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Subsistence Hunting — When Life Was Hard (Part 2)


Here's Part 2 of my series, "You Say You're Against Hunting?" If you're against hunting, you need to know what kind of hunting you're against, because there's more than one kind. Is this the kind of hunting you're against? I doubt it. It should not be necessary to remind people that the very first type of hunting humans ever did was subsistence hunting, and it was nearly universal. Humans hunted in order to subsist, to survive. Their methods were whatever allowed them to be efficient and successful, because if they didn't succeed they wouldn't survive.


On February 28 the Jamestown Gazette published "Subsistence Hunting — When Life Was Hard." I'm taking a look at the history of hunting in order to give hunters a tool that can help non-hunters and anti-hunters to understand hunting. We probably won't convert them to our side, but we might at least educate them and force them to think about something they feel strongly about but don't understand.


The painting by my friend, Jack Paluh, a well-known wildlife artist, illustrates this column (used by permission). In it, Jack shows Native Americans engaged in survival. Jack has made a lifelong study of eastern Native American culture, and his depictions are accurate. Is anyone against what they did? Of course not, and because they and other ancestors hunted, we are here today. Click on the link below to read "Subsistence Hunting — When Life Was Hard" to get a sense of what hunting was like for most of human history. (In Part 3, we'll take a look at "market hunting.")


To access more of my writing on hunting topics, go to the home page of my blog, Mission: Hunter.