Hunter man in camouflage with shotgun creeping through tall reed grass and bushes with dramatic sunset sky during hunting season

Hunter man in camouflage with shotgun creeping through tall reed grass and bushes with dramatic sunset during hunting season

Daydreaming about what has been my favorite week of the year for more than 50 years — a week at deer camp — I got to thinking again about the somewhat cerebral aspect of the deer hunt. Why do we hunt? Why, specifically, do I hunt?

If you have ever spent a week at deer camp you know that at day’s end, when the sweaty long johns are drying over the stoked wood stove and your camp mates are running an oiled patch through the barrel of their deer guns, the camp chatter covers a diverse range of topics from deer tracking and deer habits to hunting regulations and weather changes.

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