I don't know that I ever want to shoot a deer. That's hubby's job and he does take two deer a year which provides us plenty of meat. I much prefer deer to beef (which I do not eat at all). It is a lean protein, and the animal has lived its life in the wild eating corn and wheat and grass.
But I would like to bring home wild turkey, pheasant, quail and dove.
So far, I've completed two sections of the Kansas online Hunter's Safety Course which has 13 chapters and the Ten Commandments of Firearms Safety. I'll be participating in a field day Aug. 3 including a test I have to pass.
Here are a few things I've learned so far:
- 10 percent of the U.S. hunts.
- 10 percent is opposed to hunting.
- The other 80 percent don't have strong feelings one way or another.
- Hunters hunt to provide food, for tradition, for fellowship, and as an outdoor activity (with the side bonus of providing meat). I think they forgot "preparing for the apocalypse" as one of the reasons to hunt :)
- There are stages to hunting enthusiasm like "shooter/bagger" where a person just wants to find the animal they're hunting, "trophy" where they want something to show off, "limit" where they hunt the max amount allowed, "method" where mastering hunting skills is paramount. Last is "sportsman" stage when the whole process is appreciated, not just what is brought home.
- The first firearms were little more than metal tubes called "hand cannons."
- The first mechanical firing system for firearms dates to 1400 or more than 600 years ago! I had no idea.