing for me. But I absolutely believe in hunting and have put many a meal on the table by doing so. I am strictly a meat hunter. I was always taught that a trophy is worth nothing if you can't eat it. So when I hunt I am looking for food for the table. Many people think that hunting is no longer necessary. After all what can you hunt that you can't get at the supermarket. I would reply natural food. No hormones and no anti-biotics. Nothing but natural tasty meat.
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@max1950 (2313)
• United States
18 Apr 07
i myself won't hunt only because i don't believe in killing any animal ,but as long as you do it for food and not just to put a head on the wall that's fine.plus i wouldn't be able to gut and clean something without chucking my gut"s up.that's why i catch and release.here in georgia they close school just to go out and kill deer,i just don't get it.i don't like the taste and i guess i've never been that hungry
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• United States
18 Apr 07
I think that as long as it is done with respect for the animal and part of the population control there is nothing wrong with it. Both my husband and father are hunters and I am sure that my son will be one too.
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@dlkuku (1936)
• United States
18 Apr 07
I am a rare breed, a woman who hunts. I love the taste of fresh deer meat, especially the tenderloins! Yes, I agree with you, hunting puts food on our table, and fills the freezer.
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@Ravenladyj (22992)
• United States
20 Apr 07
I'm seriously on the fence with this one....I'll readily admit that I LOVE moose and deer meat, I love duck and so on BUT I'm not one for hunting...However I know far too many ppl who hunt for sport which REALLY upsets me...Now that we live on 50 acres of land (most of it woods with a fair amount of deer) I really have issues with hunters....Why? becuae EVEN THOUGH our land is posted, and we've clearly told those who come to our door to ask permission that under no circumstance is hunting allowed on our land, some of them feel the need to do things like hunt through our woods, and even go as far as making a kill, gutting it on our property, tossing the guts onto our property OR (luckily I didnt see this cause I would have SNAPPED)..taking the body but leaving the head ON OUR PROPERTY! During hunting season I cant let my kids or my dogs back there because some of these guys I just dont trust ya know...So needless to say, my experience these days with hunters isnt the greatest (I went as far our first yr here to tell a guy that if I caught him hunting on our land I'd shoot him in the a$$) Hunting for food...thats one thing BUT RESPECT the wishes of the ppl who own the land you're hunting on AND the land of the neighbours! Hunting for sport i have NO TOLERANCE for AT ALL...Fishing is something entirely different for me though....I dont fish myself but my kids have a couple times and my husband used to but they toss back what they catch which I'm okay with and if you eat what you catch even better...When I lived in Oshawa (ontario) I was near the stream and Salmon fishing was HUGE there (and fun to watch I have to admit) and my ex would fish (mind you for him it was just an excuse to drink LOL kinda like golfing) so I really dont have issues with it I guess or maybe its just that I dont think about it as much
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• United States
20 Apr 07
Those kind of idiots make all of us responsible hunters look bad. So on behalf of all of us who respect the people and the land that we hunt allow me to say I am sorry that you have had that experience with them.
@mnflower (1305)
• United States
18 Apr 07
This is cool I think that if you are going to hunt and fish it should be to put food on the table, these people that fish and just throw it back just makes no sense to me. Or these people that just go and kill animals and leave them lay that is so sad and gives the real hunters a bad name.I am with you on the all natural tasty meat, I would rather go to a butcher and get fresh meat before it hit the supermarkets for all the additives are not in it. If people would really pay attention back in the day when blame wasn't being put on this food or adding this to that to make it healthier people were much healthier and happy in life..all these additives that is added to these foods is what i believe is the problem causeing all the obesity and other crap. just my opinion, people just seemed healthier when they ate natural grown and raised food.
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• United States
18 Apr 07
I don't know if I would personally do it, but as long as the animal is mostly consumed or used and it is done legally, I really don't have a problem with it. I mostly don't like it when people poach and destroy whole herds of animals for money like they do in some parts of the world. It's not fair to the people of the future to do that. But, if you are doing it for meat, and doing it responsibly, then good for you. I agree with you about it having no additives or hormones. I also think it's a great survival skill to know how to prepare the meat and clean fish.
@Modestah (11195)
• United States
21 Apr 07
I think that hunting and gathering are essential freedoms to the wellbeing and health of man. I think that human kind should have the right to be self reliant. One thing that bugs me though is all the licensing necessary. I understand to an extent the purpose of it - to keep folks from over hunting and to regulate the seasons etc.... there is an old adage, give a man a fish and feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime. It is a pretty good analogy BUT in reality, teaching him to fish does nothing for him if he can not afford the license and is hungry during the off season!
