This is our 5th year of writing about hunting; if you’re new to our posts on the subject, here’s a few things you should know. 1) There will be no gory photos (if we change this decision in the future you will have ample warning before scrolling to see them). 2) We eat everything we hunt; in years that our cabin doesn’t kill animals, we eat far less meat (and already live on a meat-reduced diet). 3) If you’re looking for the basics of where to start or how I’ve decided to do this (even after years of living as a near-vegetarian), my article An Introduction To Hunting in Ontario (Moose, Deer and Birds; Confessions of a one-time “Vegetarian” is a great place to start. 4) This series will run through Friday. You can find this years series here.
Thursday, October 24th, 2013. 8:30AM
We got off to a slow start this morning.
The pressure is off the hunt and we only have calf tags left. There’s no great passion in harvesting (killing) calves except:
- 1 out of 2 will perish through the winter. Culling calves (in much the same way that other herds and plants) will make more food available to the survivors. The hunt is a controlled hunt meant to maximize the population for future hunts (and others to enjoy as well of course).
- It’s good learning and we’re here to hunt. As someone who’s hunted for 25 years and never had the opportunity to shoot anything larger than a bird, the challenge looms over my head. I’m sure that’s difficult for some to read but it’s the full truth – I’ve never had the opportunity to shoot a moose and I won’t know if I can until the opportunity presents itself, thus it’s something I long for….