“The joy of killing! the joy of seeing killing done – these are traits of the human race at large.” ― Mark Twain, Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World

The killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe by an American trophy hunter has fanned the flames of the controversy surrounding sport hunting. A familiar claim made by people opposed to sport hunting is that sport hunters “like killing things,” that is to say they enjoy killing for the sake of killing. This claim typically leaves me at a loss for words as it is so egregiously wrong. Yes, I enjoy hunting, but no, as hard as it may be for you to believe, I do not like killing things. While most of my hunting expeditions are in pursuit of game birds I enjoy big game hunting too. To date the extent of my big game hunting is in the pursuit of the whitetail deer. I was introduced to the sport of whitetail deer hunting by Jason, one of my hunting buddies and a seasoned deer hunter, in 2011. It was not until my second season in November 2012 that I shot my first whitetail deer. It was a happy and exciting moment for me; the successful conclusion of the hunt with a whitetail deer harvested and secure in the knowledge it was a fair chase as the deer we hunt are wild, not the least bit habituated to humans.

  • richfisher

    “Not for me, I just hunt deer and ducks”

    Without big game hunting in Africa land owners harvests all the game and put out cows like the Masi do.
    Then there’s no wild animals or almost no wild animals because the shutterbugs don’t pay enough to keep the animals alive. And if they do manage to keep some wild animals, the herds and prides will require controlled kills to manage populations anyway, But like Ontario disappeared spring bear hunt, the gubment will off the animals and dump the meat in the landfill and charge the taxpayer money for doing what hunters used to do and give them money.

    Then when “big Game hunting is gone the animal rights people will move on to ridding us of the needless deer hunt then duck hunting, then gun ownership is not needed then we’re naked Jews standing in what we thought was a shower.

    • oskar dirlewanger

      jews don’t shower

    • mobuyus

      Is that you Ricky Fisher?

  • oskar dirlewanger

    jews like to kill unarmed Palestinians

  • canminuteman

    “I don’t hunt to kill, I kill to have hunted”
    I think some people get the impression that hunting is easy. I have been moose hunting in North West Ontario 4 times in the last decade. We spend 24 hours driving there, 24 hours driving back, camp in the below zero fall weather, are up from before first light ’til after dark every day, and on those 4 expeditions I have not seen one moose that I could take a shot at. I have spent hundreds of dollars on license fees and have nothing to show for it. I enjoy the trips nonetheless.