I really didn't find a whole lot in that article either. Why do I hunt? That's who/what I am. I hunt for me and if that includes friends, family, kids all the better but in the end it's what I want to do and for the reasons that are all mine!
HM I don't think the story is asking why you hunt or who/what you are as a hunter. The Write analyzes himself in the article so I can see how you would think about ways and what fors.
The way I read it originally is the so called pro's are constantly pounding at us with their "SCORE" hunting videos, books, seminars, product endorsements and all the other garbage that goes along with "Profiting from a hunt" but now after reading it again I can see how ronn would look at this as an attack on "trophy hunters" and become so defensive, defensive enough to resort to name calling. (I forgive ya ronn)
The story begins with the Pro Hunter Ted Nugent incident nothing to do with "trophy hunting" but the story leads into that mindset because of "commerciality"
In my original post I posted a paragraph from the article but I guess I should have posted the text that led up to that paragraph and a little of the text after that paragraph,
here is what I should have posted. "What bothers me is that this whole thing was not about hunting, but about the spectacle of the event and part of what was essentially commercial.
Somewhere along the way some of us have lost sight of what deer hunting is supposed to be — fun and relaxing, a way to teach our kids about life, time spent outdoors with friends and chicken-fried backstrap. Somewhere along the way, it's morphed into an obsession with scoring big deer. Trophy deer. Somewhere along the way, the hunt has gotten lost.
I feel like we've moved into a look-at-me era of deer hunting, almost solely focused on the hunter and the outcome: killing a trophy deer; or raising a deer that scores over 200 inches; or winning some contest; or breeding a monster buck and selling its semen."
I think when the writer says "some of us have lost sight of what deer hunting is supposed to be"
I think he's referring to the Ted Nugents or the other pro's who are in it for commercial profit and not "the hunt".