Many people are perplexed, even violently opposed to hunting. Those who don’t hunt but understand eating what you shoot, are still not comfortable with the whole idea. I’m not sure how many people in America today have ever had the experience of raising and selling livestock for consumption so the disconnect is understandable. And the whole idea that people who hunt truly love, study, and care about animals is completely puzzling.
This kudu hunt is a perfect example. We spent 8 days on 2 seperate trips to get this kudu. It was obviously, looking at the photos, an emotional moment. The culmination of the hunt was a compilation of many small moments throughout those 8 days. The highs a lows of looking for, and many times being out foxed by the perfect old bull. There was a miss, a few missed opportunities, blown stalks, and even more wrong decisions when you try to outthink an animal known as the “Grey Ghost of Africa’. It’s amazing how quickly you go from moments of great anticipation to feelings of futility as the days wear on. When you finally succeed, all of those emotions are expelled. And the realization that you finally did it are coupled with the end of a life.
It’s very complicated. It’s not for everyone. It is as strong a connection with our ancestors and Mother Nature as you will ever have.