I’ve posted for 10 days on our hunt – today`s post will take us over 15,000 words. It`s been quite the journey – both the one I experienced in the bush and the one I went through as I chronicled the adventure here.
As explained before the posts went live, they are published exactly one-week after the adventure happened. Our cabin has no access to the outside world and I`ve really got no intent to be on the Internet when I`m in the middle of the woods.
I`ve now been home for 2 weeks – though it feels far longer. It took about 6 days before I wasn`t wincing at street cars and life feels back to a different normal. Each hunt really does leave me feeling a little different – something that I feel weird writing about. I don`t want to make things seem far bigger and more dramatic than they really are but it really is the truth. The same techniques I learn in hunting to control my breath and pulse in the heat of excitement are brought into the boardroom and have changed the way I work in my very corporate role.
I thought I`d recap some of the things I`ve reflected on in the last few days that are left with me – tomorrow (the last post in the series) I am intending to share some of the thoughts of others (will explain then):
- Killing and hunting are not synonyms. Killing is a part of the deal but I am more conscious than ever that this essential act is not the definition of the entire experience. It used to be the thing I focused on and struggled with for many years – it has become a smaller focus of the hunt. Seeing deer, turkey, spending time with my Father, friends and other camps are equal parts – some are greater.
- There are many parallels to what we do and what has been done for hundreds of years. There are many difference but more in common than I thought.
- I am becoming more comfortable sharing stories on hunting in public.
- The responses to our hunting posts have definitively changed. The topic still reduces our traffic significantly though the amount of emails, comments, tweets and other messages we have received are dramatically higher than in the past.
- People are commenting more – something I am way thankful for – it is so exciting to see and read comments and to hear other people`s stories. The kind words touch me deeply and those that challenge us to see different viewpoints are just as appreciated.
- Being there with my Dog is more fun than either of us could imagine – even if he sometimes abandons me to visit my Father.
- My new hunting gear is fabulous. Having dedicated dogging clothes was something I should have done long ago.
- I am, indeed, getting older. It was a new experience to be one of the older guys.
- I am becoming way more confident navigating the forest. This is usually the point she humbles me and I end up lost again. I am cautiously optimistic at my progress in the woods.
- There is finally something that I have found that I won`t eat…yet. I have no idea why I am fine with ears, tongue and cheeks and can`t eat eyeball. Just as interesting is why my friend could – except he skipped the pupil. In many ways it`s our friend that tried squash for the first time in his life (in his 40s) that is the braver eater – he tried the whole thing.
We`re going to announce the winner of our contest tomorrow and amalgamate the comments that have been posted as I think there`s some amazing content that`s been shared and many would miss. Would love to know if or what you`ve learned about hunting or your views on it through these posts or in general.
Thanks all for reading, it`s been fun sharing.
This is one of the posts of 9-straight which chronicle my 2010 Ontario moose hunt which began 1 week ago today. The 9 days will be posted through this week and next weekend and will try to capture the essence of my experiences hunting for local food. The link above will reveal all the posts which have been published so far – as well as the complete series from last year. Last years series emphasized a lot of my personal struggle with hunting.
Every comment that adds to the conversation on hunting (i.e. you don’t have to agree with any of our views – but comments that are exceptionally short or ‘attack’ people aren’t eligible) will count as a ballot in our Food Matters Contest (full rules and explanation here). We hope to create dialogue over hunting and consciousness of what we eat and will listen to all with open ears and open hearts, willing to listen and share with all points of view).