Craig Steele, publisher, ORGhunt.com
As I sit here & think about the future of hunting, I am not going to lie to myself, it’s very bleak. We have in house issues such as access, cost, commercialization, fairchase & so on. And while we all debate these important issues, the outside issues & community are slowly picking us apart. I know technology & the speed of communication will only speed up this process and unless their is a HUGE culture shift.
I have always poured my heart out on my vids & writing. I have always tried to be as transparent as I could, because I know my own truth. I know where I have been, what I have done & I never want to be called a FAKE. I never want my kids to look at their dad as a pretender. I never want to get paid for something I didn’t earn. We all want transparency, until we look at ourselves in the mirror and we see the truth staring back at us. We quickly walk away & go back to our, it’s all about ME fantasy. Once we don’t get what is better for ME, we toss darts. We place blame on something or someone, while we continue lie to ourselves. I have been there, but I refuse to go back to that place.
As a hunting community, we have to be honest with ourselves, in order to make hunting work in the future, we have to recognize that we aren’t the only person at the table. We need land to recreate on, so we have to do our best to maintain good relationships with landowners & the GENERAL public who can legislate us out of hunting on public land. We need public perception to lean toward the positive when they think of trophy hunting & hunting as a whole. We have to reach out & work with different groups & people in order to pass down our hunting heritage to future generations. We have to get involved & be slow to speak & quick to listen.
Entitlements are woven into today’s culture, from a few entitled ranchers, to individuals who lie and rape the system every month, but when is the last time you looked in the mirror as a hunter & ask yourself, am I guilty of feeling entitled? Am I entitled to hunt?
Have a blessed Easter.