I often ask myself…

…just how hungry I’d need to be to take that shot.


I’m from a part of Michigan and of a class where even urban people commonly sally forth annually to try and slay the vicious Whitetail. Killing deer is not foreign to me, and I don’t condemn it. But even back then I quietly objected to people doing it for fun. After all these years…

I like having them alive and somewhat unafraid. I could do it, but I’d need to be getting hungry.

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8 Responses to I often ask myself…

  1. brew says:

    I always assumed you didn’t take a deer or two was a processing and food storage issue, not a love of deer…

  2. Joel says:

    Wouldn’t go so far as love. Might plead guilty to squeamishness.

    Now, range cattle – I’d slaughter them for fun if it wouldn’t get me imprisoned. I’ve hunted and killed feral dogs. And I kill lots of smaller varmints. But I just sort of enjoy watching deer and elk.

  3. Joel says:

    Upon reflection – I kill animals when there’s a good reason to do so. Otherwise, live and let live has been a pretty good motto.

  4. brew says:

    [Upon reflection – I kill animals when there’s a good reason to do so. Otherwise, live and let live has been a pretty good motto.]

    That would be my policy as well… I have a friend with a hazelnut orchard and invites squirrel hunters to come over and indulge themselves, but I wouldn’t do so unless I was going to personally eat them.

  5. Anonymous says:

    But man, they are tasty… Michigan boy who has a full freezer

  6. Judy says:

    If they were your only meat source…

    I on the other hand, like venison and have dressed out more than one, so…

  7. Erik says:

    I take deer each year. It is for the sole purpose of stocking the freezer. Each deer taken is a calculated thing so as to not impact one sex or the other to ensure next year and ten years later the numbers keep growing. This is something I take pretty serious. We use game cams and specifically take a particular (or multiple) deer based on what we know is here.

    Being I am in Michigan myself, the DNR here absolutely depends on hunters to help manage derr populations and prevent winter starvation.

    I completely respect your position on not taking them for fun. I frequently mock and shame hunters that are there to just hunt for trophy or antlers. In my family, you hunt for food, you use every bit of it you can and you do it with respect.

    The flatlanders that flock to Northern Michigan from the city each year to drink, I mean hunt, are a sorry excuse and pitiful way for a good deer to die.

    Aside from hunting deer for out food, each winter we continue to feed the deer on out property, especially in the harsh winters to do out part in helping them through. I get it that feeding deer in controversial due to CWD, I will continue to unless I see unhealthy deer which at that time I would happily help the DNR know about it.

    I love seeing your pics of the wildlife. We make a point of pulling our game cam pics weekly and it turns into a family event to see who is showing up and what they are looking like. That is until we see some crazy glowing eyes in the background of something other than a deer and then the family suddenly doesn’t want to go outside after dark. lol 🙂

  8. Erik says:

    ….and clearly I have to proofread my comments. Honestly, and sadly, English is my first language even though my comment woundn’t reflect that. LOL

To the stake with the heretic!