Why Hunting Can Boost Your Well-Being and Happiness
Since the beginning of time, humans have depended on animals to survive. Although hunting has always been a primary means of food, there have been other uses for wild game such as clothing and shelter.
If you've never hunted then, your manhood is in question - no really. Extensive research has shown that hunting promotes well-being, health, and happiness in men. It turns out that pulling the trigger can be good for you, even if it's bad news for the object at the end of your scope.
Physical Benefits for Hunters
All hunters have one thing in common. To get to their hunting destination, they have to get out of the truck and walk some distance to the stakeout. They often pack lots of gear. They also have to go on long hikes through harsh terrain that includes thick woodlands, steep hillsides, and across overgrown fields.
If they make their kill, they have to pack their wild game back to the car on what could be multiple trips. Hunting requires men to be in good physical shape to endure the hardship of the natural landscapes.
Mental & Emotional Benefits
Ask any hunter, and they will tell you that hunting is therapeutic. It also sharpens the mind, motor skills, and instincts. For the hunter, there is rarely anything as satisfying as scouting your prey, plotting and planning your hunting spot, and waiting a few months until the season is open. Then you calmly wait for hours until that perfect deer or turkey finally rears its head between the cross hairs.
Few sports allow you to retreat from the stress of your fast-paced life like hunting. It allows you to go back into the woods and simply relax. When life gets tough, the tough go hunting.
Healthy Eating From Nature
It's a common misconception to think that all meat is the 'organic' or natural. If you want your meat to be free of antibiotics, pharmaceuticals, hormones, and the 'pink slime', you're better off packing your shotgun and heading for the woods. The farming and meatpacking industry are guilty of domesticating (meaning drugging) their animals. These days, you never know what's in your meat.
By contrast, eating wild game is a healthier solution. Wild game is leaner than farmed meats. It's a viable source of CLA dietary fat, Omega-3 fatty acids, protein and a wide array of vitamins and minerals as nature intended.
And in case you're wondering, by eating wild game, you run a significantly lower risk of getting foodborne illness such as Salmonella and E.coli. Foodborne illness runs rampant in farm raised animals who are often tortured and slaughtered using unsanitary methods.
Satisfaction of Sharing
What is the cardinal sin that any hunter can commit? Wasting prey. Although there are hunters out there who kill purely for 'sport', there is an unwritten code of ethics among hunters. One of the codes: If you have more than enough meat to fill your freezers, give it away.
This is why you often see hunters donating meat to the impoverished or sharing it with their neighbors. Hunters know that there's more than enough food to go around if we all use what we kill in a responsible manner.
Bromance and Social Benefits
If you want to see what bromance looks likes, then take a bunch of guys on a hunting trip. The hunting community is one large fraternity of brothers who all have the same goal - make the kill and talk about it with dudes over coffee or a beer. Although having some alone time is enjoyable, nothing compares to hunting expeditions with friends or family.
Time to Get Your Nature On
For many of us who live in the suburbs or right in the middle of a major metropolitan area, any visit to the country might as well be a Disney vacation. As humans, we often believe that we are separate and apart from nature. But the truth is, we instantly feel connected with mountains, trees, rivers, and wild animals as soon as we enter the woods.
Being one with nature is essential to our well-being. It gives us a greater perspective of the world around us. We gain an appreciation for things that aren't human made. We feel the life and energy of creation unfolding around us. Hunters understand the balance of life and have a great appreciation for it in the midst of nature.
Keeping the Ecosystem in Balance
Despite the good intentions of the animal rights activists, much of the information against hunting is either inaccurate or downright false. Like all other predators, hunters keep the ecosystem in balance by taking part in managing the animal population.
The conservation of species through hunting ensures their survival over the long run. One little-known fact is that much of the revenue generated from the gaming industry is used directly for the conservation of land and preservation of wild animals. Both hunting and the industry that it supports does far more good for animal rights than harm.
Get Off the Couch and Go Hunting
There's an old saying that goes, "If you are too busy to go hunting, then you're just too busy!" Every guy needs to add at least one hunting excursion to his bucket list. Practice responsible hunting, enjoy the nature, respect the animals, and get away for a relaxing time with friends and family. You'll be glad you did.
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