“They’re called ‘locavores.’ As a lifelong hunter who kills, cleans, butchers and cooks his own game, it’s no revelation that there is a tasty, healthy, four-legged food source right out our back door, and it’s interesting to see people without hunting backgrounds learning to take advantage of it.”
Ex-veggie on the hunt
Phillips went on to note that several prominent writers and hunting advocates have embraced a similar meme. For example: Jackson Landers, author of “Hunting Deer for Food,” describes himself as a “locavore hunter.” Landers, a Virginian who was born into a vegetarian family and didn’t eat a cheeseburger until he was 10, decided to take up deer hunting hunt deer when he was 29 as a way to feed his family because he had hardly any money for food.
[“Landers] looked at hunting from ethical, environmental and economic angles before buying a rifle and searching nearby woods for white-tailed deer,” Phillips wrote, quoting him as saying that, ‘Having a real need to feed your family will erase any doubts about what you are doing. The deer dies so that you and the people you are feeding can live. This has been the essence of predation since time immemorial. It is utterly rational, natural, and I think, moral.’ ”
Phillips also referenced Washington-based outdoor writer Bruce Barcott, who wrote an intriguing article in Backpacker magazine last year about his experience as a first-time hunter (seewww.backpacker.com/hiking-and-hunting/destinations/14747). He described himself as “a backpacker, a car camper and a bird-watcher. I’ve thrown bait and flies at Alaskan salmon and Rocky Mountain trout, climbed Cascade volcanoes, paddled Sierra rivers and I’m a skier of catholic taste. But I’ve never been hunting.
“Like a lot of Americans these days, I’m trying to live closer to my food,” Barcott wrote. “I’m eating backyard vegetables and buying eggs from my neighbors. I decided it was time I met my meat.”
Phillips stated that “Killer Hunt”was “probably the best hunting story I’ve read in years. Barcott described his preparation and his hunt in wonderful detail. He explored with fresh insight the divide between hunters and people who enjoy the outdoors but don’t hunt.”
Most importantly, he wrote, Barcott’s story “bravely and honestly” described his emotions after killing a three-point buck.