A Necessary Conversation
I really didn’t pay a lot of attention to the gentleman as he moved over to where a few of us were standing and reminiscing. When he came in, he couldn’t help but notice some of the taxidermy hanging on my walls. I could tell he was taken aback from the display.
The conversation moved along. At the lull that occurs in most conversations, he asked nonchalantly, “Do you enjoy killing all of these animals?” as he waved his arm pointing to the different displays. I knew my response needed to be calculating and non-confrontational.The more we spend hunting them, the more they are protected.
I could feel the eyes of others staring at me waiting for my response. Clearing my throat, I said confidently, “I do enjoy hunting these animals. The pursuit of game in the beauty of God’s creation is something I cherish. Whether I kill them or not is not the point, but the hunt, the pursuit, matching wits with these animals. That is what draws me into the wilds to hunt.”
“Then why not just take a picture? Why kill them?” The question has been asked of me hundreds of times, and every time I try to answer it, I hope I am doing it justice. Taking this conversation and keeping it civil can be challenging. Someone who is opposed to hunting already has his mind closed, and it is difficult, if not impossible, to open their minds to the science and conservation behind the taking of game. Yet, each time I am in this situation, I use this platform. No matter how brief the conversation is, I try to educate, if not inspire, the other person.Every dollar I spend for hunting is taxed to ensure there are funds available to maintain and restore species.