Monday, February 28, 2011

The First Step

Well now I have completed my hunter's safety course. Here in Iowa, you can do the first half on line, for $25. Then attend an "Online Field Day" in which you listen to some conservation officers go over rules and regulations, as well as demonstrate firearm usage( no live fire though). I was somewhat disturbed by a conservation officer who advocated the half cock position on a traditional muzzleloader as a safety. Anyway, I have completed that requirement. Next month I will get my hunting license, followed by a Turkey Tag in April. There are supposed to be wild turkey's on my in-laws land. I've got to do some scouting next time we're home. I've got to get a hold of something to hunt deer with. I guess technically I could use my blackpowder pistol, but the odds of me actually hitting a deer with it are slim, much less killing it. Oh well, some day.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

So we begin

I know there are a lot of blogs out there. Even many about food. This is another such blog, but I add a twist. Maybe even not a unique one, but here we are.

Not that long ago I watched a documentary called Food Inc. It completely changed my viewpoint on food. Both what I eat and where what I eat comes from.

I believe in whole foods with as little processing as possible, and the less ingredients that I can't pronounce, the better. But it gets better. I eat meat. I enjoy it. I know there are many out there who decry the conditions animals are subjected to in feed lots and cages. They want free range and grass fed animals. So do I. I even know where to get them. You see, plenty of animals spend their entire lives outside of fences, roaming as they please, dining on natures bounty as they were meant to. Then someone(hopefully me) ends that abruptly with a bullet or arrow. Cruel you say? Have you seen how they treat cattle in some of those meat plants? You see my point.

Allow me to make some more points. An important part of hunting, and a crucial skill for any hunter, is the ability to make a quick kill. No one wants an animal to suffer, even hunters. We don't hunt because we want to torture creatures. There are thousands of reasons to hunt from food to getting in touch with the ways of our ancestors.

It is my belief that wild animals, legally and ethically taken, are the ultimate organic meat, untainted by the chemicals and mishandling of the modern food machine. It worked for man for eons, and it works now.