Hunters: United we Stand, Divided we Fall… Make Hunting Great Again!
Today I did an experiment on our Facebook Group (Minnesota Hunting Club) in regards to hot topics in the hunting community. Reading through just about any one of the literally hundreds of comments in the social media group today, there is one common theme. We as hunters are completely divided on just about every topic out there.
It seems that no one can post a photo or have an opinion without other hunters attacking them and their hunting methods. Why? As hunters we face a multitude of obstacles from every corner of society. We are attacked by Anti-Hunters. We are attacked by animal rights groups who are so ignorant they think it is totally acceptable to kill human beings who hunt yet the ultimate offense to hunt and kill an animal.
As hunters we are under attack from everyone else. Yet out of all the groups who attack us the one I find the most asinine is …us. That’s right I said us. Hunters attacking other hunters because we don’t hunt your way or we don’t do things your way. How ignorant is that? Because a hunter hunts from a box stand some guy who hunts from a tree climber belittles and berates the box stand hunter. A guy who hunts with a rifle is told he isn’t a real hunter and that anyone can shoot a monster buck with a gun etc. Compound bow users are attacked by traditional archers and mechanical broad-head users are attacked by fixed blade guys….Then there is the Crossbow guy who is attacked by everyone!
We are all hunters who love the woods and love hunting. One’s traditions may seem silly or unethical to a hunter from the next county. Does it make that guys hunting practice any more wrong or right than the next guys? NO! It certainly does not. Hunting traditions are passed down from grandparent to parent to child.
I say we stop all the childish bullshit ourselves and we reunite under a new yet old banner; “A place for any and all aged hunters, conservationists and outdoor enthusiasts to come and have a positive and educational experience to discuss our passion together”. Why is it so hard for people to have a discussion without attacks?
I say we throw out all of the ignorance of who shoots what or hunts out of what side and actually back one another as hunters . If you don’t like how the next guy hunts, yet how they hunt is legal then just leave it alone. You don’t have to like it and you don’t have to hunt that way. That’s is what is so great about this country. We are free to do as we please so long as its legal and ethical.
You see if we don’t start standing together then we will most surely fall. We, as a collective, are so far divided on every topic that if we don’t start standing together our future in Minnesota and across the country is bleak for the hunting community. I truly hope we, as a society, can start to understand this and work towards a common place where we can get along regardless of hunting styles.
“Minnesota Hunting Club is a place for any and all aged hunters, conservationists and outdoor enthusiasts to come and have a positive and educational experience to discuss our passion together”.