17 Feb '12, 8pm
In Defense of Hunting
I have to admit I was conflicted. Actually, the appropriate word was probably dismissive. This is when I initially fled the city some 5 years ago to take up residence in a semi-rural area: an area where hunting was, while not the norm, an acceptable part of the seasonal landscape. The idea of setting out into the wilderness, armed to the teeth with any number of firearms, crossbows, and blades, seemed less like a means of suitable and responsible stewardship than it did a barbaric example of fixed bloodlust. While I hardly felt real disdain for hunters, I surely didnt hold a lot of regard for them either. Since being in the field for the better part of a decade, I have changed my mind. This shift was not due to gathering a taste for the sport/practice myself (I still have yet to participate in any form of hunting) but delving into the issue and gathering information thr...