“I feel happy. Proud. Fulfilled,” Barcott wrote. “The two minutes and 10 seconds that elapsed between the time we spotted the deer and when I pulled the trigger were among the most intense, primal, and profound moments I’ve ever spent in the outdoors. I can’t explain those feelings. But I can’t deny them, either.”
As citizens of Consumer America, most of us don’t spend a week or two tramping through the woods on the hunt. We forget that no matter what your diet, living creatures have to die for us to eat, and nothing brings that reality into sharper focus than subsistence hunting to put meat on the table.
Phillips closed his column with the following gem: “Hunters often judge their success on whether they harvest an animal. That’s an obvious measure of success, but those who enjoy every moment of the experience, whether it’s a communal meal around a campfire or a misty sunrise on the forest, free themselves from the anxiety of having to kill an animal to feel as if they’ve had a successful hunt.”
Just as raising livestock isn’t only about slaughtering animals for food, hunting—and hunters—can hardly be defined solely by how many carcasses get hauled back to town.
To read the entire article on hunters as locavores, log onto http://www.idahostatesman.com/2011/10/09/1832067/hunters-are-the-original-locavores.html.
Dan Murphy is a veteran food-industry journalist and commentator