I’m not a hunter, which is something to bear in mind as I write this, but at the same time I have a deep respect for the American Hunting Tradition. When I lived in Indiana, the first day of deer season was a big deal for a lot of local families, with kids taking the day off from school in many cases to hunt with their fathers. I’m certain that it’s the same in many other states, especially West Virginia where Richard is from – to say to kids playing in a rec league that they have to choose between basketball and hunting with their fathers is culturally insensitive and borderline stupid.
We’re taught now to respect people’s traditions and cultural values – but I guess for some people a practice that predates the existence of our nation isn’t a cultural value that’s worthy of respect, and that’s just too bad. This is why even though I’m not a hunter I support NRA, NSSF, and other organization’s efforts to continue the hunting tradition. Even as the number of hunting licenses decreases in the country as we get more urbanized, I believe that the outdoor experience and the familial bonding activity of hunting is tremendously valuable and something that’s worth preserving.