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My annual hunting eve message


Too many times we argue about whether or not hunting is "our right," or "our privilege." The truth is that it is neither.

"Right" infers that some human being, or group, created an authorization that allows this to occur. Although somewhat true, unfortunately, due to the restrictions and legislation that have been imposed by man over something that has always been a natural process.

"Privilege" infers that it is something that we have earned by performing some task to successful completion. Also, true to an extent, only because of the fact that civilization has migrated away from our instinctual basic needs of survival, to a controlled environment filled with "expectations" created by the majority rule.

I submit to you all that hunting is actually a "gift." A gift provided to us by the history of our evolution to the top of the food chain. This gift has allowed us to survive the myriad challenges that have beset man over the centuries. It has allowed us to feed and clothe our families, has allowed us to manufacture tools and shelter, and has created a system of trade for goods that we were did not have access to.

Hunting has also provided to us a sense of understanding.

Understanding the need for patience, the development of strategic thought, the need for finding balance in nature, and understanding the need to maximize the use of the resource that comes from the sacrifice of the life of an animal.

When I pull on my camo clothing in the morning, I will reflect on the fact that technology has exponentially increased the chance of my ability to survive. I will reflect on those hunters that have come before me that had to absolutely rely on this gift for their very survival. The success of their hunt was not a source for bragging, nor a competition, it was purely a necessity and was always concluded with giving thanks.

Thanks for the resources, thanks for the physical ability to overcome obstacles, thanks for the luck that comes with an unpredictable challenge.

I am thankful for the fact that I still have the ability to hunt. I am thankful for the game that will fall to so many of our arrows and bullets this year. I am thankful for the friendships that this activity has provided. To me, all of these things are truly a gift.

Ted Rickabus
November 03, 2009

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