Great article Alexainie. I kind of agree with your final point but would really rather the US opted for gun use for hunting only. And hunting where you’re intending to eat the thing you shot not just put it on a wall (what the he…
I live in the heart of subsistence hunting in the US (Alaska), where sport hunting is a huge tourism industry as well and I have paid attention to how those who hunt for food differ from those who hunt for fun and I’ve drawn a couple of conclusions. First, those who hunt only what they’ll eat have a deep respect for the animals they kill. They understand what a gift it is to be able to feed your family. These people don’t generally enjoy shooting/killing so much as they see it as simply something that must be done. They only kill what they need. They practice a head to tail philosophy (use the whole animal), and that sometimes translates into tusks on the wall, or antlers, etc. But not for trophy reasons.
Sport hunters love to shoot their guns. They hunt with the goal of shooting as much as they can at as many animals as they can. Maybe they send part of an animal to the meat guy for processing, but just as often they take the part they want (the skin, fur, head, rack, etc.) and leave the rest in a “it’ll feed other animals” philosophy.
I agree, it would be great if we could adopt a hunting only law in the US. I don’t bring it up simply because I think the monitoring of a law like that would be nearly impossible. How would it be enforced? What if you bought a gun and NEVER used it? Are you in breach of the law, then, if you said it was for hunting? Anyway. I don’t really know why i am writing this except you made me think about the utter reverence with which the native alaskans here who hunt for food treat the animals they kill. It’s pretty amazing.