Hunting Essay P.1

The thinking deer hunter should mature through three phases during his hunting life. First phase, I need to kill a deer. Second phase, l want to harvest a nice deer. And last phase, we must manage this resource so our children and their children can experience the grand tradition of good deer hunting. (Jim Slinsky, 2006)

Personal Story

It was a dark, cold morning. The trees still had some leaves that were clinging to the branches, but for the most part they were bare. My dad carried an old 30/30 he had gotten when he was a teenager. He had borrowed a .30-06 (said thirty-ought six) for me and had let me practice with it a few times. The gun was old and had a bit of recoil. My bruised right shoulder was a badge of pride as we headed out to our spot.

            We lived in the suburbs then, so my dad had talked to a buddy at work about finding a place to hunt. We were walking along a trail cleared for the overhead power lines, and would reach the blind in minutes. My dad was talking to me about why he still hunted even though we didn't need the meat to survive. He said when he was younger his family didn't have much money. A few things like flour came from the store, but everything else was either from the garden or from hunting. He had learned to hunt when he was five (I was then thirteen.) He


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