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Something Wonderful: The Hunters

“Don’t confuse me with being anything else other than proud. Proud to be a hunter. It’s time we stop apologizing for how we get our protein. This is who we are. Unless you’re a small-time rancher, small-time farmer, a hunter, or fishermen… you really have no idea where your food comes from. Most people don’t even think about it. Well, we think about it. ” – Donnie Vincent.

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  • Jahaziel Maqqebet October 20, 2020, 8:05 AM

    Yeah. Nothing says “protein”, “meat” and “proud hunter” like packing out a set of moose antlers. These mutts are not trying to pack out edible portions of the huge, harmless, majestic animal they just killed. They’re bringing back nutritionally worthless horns from the animals head.
    Needless to say, I call B/S.
    If you must eat meat, choke a chicken.

  • revbrogenerik October 20, 2020, 8:19 AM

    Moose are not harmless. Neither are cows, steer, goats, heck, even a male chicken can inflict some long lasting boo boo’s. Better stick with your mystery meat from the food science producers, Jahaziel. I hear they’re using all sorts of meat like stuff to feed the masses. No foo like a Tofu.

  • mary October 20, 2020, 8:33 AM

    revbrogenerik, LOL you made me laugh. I am stealing “No foo like a tofu.” for my own use. Thanks.

  • tim October 20, 2020, 9:01 AM

    I guess I must have missed the part where they left the meat behind and only took the “horns”.

    Anyways, after years of hunting and taking some years off I got the bug again to get back in the woods and try to fill the freezer. The problem is everyone and their brother is apparently gonn’a do the same this year in New York…feekin’ Chinese ruin everything.

  • EX-Californian Pete October 20, 2020, 9:06 AM

    Poor Jahaziel Maqqebet.

    I guess actually watching the above video would have made any Liberal all sad and terrified of those “evil, racist White folks” and their “scary guns and weapons”- doing what mankind has done for tens of thousands of years- hunting their own food.
    And hearing gunshots and seeing blood would probably cause some tear-soaked “sky screaming” by even the most macho Liberal female-to-male trans person.
    It must be terrifying for a Liberal to find themselves outside, in Nature- no “safe space” to run to when they might encounter one of Natures “mighty predators” like a squirrel or rabbit.

    Luckily for Liberals, they have alternatives- instead of the the Great Outdoors, they have cry closets and a handy hiding space under the bed. Instead of wild animals, they have teddy bears and stuffed pink poodles to comfort them in their times of fear and depression.

  • Fuel Filter October 20, 2020, 9:42 AM

    Pete, now THAT was a better than stellar take-down the likes of which I have rarely seen.

    You should ask AceofSpades if he would like a guest writer once in a while.

    All you need for your resumé is that idiot’s post and your response. He’d hire you on the spot.

  • James O'Neil October 20, 2020, 10:18 AM

    Donnie seems to be a glory hunter rather than a meat hunter but I don’t fault him for that.

    I made my peace with trophy hunters a long time ago. If their willing to spend the bucks to bring a rack back to hang on their wall and by doing so, cull the herds, taking out the old ones making room for the young ones to breed, leaving money and meat in the locals hands, paying bucks for a harvest ticket the money going to support fish & game officers overseeing, maintaining, substantiating, wildlife, I’ve come to accept that.

    By the way, Jahaziel, as a meat hunter I’d usually bring everything but the guts back. Everything including the hides and the racks, which I’d usually find uses for over the years.

  • gwbnyc October 20, 2020, 11:15 AM

    …they’re gonna die regardless- pass the A1.

  • ghostsniper October 20, 2020, 12:06 PM

    I wasn’t going to comment until I saw your mention Jim.
    I stopped watching the hunting shows long ago when they became riddled with high school cheerleaders in camo. Same with this guy. He may have been real at some point but then at another point his narcissism kidnapped him. He’s a punk.

    Indeed, if you harvest it at least have the nutz to use as much of it as possible, don’t waste it.

