Something So Simple…

11 Feb

For those people who really know me, and have known me for a good amount of time, know that I am as laid back as it gets. They also know that I don’t get mad very often and am able to brush off just about anything. Maybe it’s my lack of sleep, or the fact that I wasn’t having a very good day, or maybe I just woke up on the wrong side of the bed, but, this week at work a simple action from another person made me really angry.

 

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In between the main offices and the cafeteria there is a blackboard where every month someone from the company puts a simple question above that blackboard. What is your favorite sports team? What is your favorite time of year? What is your favorite thanksgiving food? In the past, I have never participated. The other day while I was walking by, with deer on my mind obviously, and decided to take part in this months question. Again, this is the first time I have ever participated in this activity. First off, and as you may or may not know, I don’t bowhunt just for big antlers. My main focus each year is to harvest a couple does to put meat in the freezer and then hold out for a mature buck. We all know that big mature deer can be a bit of a rarity, so to “Kill a 200″ Whitetail” would be a dream come true for any whitetail hunter, whether you hunt for age class or meat. And for me, that ‘s a reason to live a “longer & healthier life”. Maybe not for a 200″ buck specifically, but to spend as many seasons in the treestand as possible before the inevitable.

Later that day as I was heading home for the day and noticed that someone erased my comment. Now why would someone do that? I had several ideas running through my brain as to the reasons why this happened.

 

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The first thing that came to mind was that one of my co-workers was against hunting and felt the need to make some sort of statement my erasing my comment. My initial reaction was confusion. I felt that my right to comment on this board was not only infringed upon, but that the activity of hunting, a legal sport, was to be censored by someone. I was pissed.

The next morning I went right back to the board and wrote the same exact comment in the same exact spot on the board. I walked away from the board with both a feeling of accomplishment and unease. Sure enough, I was walking to the cafe to get another cup of coffee, about an hour and a half after I wrote it up there, and the damn thing was erased. I wanted to walk up to the board and erase the entire board. I wanted to act like the anti-hunters do and throw a fit and head off to human resources to file a complaint.  But I took the high road and went and got my cup of coffee and went back to my desk to make a meeting I needed to attend. I was pretty busy the rest of the day but for some reason I couldn’t let this slide. I even expressed my displeasure to a couple co-workers and my boss, who is also a hunter. They all attempted to calm me down and even offered a couple alternative comments to put up there that might not be as offensive to others. This made my brain work even harder. Why the hell should I change my comment? It’s not threatening, it’s not offensive, it’s not racist or obscene. Yet, because a certain group of people are basically hypocritical whiners, I have have to change my comment that shouldn’t need to be changed in the first place? That, my friends, is the definition of BULL S**T. But, I needed to know for sure.

On my way out the door, and after a lot of thought, I decided to change my comment to “Harvest a 200″ whitetail.” to see if that would stick. I know what you’re thinking, I gave in. But, I wanted to know if it was the act of hunting that they had a problem with or if it was the word “Kill” that was rubbing people the wrong way.

As of now my pussified comment is still up there, which pisses me off even more. The definition of kill is to end life. The new comment means the exact same thing as the old comment, an animal dies. But because the word “kill” tends to have negative implications, someone can’t do the mental math and understand that it means the same thing. It’s just a little more socially acceptable. If you eat meat, you are responsible for the death of animal. PERIOD! Hunter just do it themselves. and take 100%  of the responsibility.

We as hunters tend to go about our own business when it comes to this issue. We defend ourselves when we are attacked but we very rarely voice our opinions or push the envelope. The anti’s are loud and organized and their voice is defiantly heard.

Now is our time to be heard, time to get loud, time to get organized and take a stand for what we believe in. We need to do this in a way that is backed by knowledge and statistics. If we provide that information in a loud united voice, we will win. There are organizations and politicians out there who what to ban hunting, sell our public lands, and destroy our way of life. They are on a roll and we need to stop them dead in their tracks.

At the same time, we need to continue to educate other hunters, anglers, and lovers of the outdoors where to go and what information to arm themselves with. This is just as important as the previous mentioned. We don’t need one bad apple spoiling the whole bunch. This cause is a sporting event. The only questions is, do you want to be a spectator or a play maker?

Here are a couple resources where you can become more informed:

Thanks for reading,
Dan (DFW)

6 Responses to “Something So Simple…”

  1. Scott Clarke February 11, 2016 at 8:51 pm #

    Hate the fact people revert to the word “harvest”. “I’m trying to harvest a mature whitetail” translation “I want to kill a big buck” Let’s lose the word “trophy hunter” and change it to “Antler Chaser” Sounds much better. Good job for writing it down again but should have kept it as kill.

  2. Sara February 11, 2016 at 8:51 pm #

    Whoever erased it is a big fat turd.

  3. Dan DeMeester February 12, 2016 at 1:47 am #

    Amen, Brother. Well said.

  4. Mike Danner February 12, 2016 at 4:20 am #

    Was a good story. Have listened to you enough that read it in your voice. Don’t let them get you down. You handled it correctly. Don’t stoop to their level and keep your head high. Everybody has different mountains to climb. Let them climb their mountain while you concentrate on yours.

  5. Cosmo February 12, 2016 at 5:51 am #

    Preach brother! Very poignant.

  6. Eli Gesekk February 12, 2016 at 2:40 pm #

    Dan I can completely understand the frustration with the “pussification” of society. The disconnect with the “suburbanites” or people who have just never been around hunting for what it truly is have no concept of how we as hunters view and respect our game. The fact is that words like “kill” and some I wont choose to write cause panic amoungst people with little or no knowledge of the way life is and used to be. “WE” as a majority hunt for food and the connection with things that are hard to put into words… I get a real connection with how this country had been before we settled the nation and started to urbanize this country. With all the wedge driveing going on in Washiington and the media it seams to be getting worse… The fact is that when we do “kill” a whitetail its life ends, there is a somber moment for people who care about what they have done… There is also the fact that we do “harvest” parts of the animal for the fur, meat, and bone for ourselves… I feel the term of how an individual describes a hunt is up to them, but there is a touch and go situation with the anti or uninformed. Harvest is just a word they can deal with to justify you and I carrying on our passion, and if they are OK with me hunting I’m OK with whatever words they use to make them feel OK with it.

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