• China
21 Apr 07
It's funny but crully to treat animals by killing them.So i don't go hunting often.
@dcroome2005 (1211)
• United States
21 Apr 07
I don't believe in hunting just because I love animals so much. But, if you are doing it to feed your family , then it's ok. I don't believe in hunting just to hunt. I think it's cruel. I have never eaten deer and never will. You would think I was a vegetarian , but I am not. As long as I don't see and don't know, I am good to go to eat something. Just not deer. Cow, pigs are fine for me. LOL Deer are too damn pretty to kill. When I lived in PA, I used to go out at night and just look for deer to watch in amazement of how beautiful they are .
@aprilgrl (4460)
• United States
20 Apr 07
I really don't hunt but fishing I do. My husband used to go hunting with his friends. I think I would like to eat natural food.
@subha12 (18462)
• India
19 Apr 07
personallly i don't like hunting. I am against the idea of killing innocent animals. You may be corect in ur view, but i'm against hunting and all.
• United States
18 Apr 07
I simply hate it. I like protecting human being from any wild uncontrolled animal but not hunting.
@sylvia13 (1851)
• Nelson Bay, Australia
18 Apr 07
When I first saw the title I wanted to answer that I disagree with it, as I cant see how somebody can shoot deer or other peaceful animals. But then you talked about putting food on the the table and I remembered how much we enjoy looking for blueberries and strawberries in the forests in summer, or mushrooms in autumn and the beautiful dishes and desserts we make with what we gather. So in a way, hunting seems to be an extension of that, just that instead of fruit it is meat and that is all. So yes, I would have to agree, a deer dish would go well with the other food we collect in the Styrian forests behind our weekend house in Austria. We are already eating trout, which was also "hunted", wasnt it? So it is just a matter of obtaining natural food! So yes, I am all for it now that I think about it!
@Stiletto (4597)
18 Apr 07
I personally wouldn't do it but I don't have a problem with others doing it if they are going to eat what they kill. I feel completely differently about those who just kill for the sake of it - I think it's creepy that someone would get their kicks from killing an animal for no reason. I also despise trophy hunters and of course killing an animal for it's fur. Those people are scum but that's a completely different scenario.
• United States
18 Apr 07
I am all for hunting as long as the person doing the hunting is doing it to feed his family (or himself) not just out for "sport". While I don't hunt my son is a hunter of all seasons and everything he gets is served on his table. Many a seasons we have lived on venison thanks to him especially when the cost of meats are skyrocketing!! mmm you can't beat a good cut of venison!
@mari123 (1862)
• China
18 Apr 07
i like fishing very much,in weekend,i will go to suburb or rivers to fishing,and i can make friends with other man who also in fishing,and they can tell how to do it.at the same time,it will reduce my work pressure.
@sakura08 (83)
• Philippines
18 Apr 07
make me scared!!!!!!!!
@Nottie (53)
• Finland
18 Apr 07
I also grew up hunting and fishing. I used to follow with my grand father when he was hunting, and we always ate everything we got. If we had too much we shared with relatives or neighbours. I still fish, but couldn't kill something else anymore. I agree with you about the natural food, and have no problem with it, if someone else does the kill... There is something special with eating a meal where you know exactly where the meat is from. Hunting is not needed for survival anymore though, but IMO there is nothing wrong with it if you don't kill for the kill and not even plan using the meat you get. Besides, at least in my country, we would have more traffic accidents with elks and deers, they would destroy forrest plantages and make life harder for farmers if no one kept the population of them in order. Big animals have no natural enemies here and would make the natural balance uneven if they were not hunted at all.
@mansha (6301)
• India
18 Apr 07
I am appalled at the thought that people still hunt for food. may be you haev your logic but I still would say we have so much food now that we do not need to kill for food anymore. I hope you don't kill anmimals on the verge of extinction. I am too soft hearted to support hunting animals. I feel its relly cruel to do so- food or no food.
• Philippines
18 Apr 07
hunting for me is a hobbies many of us have a different like so for me hunting is great... since our ancestor teach us to hunt so that we will stay alive and to have food to eat.. so keep up the good hunt ...be careful what u hunt hehehehehe