“Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed…we simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in.”
— Wallace Stegner (The Sound of Mountain Water)
Growing up as a child my grandfather would go on hunting trips and I mostly imagined a bunch of Elmer Fudds killing Bambi’s mom. Luckily I’m very close with him and respected that he would be very noble about the endeavor; but guns were still frightening to me especially shooting them at a living thing. That slowly started to change when a friend of mine would talk about hunting as one of his favorite things. He is like a walking encyclopedia when it comes to firearms and his knowledge of the subject was fascinating. I started to see firearms differently, almost as pieces of art and discovered that each one has its own history. Also, the more I thought about where our food comes from, and how it’s processed, it made question whether hunting is nobler way to provide food then through the cramped surroundings and industrial slaughterhouses most of our meat comes through now. I’m not sure where this will lead me, but my mind has been opened to possibilities, and the library has been a great resource of learning about the subject.
Two books I enjoyed by women hunters:
I found this book to be the most relatable read regarding hunting as a woman. Informative and eye-opening, Lily shares her experience of learning and becoming a hunter in Bend, Oregon. As a reporter she captures the unknown and with adoration takes the audience with her. She talks about hunters as conservationists and wildlife advocates and comes to terms with the cultural stereotypes we can so readily believe.
Girl Hunter: Revolutionizing the Way We Eat, One Hunt at a Time by Georgia Pellegrini
Having left New York to seek the truly organic way of enjoying her food by hunting it, gathering it, and respecting the process of where it comes from when she procures it herself, Georgia chronicles her journey to becoming a hunter. Georgia’s chapters are set up by the game she has hunted along the way, making each chapter its own short story of the journey with delicious recipes thrown in.
And a few more titles: