The Importance of Choosing the Right Words in Hunting and Harvesting

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  • David's avatar

    I always went with both.

  • El's avatar

    Dunno buy I wish the term “trophy hunting” was never spoken again

  • Butch's avatar

    I enjoyed the article! I don’t need the meat as much as I used to as it’s just me and the wife now. So I guess the last 15 years I’ve been hunting. I will say this I never passed up meat when I was out but I always wanted that meat to be a Trophy. Hey a guy can always dream!!!

  • Bruce's avatar

    I have been hunting, the term I use whenever I go into the wild with the intent of killing a species that I am targeting whether it be small or large game. I shot my first animal , a rabbit with a Ben Pearson long bow at the age of 10. The last animal I shot was a dry doe whitetail deer with a TC pro hunter muzzle loader at the age of 81 this past December. I hope to have many more hunts or”harvest” whichever anyone wants to call it.

  • Bruce's avatar

    For those that care what it’s called, get lost somewhere. 😂 The @Woke” is hung up on words.

  • Dave's avatar

    Good article and “don’t get high off your own supply” made me chuckle as I try to recall the song. However, the semantics of describing our hunts somewhat depends on the audience. Today’s society is soft and mentally weak and often offended or sensitive to our descriptive realities. We’re not talking about catch and release fishing. Once you squeeze the trigger or send the arrow, you own that shot. Once the animal is hit and goes down there’s no going back, it’s terminal. You killed the elk, deer, bear or whatever the target. You shot and killed it. Again, insert sensitivity into the equation and an attempt to keep some form of etiquette and for the protection of hunting I might say that I “took a bear last year” if I’m at work or a BBQ or something. Now it changes if I’m speaking to a close friend and fellow hunter, “I killed a bear back in there last year. I shot it up on the ridge and although it was a double lung pass the shot I tracked it down the mountain. There was not much of a blood trail.” More descriptive where a non-hunter would cringe or question ethics. I’ve had people ask if I feel remorseful? Briefly, but when I ask if they feel any remorse when they BBQ a burger you see the lightbulb go off. I highly doubt the dinner conversation is around the feelings of that cows final moments. Defining hunting and harvesting in your article is really one in the same with two different goals. Within the hunting community it’s understood. To use the word “harvested” with people outside the hunting community to describe a specific hunt, I don’t agree and will use “took” or “taken” and sometimes just call it as it is “killed.” Either way we’re playing semantics to protect what we love to do.

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