Hunting is time-honored tradition

Nov 26, 2012

 

There's an old joke that goes something like this:

We all know that a vegetarian is somebody who doesn't eat meat. But did you know that "vegetarian" is actually an old Native American term for lousy hunter?

Hundreds of years ago, the best hunters were held in the highest esteem by their peers because they were the best at supplying much-needed food for their families, villages or tribes.

Today, the best hunters may still be held in high esteem by some of their closest friends, but are often viewed much less favorably by society as a whole.

Hunting has fallen out of favor in the public eye. Maybe it's because hunters are closely associated with guns, which have become almost taboo.

Plus, we have such easy access to an overabundance of food that being able to hunt for your own sustenance isn't valued like it once was.

It's sad that hunting — such an important part of our heritage as Americans —has taken such a hit when it comes to public perception.

As we celebrated Thanksgiving a few days ago, we remembered just how hard it was for our ancestors to feed themselves when they first came to these shores. Just because we can now put a feast on the table by heading out to the local supermarket doesn’t mean we shouldn’t appreciate those who are able to provide for themselves in more traditional ways.

The number of those hunting continues to dwindle. According to one survey, about 13.7 million people, or 6 percent of the country's total population older than 16, hunted in 2011. Another report estimates that about 21.8 million Americans hunted at least once during the past five years.

We realize hunting isn’t for everybody, and that’s fine. But for those who continue to recognize this time-honored tradition — in a safe and responsible manner — we salute you.

Stay safe and shoot straight.

Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Cheryl Welch, Matt DeYoung and Fred VandenBrand. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to news@grandhaventribune.com or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.

 

Comments

theQuin

We do not need to hunt to eat in today's America. Hunting is fine with me, but you "salute" hunters? Really? What about the people who oppose killing animals, and take a stand on that issue? You are merely trying to generate comments in order to make yourselves relevant. Very sad. A hometown paper should address real issues.

Gargantous Mons...

Heck you don't even need to work in today's America....just hold out your hand..

And I think you mean "What about the people who oppose killing animals(By Hunting)" right....

ghresident

You say hunting is fine with you but why post a comment like this?

What about the people who oppose killing animals?, the question should be do they eat meat? If so the meat there or is it their? eating is slaughtered which is the same as killing by the butcher houses and put on store shelves.

How about an article on how many people have CCW's in Ottawa county and carry?

RenegadeX

"What about the people who oppose killing animals, and take a stand on that issue?" What about them? They tend to be white, middle-aged, college educated, urban dwelling, single females. Sycophants in my mind, falling all over themselves to impose their view of morality on those who could give a whit about what they have to say. These folks are the first to the take to the internet to extol the virtues of their harmonious ways, yet are oblivious to the countless animals killed and habitat destroyed in the discovery, extraction, transportation, refinement and distribution of the energy and materials required for them to take to a forum like this, from the comfort of their homes, to tell others how wrong it is to kill animals for consumptive purposes. Speak for yourself when you say, "we do not need to hunt to eat in today's America". Personally, I wouldn't mind spending a whole bunch of time in yesterday's America, free from the judgementalism of semi-educated, urban elites for simply taking to the fields and forests of blessed land to put a little venison on the table. Do not need to hunt...indeed.

Gargantous Mons...

I read this 'View' and all I could say is WOW.....

What a one sided and small view of our community you must live in...I think you should apologize immediately to the Sportsmen and Women in your readership who should be wholeheartedly offended that you have attempted to label and demean them with this back handed “Thank You”..

A) “Hunters...are often viewed much less favorably by society as a whole”
Why would anyone view a hunter as less than favorable? Am I less favorable to our society because I spend my time amongst the outdoors, and teach my children how to enjoy, understand and take care of nature in our world? Am I les favorable for the $100's and $1000's of dollars of my sporting goods money I pump into the local economies from my hunting and fishing and the sporting clubs and memberships I am part of? What about my license funds which go to pay for open source State land, conservation officers pay, and the regulation as well as protection of wild animals that benefit from sportsmen’s monies?

B) “Maybe it's because hunters are closely associated with guns, which have become almost taboo.”
When and where in our society have guns become taboo? What planet is this written from? My 7 yr old daughter shot her 1st Turkey this year with her Great Grandfathers .410...I don't think anyone in the whole world could view my daughter as taboo, or that she would be looked down on. Look around Ottawa County a little closer and I think you'll find guns are not taboo at all...

