Growing up, I’ve always viewed the outdoors as a place full of adventure. From setting a hook on a nice largemouth bass to killing my first trophy buck, game sports such as hunting and fishing have always been a part of me. Throughout the years, I have had many experiences participating in both of these forms of recreation and understand that though they are different, they do share similar qualities that bring them together.
Hunting is something we've done since we've been on this planet. We used to do it out of necessity, but in the modern world we do it for many other reasons. As technology has increased, we have developed different methods of hunting. These methods have carried over to today, but two have prevailed: bowhunting and rifle hunting. These methods are both hunting--obviously--but they're different in almost every other sense. Bowhunting and rifle hunting are different based on the weapon used, the way you hunt, and your connection with the animal and the land around it; however, the same in the way the respective methods bring people together.
According to Statisticbrain, The total number of people over the age of 16 that hunt annually is over 12.6 million. Families used to hunt to feed themselves, and even younger children were taught to hunt to help contribute to their family’s survival. Over the years it has changed but the tradition of hunting together is still passed down from one generation to another. While hunting for meat is no longer a necessity, wild game is still much better for you and healthier than meat bought in a grocery store. Hunting also requires a person to take a class in Hunter Safety before they can legally hunt, where firearm safety and shooting skills are taught. Hunting as a family is a bonding experience where time is spent outside together instead of indoors sitting down watching television or playing video games. There is a saying that goes “Take your kids hunting and you won’t have to hunt for your kids” - kids who are involved with their families more and spend time doing things they enjoy together are much less likely to get in trouble. People who grow up learning how to handle guns safely and respect firearms are much less likely to use one irresponsibly.
Hunting has become a staple of American traditions since the beginning of the first hunter/gatherers, to the Native Americans who have lived in the U.S for millennia, even all the way until present day. Much of today’s society looks at hunting as a cruel activity when in reality it has more of a positive effect on the environment than it does harm. There are an abundance of benefits that come from hunting. Some of the benefits of hunting are: it is the biggest contribution to conserving wildlife, the meat is healthier than commercially produced meat, many jobs are being supported out of hunting, and every hunter wants “to bag” the trophy animal; however, there are a few cons to this, which include poaching and interference by the activist
Foraging affects the American Culture because sometimes it is hard for them to be able to find food for the families to be able to eat. Everyone has to work together as a family and help one another to be able to survive with being able to find food for everyone.
I have been raised in a family whose main hobbies are hunting and fishing, and now they are my most passionate activities. I learned the thrill of hunting at a young age. I am constantly at the deer lease throughout the year, hunting season or not. I have built up interests in more hunting techniques for different animals throughout the years. Every year, I participate in multiple seasons that include dove season, duck season, deer season - bow and rifle season - and more. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to participate in multiple hunting trips across Texas and
The first time I went fishing was with my dad.We were fishing at a campsite out in the middle of nowhere.On the way to the lake we saw a little baby fox running through the woods.My dad told me a story about when
I think I was about 11 years of age. It was a warm September evening. Our family was getting ready for another cookout. For those of you who don’t know, cookouts are when my family invites other family and/or friends over to cook hot dogs and toast marshmallows over a fire pit in our backyard. Usually after that my dad and I will usually play backyard baseball.
In around the second grade I had just moved schools. Around mid-year we had our school talent show. I really wanted to be in it, but I was still young and I was a little scared. I remember
After that my Dad took me out for sailing and It was really sublime. One time the boat almost capsized, luckily it didn't. Then we ate lunch, I had a yogurt cup and it was delicious. It was about afternoon time when we went out sailing again, this time though I was dragged forcefully behind the boat. Doing so I got a mouthful of lake water. When we got back it was time to fish, I got two medium sized fish, but Allie got big brawlie. It was 14'' long, we fished until ten-o'clock pm. Then we turned in for the night.
For the most part, hunting has been about survival and acquiring food, but this slowly changed as humanity and technology progressed (“Evolution of Hunting: History of Tools, Weapons & Tactics”).” “In that case, hunting is good for the environment because the hunting community ensures that wildlife populations of game species are sustainable from one generation to the next. This requires that a diversity of natural habitats be kept intact, unpopulated, and undisturbed (Gibbons).” Hunters support all these efforts. It is not only about the kill, it is also about spending quality time with friends and family. All being able to do something you each enjoy and
It was summer 2009. I remember because I was around 8, outside playing with all my friends that lived in our street. We were playing a game of kickball like we used to do all the time. It was dark outside and I lived in the bad side of town, but my street was a safe place where everyone knew each other and got along pretty well. Plus, the street lights were always on. It was me my sister