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WHY I HUNT: THOUGHTS FROM A WOLF-LOVING, ELK-KILLING TREE HUGGER

by DAVID STALLING - featured in From the Wild Side, August 5, 2013
Not all hunters hate wolves.  Read on...

I'm a wolf-loving tree hugger and I hunt. I kill and eat wild elk.

Does this seem contradictory? It's not if you consider our Nation's conservation heritage, and see that most of our conservation heroes--including Theodore Roosevelt (who created national forests and wildlife refuges), Aldo Leopold (author of the conservation classic, "A Sand County Almanac") and Olaus J. Murie (founder of The Wilderness Society)--were all hunters.

I can understand people's disdain for hunting. As Edward Abbey (himself a hunter) once wrote, "Hunting is one of the hardest things even to think about. Such a storm of conflicting emotion!" I can't speak for all hunters, but will try and explain why I choose to hunt.

Read the entire post in From the Wild Side


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