C)” It's sad that hunting — such an important part of our heritage as Americans —has taken such a hit when it comes to public perception.”
You haven't provided one supportive fact about public perception? How dare you stir a pot to create a story.....and what a sad, sad VIEW you have of our community and the sportsmen and women in it!!!

YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU!

Wingmaster

Thanks for eloquently putting into words what many hunters feel G..Mons. The anti hunters are tainting the public view of hunters. Many in the non hunting public are fine with hunting but some are persuaded to have a negative view because of hit pieces done in the media. If the Trib truly was trying to do a positive article regarding hunting I apologize. Maybe by reading some of these post they will understand how insensitive their words are to many hunters and their families.

Back to the Wall

Since when are guns taboo?

As far as environmental and economic benefit directly related to bloodsports (that's hunting, fishing and trapping) and firearm and ammunition sales, please refer to the Pittman Robertson act of 1937 (as amended).

RenegadeX

Let's make it easy for people to review.

http://www.fws.gov/southeast/fed...

Wingmaster

What is the real purpose of this article? Easy to see thru the back handed slap at hunters and gun ownership. I'm growing tired of the minority of people spewing their "bad perception" of hunting and guns. I'm sure those "minorities" will be responding soon with their comments, which by the way is the answer to my question!

Why not put up some stats on Michigan hunters rather then the country?

ghresident

Hey Wing nice to see ya again! Great question! Since all the articles came out about hunters I decided to become a prepper....lol! And to think I always hated Black Friday, not this year....I was like a kid in a candy store, a new AR/Beratta and some other ones. The wife even got a new carry pistol. Yep I can see the comments coming now.

Wingmaster

Nice. My wife will be jealous if she reads this! She keeps using her trusty 30.30 and put meat in the freezer again this year.

Gargantous Mons...

Suprised no one has called the Trib editors out on the picture accompanying this post. It's obviously racial and degrading; I wonder if we could get the The Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance to look into the Grand Haven Tribuen's lack of ethics on this image. It's obvious to me they are trying to say only white redneck's are sportmen who deserve a salute....

I'm outraged and wish the tribue would remove this entire article from it's website.

43°North

yes, please give this guy the moderator privileges so he can delete what he does not agree with!! Funny how often this subject is recurring, along with another 'local issue' topic recycled by the Trib staff. Racial? Oh, wait, you brought that one in here (again). Grand Haven is 95.57% Caucasian, Michigan is 90.56% Caucasian. How many interracial buddies do you go hunting with? So a picture doesn't jive with your view either? Surprised!

Gargantous Mons...

Oh I forgot 43 your just a troll, no comments on the stories only other peoples comments...how pathetic and boring your day must be. I guess whatever get's you to happy hour.

Michigan per the last census is only 80% caucasion, and Ottawa County 93.3 % but that's misleading as thier is also 85.4% 76.4% respectivley which are counted as white non hispanic...because People who identify their origin as Spanish, Hispanic, or Latino may be of any race. Thus, the percent Hispanic is not be added to percentages for racial categories means the % of caucasions is distorted in census counts. I'm glad you are able to Google, now we just need your reading and comprhension to get some attention and detail. Next time I'll do my best to make sure my post jives with your view and not mine...but please don't hold your breath.

43°North

glad you can Google too, stats don't lie do they? Just depends on where you get them from. You're the troll who got the thread off subject.

Let's set up a hunting trip tomorrow, I have 40 acres I would like to take you to. Message me. Sorry, I won't be the one to meet your quota however.

dyankee

I agree with most here, what a pathetic attempt by the Tribune to salute hunters....Hey, GHT I have a vision of hunters saluting you back, as well only their hand doesn't come up to there forehead! You could also draw a parallel to the fact that you no longer need to work in this country like you once did thanks to the explosion of entitlements over the last 4 years and look where that is bringing our Country. Get back to work, take your family out hunting, and walk through life with a firearm instead of a football. Firearms are good for the mind & soul and builds character in an individual just like hunting. Honoring laws, respecting life, teaching traditions, and spending time with family and friends is also an important part of hunting and has nothing to do with comparing food sources today vs. 150 years ago. There is more to hunting than the kill GHT. Why don't you go write about that if, you are so into saluting our sport?

Wingmaster

That's exactly right dyankee. I have spend my gun season hunting with my father, wife and 2 daughters. My mom was in deer camp as well because she recognizes the quality family time even though she does no hunt. We enjoy the outdoors as a family and it bonds us together along with keeping connected to nature. My wife is my main hunting buddy as we spend many hours practicing with our bows and scouting the land we hunt.

I also agree with someone else here that pointed out how the pic chosen is to make hunters look like dumb rednecks.

Before I leave I cannot let 43 north of the hook with his arrogant comment that implies minorities do not hunt. Once again a lefty bringing race into a conversation to divide. I have shared camp fires with a variety of people with different ethnic back grounds then me and never looked at it as racial thing, just good times being spent with good people. Get outside once in awhile 43 and spend some time in nature, it will cleanse your soul.

43°North

I went out Saturday am and got a nice doe. Hanging out back right now. I butcher it myself, how about you? I did not bring up race, the man with the long capitalized name did, talk to him. What BS you have not looked at someone from another race sitting at a campfire with you as a racial thing with all your Obama comments. What freakin morons on this thread.

Wingmaster

Your not worth my time....race baiter. Wow.

Gargantous Mons...

Amen!

43°North

Hallelujah!

Wingmaster

Oh by the way Trib, here are the Michigan stats. I went ahead and did the work for you to show the "dwindling percentages" for Michigan. Sorry it does not fit your "hunting falling out of favor comment"

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 20, 2012

Contact: Brent Rudolph, 517-641-4903; Ashley Hippler, 989-732-3541; or Ed Golder, 517-335-3014

2012 Michigan deer hunting on the rise this firearm season

The 2012 firearm deer season opened Thursday, Nov. 15, and the Department of Natural Resources has compiled early impressions from the first few days.

As the season opened, deer license sales were about 2 percent higher than at the same time in 2011. A total of nearly 640,000 hunters had purchased one or more Michigan deer licenses. The firearm season remains open through Friday, Nov. 30.

Wingmaster

Oh, by the way Trib, here are the Michigan stats. I went ahead and did the work for you to show the "dwindling percentages" for Michigan. Sorry it does not fit your "hunting falling out of favor comment"

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 20, 2012

Contact: Brent Rudolph, 517-641-4903; Ashley Hippler, 989-732-3541; or Ed Golder, 517-335-3014

2012 Michigan deer hunting on the rise this firearm season

The 2012 firearm deer season opened Thursday, Nov. 15, and the Department of Natural Resources has compiled early impressions from the first few days.

As the season opened, deer license sales were about 2 percent higher than at the same time in 2011. A total of nearly 640,000 hunters had purchased one or more Michigan deer licenses. The firearm season remains open through Friday, Nov. 30.

Wingmaster

Errrrrr, what happen to the edit button?? How about a delete button? Makes me wonder why I came back to this forum!!

rajaju

Why is the Grand Haven Sen Meekoff sponsering a bill ,1350,to allow wolf hunting in Michigan when the study shows it will cost michigan taxpayers to fund it, does arlan have extra money ???????????

rajaju

Why is the Grand Haven Sen Meekoff sponsering a bill ,1350,to allow wolf hunting in Michigan when the study shows it will cost michigan taxpayers to fund it, does arlan have extra money ???????????

cantthinkofaname

I am not quite sure about a "Salute to hunters" when we have snipers shooting deer in the city.
I was walking out on Harbor Island and saw a pool of blood near the road..the blood trail led across the sidewalk to another pool of blood in the swamp.
It has bothered me since I saw it. I support the spirit of hunting...overpopulation of a species, family tradition, and of course, food.
We have a great open field where kids play soccer, football, friends toss a frisbee, work on golf swings, toss a ball for a dog. In this same rare & precious area there are birds & rabbits & deer & woodchucks & butterflies & dragonflies,so much life..it is such a great area! Can't we let the deer have it? They were here first, I am so afraid the city is preparing to add to their mess and extend into that wonderful area.
I know I have gone off on a tangent, I do respect hunters, I have no respect for a sniper who would shoot a deer under that big willow tree.Was it awake? Did he shoot it while it was sleeping? It is possible he didn't even have to get his cold blooded butt out of his truck, this deer was probably 8-10 feet away from the road.
Please Grand Haven Tribune do not do a story that salutes the snipers. I wonder how many deer are killed like this in the city, who knows about it and who keeps it quiet.

truthsentinel

That was a deer hit by a car - happens 43,000 times a year in Michigan.

dyankee

@cantthinkofaname...I have one for you: "Mr. Rogers"

cantthinkofaname

@truthsentinel - I am not looking for trouble...honest question...do you know for a fact the deer was hit by a car?
@dyankee - do I detect a note of sarcasm? In such a divided country I am not sure I would be so happy with a name that might indicate to some that you like a divided country. Or was 'freedom and justice for all' already taken?

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