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At the most basic, primitive level... I believe we are hunters. Why do we take kids out? Because now that primitive instinct goes dormant to fast food and grocery delivery services, video games, and political BS.You often hear people say things like "humans are natural born hunters, predators at birth". Yet we hear also that we must take our kids out hunting early to insure they become hunters. That they follow in our footsteps and become hunters for life.
Maybe we are not born hunters, maybe we are as the "anti's" say just teaching are children this. Maybe it's like other very enjoyable activities...you name them...that once experienced and especially experienced at a young impressionable age we continue seeking this enjoyment for a lifetime.
Abandon on a island at birth with a plentiful food supply, would we naturally start hunting? Are we just perpetuating an addiction? People that have never used a drug do not crave it. Is hunting just another "high" that our brain craves?
At the most base level, why do we hunt?
+1 some of this went over my head (this is deep) but definitely agree with this take in general.GaryFish - BP:
There is no way it is a learned behavior; only additional skills are learned as with any instinctive behavior such as with a mother suckling her newborn as the new born searches for the food; and the mother makes minor adjustments till the offspring learns how to nurse; and how to push away the other siblings.
It is definitely instinctive, deeply bedded in our DNA and our wiring. You cannot turn off hundreds of thousands of years of chemical wiring. It is deeply instinctive. Eating, drinking, reproduction etc... and hunting. And they are all related...
The arguments as to why we go or went hunting such as "...to be with my dad" or "..because I went as a kid" etc. etc.. etc... are aspects of the hunt just as it is to provide support and sustenance to clan, tribe or family. How can you describe that feeling of a successful hunt and vehicle full of game?? It is deep and fulfilling for the village is sustained yet again.
Here is the thing. The instinct being primordial needs an awakening; and once alive it is overpowering. Only the additional skills are learned and in learning the skills more of the instinct comes alive and becomes more intense. And yes there are some that try to learn but the instinct is just not there. We have seen this; however is the exception that proves the rule.
Most of you have likely had the experience of knowing game is in the area or you are about to get a shot....ahhhh there it is. The instinct alive. When I am hunting with good hunting partners, we call it "....getting birdy...". Just recently I said to my lady friend while driving, "There is a deer!" But I was looking to my right at her as we were talking, and the deer was over my left shoulder outside my peripheral. She said that freaked her out a bit and the hair was standing up on the back of her neck, "How did you know? You were looking at me?" I said thats OK; it only seems freaky the first few times.
Some people just do not have the instinct and have not the interest nor the aptitude in learning. The great paradox is that others proclaim they are anti-hunters and yet their primordial instincts are awake and alive only they ARE hunting - us.
No, it is instinctive to one degree or another; and say what you will, hunting IS necessary for survival; the exercise, the change of scenery, the camaraderie, the challenge, the learning, realism of participating in nature, being true to ones' inner self and the need for natures original health food (I have not bought meat the store for several decades).