It’s a them-against-us world out there, with the tone of today’s political and social discourse often falling down the lines of an, “If you’re not for us, you’re against us,” mentality. For sure, hunting has fallen victim to that mentality from those who surely know what is best for the rest of us, if we would only recognize their unalienable wisdom.
Homegrown like ideological terrorists – if terrorism entailed attacking a lifestyle with ignorance and snobbery simply because you didn’t like to do it – in our nation’s cities and suburbs, the physical and mental distance between country and cultural center only fan the flames of persistent discord. But sometimes you have to wonder, why all the hating? In the immortal words of Rodney King, “Can we all just get along?”
Well, we think we’ve figured out exactly why anti-hunters are from Venus and the rest of us are, well, from Earth. Following are eight of the top reasons anti-hunters can’t stand you.
<h2>8. Hunters have co-opted the word “outdoors”</h2>Everyone loves the idea of the outdoors, even if they don’t really understand it or want to spend time in its purest, most raw state – that is, as an active player in the whole predator-prey relationship. <p> Don’t believe me? Just take a cruise past the entrance of some of our nation’s finest and newest golf courses and McMansion neighborhoods, and you’ll find names like Hunter’s Glen, Deer Chase or Fox Run, for example. City folks love the rugged image of the outdoorsman chopping wood, carving out the land and standing tall among the wilderness, but too many of them only want to experience it in the pages of Southern Living, from the bug-free safety of a screened-in porch or from the climate-controlled interior of a Lexus rambling down a paved road at Yellowstone. <p> Despite this, it irks them that they can’t claim the term “outdoorsman” for any of the activities they find acceptable. Whether you camp, hike, kayak or rock climb, you still aren’t an outdoorsman. Nope. That term is reserved for a hunter – and our consumptive angling brethren – and nobody else.