  • EX-Californian Pete October 20, 2020, 12:35 PM

    To Fuel Filter-

    Thank you for the compliment!

    After living in Commiefornia for 41 years (before returning to my home state in the Midwest) I was exposed to all the various types of Liberals and their insanity, which gave me a pretty thorough understanding of them. From L.A. to NorCal, they all seem to thrive on paranoia, self-crippling fear, being habitual “victims,” and of course, pure evil.

    Over that time period, I also discovered what the most terrifying thing of all is to Liberals- a large-stature, (6’4″, 210 pound) ugly, Harley-riding, Caucasian, Christian, 158 I.Q., well-informed-but-not–heavily-opinionated, Yi Dan, wearing an “NRA Recruiter” tee shirt and a MAGA hat- who prefers to deal with Liberals with a smile and a soft-spoken demeanor.

    God made me big and ugly for a reason, so why not use it to it’s fullest capacity?

  • M. Murcek October 20, 2020, 12:42 PM

    As Satchel Paige said, “It ain’t showin’ off if you can do it…”

  • Casey Klahn October 20, 2020, 1:41 PM

    I’ve yet to hear the actual argument against hunting. I use logic, so don’t be a piker; Bring it. Bring the argument. I hear sentiment, comparative vanities, ad hominem, but I never hear the why. I’ll give you a why to think about. Seattle voters somehow got the state to limit hound hunting for cougar. Much has gone completely to hell after this asinine decision. Hunting is normal and yet it has been under siege for sappy stupid emotional non-reasons.

    You like wildlife? Bullshit. As a semi-retired hunter, due to my age, I yet still live in hunting heaven. The pull of Canada and Alaska is less for me because I live in a wildlife paradise. 99.9% of my hunting career involved walking out my back door. I understand animal behavior, and I have immense and unrelenting respect for wildlife, be it game or just critter. My respect for deer, coyote, wolf, wild cats, moose, bear, riparians, all runs blood-deep, like the TV guys desire to hunt runs blood deep.

    You think differently when you’ve hunted. You know what adopting your scope is, you know how to think inductively. You live the OODA loop of decision-making. You aren’t squeamish about meat and blood and intestines.

    Anyway, fuck it. Who cares what others “think”? If you call it thinking. Again, no argument has even been made that I have heard to oppose hunting.

  • Jahaziel Maqqebet October 20, 2020, 1:55 PM

    I wasn’t going to comment until I saw your mention Jim.
    Who the heck is Jim?

  • Frank from Montana October 20, 2020, 2:54 PM

    Just a lurker but Jahaziel Maqqebet would have more credibility if he knew the difference between a caribou and a moose. I can guarantee that the meat from this harvested animal was packed out along with the antlers.

  • Auntie Analogue October 20, 2020, 4:39 PM

    A fitting quotation:

    “My favorite animal is steak.” – Fran Lebowitz

  • Anonymous October 20, 2020, 5:53 PM

    Jahaziel, from the looks of things you know perfectly nothing about fly in hunting or hunting from base camps in Northern Canada, Alaska or the Arctic and you apparently aren’t quick to know a set of caribou antlers from those of a moose.

    Men, who hunt from base camps, typically fly in by light aircraft and use horses to get around in that big country where roads are few, vehicles are fewer and the roads don’t actually lead anywhere. Using horses for riding and packing beats walking miles in the cold and rain because, very often, a trek on a horse will require an over night stay or two or three due to the distance to return to a base camp.

    When an animal is killed, just as these guys are showing, it is skinned, butchered, used for camp meat and the remainder of the carcass is boned out and packed back to base camp where a small airplane can fly in and take that meat to a storage facility. That is done to preserve the meat and to hopefully keep bears and wolves out of camp.

    The bones and offal are left for the carnivores and the hide and horns are also packed out and in this case, and likely for the sake of the video itself, these two guys are shown riding their horses across a shallow river. If you have an eye for detail you might even notice that the lead horse is looking straight at a camera and with interest. So, anyway, if a 20-30 day hunt has been successful, depending upon that success, aircraft might drop into base camp several times to deliver supplies, remove a hunter, deliver another hunter or take out meat and horns.

    Now, transferring hunters, equipment and the rest of the hunt is done in stages and if you’ll notice, those planes are small and caribou (or moose) antlers are very large and they just won’t fit in the trunk or behind the front seat so usually large antlers are lashed to the struts of the airplane to remove them from camp.

    Your comment on these fellas is very bizarre and I would wager that either of these ‘mutts’ as you call them, could very likely and with little effort at all, teach you a few things about manners in very short order but I expect that besides being knowledgeable, highly skilled and conservation minded hunters who know their craft, their game and how to live comfortably in harsh areas where 99% of the rest of the population would die a miserable death, that they are gentlemen first and foremost.

    Maybe you should go choke your own chicken. If you do, kindly provide us with a vid so that we can comment.

  • Annie Rose October 21, 2020, 6:44 AM

    I grew up with Thanksgiving meals that sometimes included venison, thanks to two of my uncles who loved to hunt and fish. They used every part of the animals they hunted and had great respect for them. Another uncle raised cattle and at a very young age I learned exactly where my delicious beef meals came from by seeing the slaughtered carcasses. I learned where my bread came from by watching my uncle and his hired hands working their combines on their wheat fields at the end of summer and sitting in their church on Sunday, listening to their prayers and tears to God to bring them rain during the growing season in dry years. It is very humbling to realize where your food comes from. Now I live in liberal land where we have beautiful forest preserves managed for us. Because of liberal tears for Bambi, no hunting is allowed. For years now the deer have developed wasting disease, because there isn’t enough food for them, they are overpopulated, there are no predators, and are slowly and painfully starving to death. How humane is that? Hunting serves a good purpose.

  • Snakepit Kansas October 21, 2020, 11:11 AM

    If we are referring to the picture at the top, that does not appear to be antlers from moose, but of caribou. I did not watch the video. When killing a large animal like moose, elk, etc. there are often multiple trips to get the four quarters, cape, head and backstraps. These guys have the meat also. I hardly believe that these guys took only the antlers as that would be illegal. When I shoot a deer I cut out the backstraps, tenderloins, hams and tops of the shoulders. Go down very far on venison shoulder and it is full of tendons that jam up your meat grinder. Meat between the ribs is not getting cut out either. None of it goes to waste. Coyotes and worms gotta eat too. I hunted in South Africa in 2002 and killed a zebra and black wildebeest. Trophies for me and fresh meat for the locals. Nothing wasted. Without the managed hunting, all the animals would be killed and crops would have been planted. Managed and guided hunting provides quite a few jobs for folks in very poor areas. Save a zebra and let some African family starve.

  • Fletcher Christian October 21, 2020, 1:03 PM

    I have no quarrel with hunting at all, except one. And that’s hunting endangered species, especially for trivial reasons such as sport, Chinese traditional “medicine” or a trophy to hang on your wall.

    The northern white rhino is now extinct, because old Chinese men think consuming their horns will keep their peckers up. The elephant is near extinction, because people like making ornaments out of their tusks. And several big cat species are near extinction because some men like to give their mistresses nice coats.

    Even common species ought not to be hunted too much. Passenger pigeons used to congregate in flocks so big they took literally hours to pass any particular point.

  • John Venlet October 21, 2020, 1:16 PM

    The northern white rhino is now extinct,…

    Close, Fletcher, but not quite.

    From August 30, 2020 Meet the Last Two Northern White Rhinos—and the Armed Guard Who Protects Them

  • Snakepit Kansas October 21, 2020, 6:27 PM

    Fletcher,
    Love you man but elephants are not near extinct and certainly not from LEGAL hunting. Also, Asian elephants or African elephants? Let us not confuse poaching from legal hunting.