Into the Woods

Around 90 percent of human history, people foraged and hunted wild animals, and only relatively not long ago, these hunter-gatherer societies were changed to new communities that rely mainly on the farming of domesticated species. The environment has changed since then, with high-rising buildings that emerged where forests once took root and scary wild beasts have converted to pampered and loved pets, which made the instinct to hunt, due to its lack of necessity in modern society, less common than it was before.

Hunting has long been practiced to procure meat for human consumption, but the modern hunter instinct is usually fulfilled by going to a grocery store and coming home with a filet mignon in a plastic bag instead of bringing pray from the forest. Another way we satisfy our hunter’s instinct is by looking for Pokemon in the streets through the screen of the smartphone instead of looking for a wild deer in a forest. Even if we almost forgot the wild lifestyle of our ancestors, yet there are still real ways to feed the inner hunter instinct, escape the modern concrete jungle, and to go into the woods. However, it is not so easy as it was for our ancestors. Hunting is now legally regulated, with strict formal government laws and control mechanisms, as well as informal, unwritten laws, and a moral hunting code. It is a long and difficult process to get a hunting license, and even if one does get it, one is not allowed to just to go and hunt – there are many rules to follow.

Statistics show that lawful hunting is a necessary component of modern wildlife management. In many places of the world, excessive hunting without rules has contributed to the endangerment and extinction of many animals in the past. However, strict legal regulations have helped to change this situation for the better, and now forests have way more wild animals again, as excessive hunting is prohibited, and the limit and the type of prey are set.

Hunters and nutritionists advocate that the meat from a healthy wild animal, which has lived its life freely, generally has a higher nutritional value than that of a domestic animal that was raised unnaturally. No hormones or antibiotics have been added to their diets, which is a massive problem in farming today.

There is a constant debate between hunters and animal rights activists as to whether hunting is good or bad for the environment. However, as the daughter of a hunter, and the wife of a hunter, I believe that hunting keeps the wildlife population in balance.

I am not a hunter, and I have no instinct for it, but this December I had a chance to take part in a real forest hunt – and I hunted for good photo shots with my camera. Take a look at my catch.

The beauty of the forest…

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forest tree trunk

forest

Before the hunt…

hunter in the forest

hunter

hunting meeting before the hunt

Hunting dog…

hunting dog

Into the woods…

into the woods for hunting

Ready…

hunter with a gun

Catch of the day…

hunter with a fox

My moose cake for hunters…

cake for hunters

And the photographer – me 🙂

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