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Old 11-28-2011, 06:47 AM
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A matter of semantics.

When did we become farmers? When did we start growing deer? When did we start working at grocery stores instead of hunting? At what point did we start wrestling and setting fire to deer and other big game?

As an outdoor writer with over a half-century of experience writing for outdoor publications, I have often been asked to change the wording n some of my writing. On one point, I staunchly refuse.

I am not a farmer. I do not harvest deer. I am a hunter. I kill deer and I make no excuse for it. That is what I do. I am not a bag boy at a grocery store. I do not bag deer. I kill them. I am a hunter. I have never smoked a deer or given one a dirt bath. I have killed many.

Why must hunters succumb to such a ridiculous example of politically correctness? Hunting is a right, a privilege and a matter of heredity. Hunters kill. I kill. I do not harvest or bag or any of the cute phrases coined by television “stars”. I was on television for five years. Not once did I give anything a dirt bath or smoke a deer or elk. I killed them. When I did, they were not down. They were dead. Not one time did I pump my fist and say, "He's down! He's down." If I said anything at all, I said, "He's dead."

Why must we use any other word for what we do? We hunt. We kill. We have no catch and release.
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Old 11-28-2011, 08:47 AM
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I get what you're saying... but I don't have a problem with the word harvest. Just because you harvest something doesn't mean you grew it. You are harvesting the deer on your property for a better good- to feed your family and/or other people.
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Old 11-28-2011, 11:50 AM
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"Hunting is a right, a privilege and a matter of heredity."
Agree with you 110% on this!!!

"I do not harvest or bag or any of the cute phrases coined by television “stars”."
Guess I'm missing out (or not) with this one. Don't watch other folks out hunting, would rather be doing so myself.

"We have no catch and release."
Kind of hard to get the bullet or arrow back once it's been fired or released. You have no argument from me with you there either.

Political correctness (to me) has had its place in society - notice the past tense - but now I think it's time for people to put their 'political correctness' aside and start realizing that unless they stand up for what they believe in, then everything that's been fought for over the past 235 or so years will be lost. What's that old line from the C&W song?? "You've gotta fight for something -- or you'll fall for anything!"

Okay, I'll get off my soapbox now . . . . .

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Old 11-28-2011, 05:50 PM
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I get what you're saying... but I don't have a problem with the word harvest. Just because you harvest something doesn't mean you grew it. You are harvesting the deer on your property for a better good- to feed your family and/or other people.
I agree......
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Political correctness is a pet pieve of mine, I hate it when people just can't say what they mean and be done with it. Now that we have a bonified profesional outdoor writer in our midst do we have to use correct grammer and spelling?
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Old 11-28-2011, 07:42 PM
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Political correctness is a pet pieve of mine, I hate it when people just can't say what they mean and be done with it. Now that we have a bonified profesional outdoor writer in our midst do we have to use correct grammer and spelling?
Not if youens are from E. TN. It isn't expected.
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Now I have this image of scribe standing over his harvest lol with the warm heart with a bite missing and fresh blood running down his chin, renouncing his kill
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LOL good thang
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I use those phrases myself & not to be PC
to me it is just hunting talk or in the moment of excitement "I smoked him"
"or Bagged me a good un" Have No issues with it myself
& will say what I want. I am more concerned about keeping my privilege to hunt then what people call "killing a deer"
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I use those phrases myself & not to be PC
to me it is just hunting talk or in the moment of excitement "I smoked him"
"or Bagged me a good un" Have No issues with it myself
& will say what I want. I am more concerned about keeping my privilege to hunt then what people call "killing a deer"

I agree with GFD... I think many of those terms are used just because the hunter is PUMPED up because he/she just made a good shot. Now, granted there are some hunters on TV that are so goody-goody that I can't stand watching them (ahh hemm, David Morris).

Now, typically I always say harvest, but I see nothing wrong with the other sayings... but I get where you're coming from. To each his own.
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