Hunting (2)

Velázquez ‘s portrait of the Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand , Governor General of the Southern Netherlands , with his hunting dog and gun. For instance, I have a decision this fall: I could go deer hunting three hours away from dwelling in the Mendocino National Forest, exactly where I could camp out for 3 days surrounded by other hunters and under no circumstances see a legal buck, or I can drive 45 minutes to a friend’s ranchette exactly where they see huge bucks all the time, and have an excellent chance of bagging a single.

Considerably of what holds for deer hunting does not apply to fox hunting, say, or to hunting mountain lions with hounds, to hunting raccoons with hounds, to varmint shooting for coyotes, woodchucks, prairie dogs, and the like (bracketing off moral issues about varmint shooting for the moment). Ted Kerasote deserves credit for drawing my attention to the agrarian context of hunting as sport.” In Bloodties , though he does not delve deeply into the term itself, he does explore the question of agriculture and what it means for humans and for hunting.

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