The not-so-clean kill: Intent gone wrong

October 9, 2012

This summer, an aspiring hunter sent me an e-mail. Had I, he asked, ever wounded an animal but failed to kill and recover it? If so, how did I deal with that? He was contemplating taking to the field for the first time, and didn’t know how he would handle such an experience. Yet he […]

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The world of hunting: Diversity in plain sight

August 12, 2012

Every once in a while, a non-hunter asks me, “What’s the hunter’s perspective on such-and-such?” The question puzzles me. Hunters, after all, have a wide range of interests, motivations, and backgrounds. Some hunt deer, some hunt rabbits, some hunt waterfowl, some hunt upland birds, and some hunt all of these and more. Some hunt a […]

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Huntophobia: A reader rethinks anti-hunter prejudice

June 4, 2012

You never know how a conversation will reverberate, or what shape its echoes will take if they return to you. Late one night this spring, a reader sent me an email. A few hours earlier, she had been at one of my book discussions. In her email, she explained that she had grown up with […]

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Westward bound

May 5, 2012

You know those posts where I raise some question about food, animals, or human relationships with nature, and do my best to engage folks in an interesting conversation? Well, this isn’t one of them. This is a shameless plug. To date, all my book events have been here in New England. In the coming weeks, […]

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“Natural causes”: Life and death, food and fantasy

April 24, 2012

Maybe you saw the recent New York Times op-ed about the “myth” of sustainable meat and the need for us all to be vegans. Several rebuttals have already been written, including one by Joel Salatin, who rose to the occasion with his usual flair. So you can breathe easy: I’m not about to launch into […]

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Animals through a hunter’s eyes: Not just meat

April 8, 2012

“Did becoming a hunter change how you see wildlife?” The question came during a recent book talk. No, I thought. In my thirty-plus years as a non-hunter, I enjoyed watching all kinds of wild creatures, from goldfinches and squirrels to rabbits and herons. I still enjoy watching them. In those three decades, I also took […]

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Eating strangers, Eating friends

March 11, 2012

I haven’t known any of the deer I’ve eaten. I may have been intimately familiar with how whitetails moved through that stretch of woods. I may even have seen that particular deer before. But I haven’t spent an extended period of time getting to know the individual animal, letting him get to know me. This […]

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