By Sam Thrash
It’s no secret, our culture and society today often judge us as hunters. Being the Ultimate Predator, we are considered to be nothing but trigger happy, beer drinking rednecks who love to walk around in the woods and shoot Bambi. People who kill helpless little animals that never did anything to hurt them. Yes, we may kill animals. And yes, some of us may be considered rednecks. Some of us may even consider ourselves to be rednecks, but the anti’s only see one side of the whole picture.
As human beings, we are being the ultimate predator. We are the top of the food chain. That’s the way it’s been ever since the fall of Adam, and that’s how it will continue to be. These animals were not created only for us to enjoy their elegant beauty, but so that we too can survive.
And how is us killing a deer, or hog, or turkey, or whatever different from you buying meat at the store? (Aside from all the preservatives that are more than likely pumped into what you get over the counter) Some animal died to provide that meat at the store too. And personally, I’d rather kill my meat so at least I know where it comes from. I hate it when I hear people say stuff like, “Shame on you hunters for going out and shooting cute little animals. You should buy meat from the store where no animals were harmed.” With respect, but are you retarded, or did you just fail to have your 3 cups of coffee this morning? Because it sure seems like the first one.
The truth is, God gave us dominion over the birds of the air, the fish of the sea, and all living things on the earth. And if He didn’t intend for us to hunt and kill, then believe me, He wouldn’t have made it so. In fact, He specifically told Peter in the book of Acts, “Rise, kill, and eat.” We are humans, made in God’s image. We have been given dominion over the earth, and all animals. We are the top of the food chain.
Think of how much effort, and how many millions of dollars are spent every year to try and prevent hunters from doing what man is born to do. And here’s a little trivia that I’ve always found interesting. The anti’s will rave on and on about how we need to protect the animals. Save the animals. Who is it that really preserves America’s wildlife habitat? Who is it that really manages and keeps up with our wildlife populations? Hunters! Those anti’s never did anything to save a wild animal. We are the ones who work to make sure that the animal’s habitat is protected, and work to prevent urban expansion that could interfere with those habitats.
Take Kentucky for example. Through the hard work of avid hunters, they’ve been able to restore their elk population to the point where we can start hunting again. Years ago, the elk population was close to zero. Did the anti’s contribute to that? Did they want to contribute to that? No. Kentucky elk hunting is back thanks to North American hunters. Fact.
As hunters, our job is not only to take on the responsibility of putting meat on our table, but to ensure that we can do it in the future. And thank goodness we have people out there, hunters out there like those over in Kentucky who work hard to preserve their wildlife habitats. I know this, I’m proud to be a hunter, and I’m proud to have a group of readers and viewers who follow me who know that hunting is a perfect sport. Plus it’s just a lot of fun! I’m not ashamed of who I am, and I’m not afraid to stand up and confront those who might tell me I should be. That’s the way it should be for all of us. Long live the hunter!