From Hunter to Hunted

For the more than 13.5 million people in the United States that hunted last year, a large majority of them would say that hunting is a relaxing experience and that they greatly enjoy their time. Hunting has deeply rooted emotions tied to it. It has been an escape from the stress of life for decades and it is continuing to grow and is being handed down from one generation to the next. The opportunity to hunt for sport or for food has been something this country has held dearly for many years.

There was a research study that asked hunters why they choose to spend their time hunting and here are the top responses:

  1. “I hunt simply because I enjoy it.”
    Like we said, hunting has deeply rooted feelings associated with it and they can be hard to express.

  2. “I hunt to learn about nature.”
    Hunting allows for the chance to spend more time in nature than just about any other activity, especially when it is coupled with camping.

  3. “I hunt because it gives me a sense of accomplishment.”
    Many hunters spend a majority of their lives learning about hunting and refining their skills. It is an activity that can never be mastered, and yet something that can always be improved upon. From stalking an animal, to field dressing, to cooking meat, to firing a weapon, the skill of hunting is something that is always a work in progress. And yet you can accomplish the goal.

  4. “I hunt because it keeps me healthy.”
    Hunting requires a lot of physical work, so if you are not a fan of working out at the gym, you can get your workout in while you hunt.

  5. “I hunt because I like the adventure and the challenge.”
    Hunting is extremely challenging, and that can be the most enjoyable part. Overcoming obstacles is an extremely satisfying way to spend time.

  6. “I hunt because I enjoy spend time with others/man’s best friend.”
    Many people hunt because it gives them something to do while they spend time with friends, family, or their dog.

Its easy to see that people hunt for a vast variety of reasons. But what happens when the tables turn are turned and the hunter becomes the hunted?

There are numerous stories of animals turning on hunters and injuring, or even killing the person that was hunting them. The reality is, animals tend to be most aggressive when they feel threatened or they are injured, which just so happens to be the most likely circumstance in which a hunter would be around an animal.

Most animals are also very protective of their young and so if they feel like you are too close to their offspring, they are much more likely to attack.

The key is to understand that you are in their territory, and to then prepare yourself accordingly. Learn the best ways to stay safe if an animal does decide to go after you and think about the situations ahead of time so that you will be confident in the way that you respond.

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