Try trail running instead of hunting

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 02:22:14 PM. I’d like to say that, just as I support the right of hunters to hunt — legally and within the limits of the law — I hope those reading this column will likewise support my right to express my opinion.
This column is not the column I intended to write this week, and I am braced for the barrage of dissenting replies it may elicit, but I am, after all, entitled to my opinion. So, here goes: Hunting is not a sport. Perhaps it can be defined as a hobby or an activity, but not a sport. The word “sport” is defined as “an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.” I have friends who are hunters that have told me that walking through the woods — and perhaps even dragging a dead carcass across a field — qualifies as physical exertion. They would also argue that tracking an animal indeed involves a certain level of skill. But this is not enough to convince me that hunting is a sport or, more importantly, why anyone would want to do it. To this, my hunter friends will also wax poetic about being one with nature, and the tranquility of the forest at dawn. Tranquil, that is, until a shot rings out, shattering the lovely peace with a life-ending bullet. First I’d like to say that, just as I support the right of hunters to hunt — legally and within the limits of the law — I hope those reading this column will likewise support my right to express my opinion. And this is how my opinion was first formed: my father used to hunt. Less for the “thrill of the kill,” than for the camaraderie with his fellow hunters. He even taught our Golden Retriever how to carefully retrieve fowl by filling a tube sock...Read more
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