Late last night I was trying to catch up with the many blogs I read. I would like to say that the quality of the bloggers affiliated with Outdoor Bloggers Summit is exceptional! The truth is that the writing steadily improves and quite frankly I think in many cases surpasses that of professionals in the traditional sectors!
My many friends out there, I want you all to know that I do read just about every post that comes out, but I am limited to the number of comments I can type out! So please know that I am there with y'all almost every day even though I may not comment.
I was going through Deer Passion's Blog when I bumped into this:
Sorry to post twice, I just landed on your blog. I'm not a hunter (which you'll know if you read my first comment). But all of the hunters I've met in my life talk about how much they love the wildlife they hunt. And yet I rarely hear about hunters off-season going out just to appreciate wildlife the way many of us non-hunters do. I don't fully understand that. Am I just reading that wrong? I hate to make generalizations. For me, there's nothing more captivating that being out on the trails, seeing the hawks and eagles and deer and the bobcats (they live in my area) -- especially since this time of year there tends to be calm, owing to the fact that is off-season for much game. It's sometimes easier to get close to the animals and be a part of their world in a non-threatening way. I've read posts about guys in utter despair after deer season, planted in the chair watching hunting shows. If you appreciate the outdoors and wildlife as much as I do, you just want to be out there, hunting or not. Or so it would seem.
OK, I understand and appreciate Julia's perspective.
I answered back immediately without giving it much thought; (I'm from the ready, shoot, aim, school of verbal repartee):
First of all, thanks for stopping by our fellow OBS member Deer Passion. We always appreciate new readers and good questions.
Many of us do have off season pursuits, I fish, restore habitat, camp, garden, tend my bees, grow hickories for planting in public places, I try to hog hunt, and pick up trash at the preserves and public spots I frequent. I also teach kids about the outdoors, including fishing, hunting, trapping, bio diversity, perma-culture, ecology, ethics, and morality; not to mention the basics like logic, reading writing, and arithmetic.
You make an interesting comment though about how much you appreciate the outdoors when you are out there. I would suggest that you also try to educate those around you that don't take the time to really see what's out there.
We Sportsmen, like Deer Passion, NorcalCazadora, The Suburban Bushwacker, and all my friends at the Outdoor Bloggers Summit see the outdoors, and all its splendor, everyday. Because we LOOK for it!
As I was writing I thought that Julia really deserved a better, more thought out answer. So I added:
You have motivated me to write a more thorough explanation, Please look for it sometime after 9PM 2/24/09 on my blog The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles.
And here I am.
I am firmly of the opinion that outdoorsmen have a greater ability to find the natural beauty they seek where ever they are. Whether it's peregrines in New York City, deer in the suburbs, or squirrels racing along a power line, we tend to see them long before anyone else does.
We also have a vested interest in maintaining the wild spaces around us. We are the ones that that fund the great outdoors for the use of many.
I've been sitting here for over an hour wracking my brain for a better answer than what I wrote yesterday. I wrote the last two thoughts out, but I don't know any better way to explain what I feel and do in the outdoors than to invite Julia to read my archives.
I already listed some of the things I do.
I feel like I have not explained myself thoroughly enough, but I am also feeling that I am trying to justify something.
And you know something, I don't feel that I need to justify anything I do. If it isn't obvious then I don't mind explaining, but this is coming dangerously close to justification.
Maybe some of my friends might lend a hand here.
Albert “Afghanus” Rasch
The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles
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