the one that got awayPosted: January 7, 2012
I’ve talked about this before and I am very aware that it is not to everyone’s taste, but we shoot game and we do it because it is challenging, it takes us to some wonderful places and it puts food on our table.
Not only does it put food on our table but we do it ourselves and face the difficulties that come with the decision to kill our own food. There is an honesty to it that I find acceptable in the pursuit of what is considered by most to be an unattractive sport.
We were on a shoot recently, where I was very much amused to see a very nonchalant pheasant wandering about in the background of a line of guns on that very day.
There was definitely an air of caution about how it was sneaking around in the background, and it certainly looked at one point like it was saying to itself “there’s nothing to see here’ out of the corner of it’s mouth as it sidled off into the woodland.
This is in stark contrast to the fate of others as can be seen in the following shots.
It isn’t nice to witness but a clean kill is good to see and everything we shoot gets eaten. I don’t agree with it if all it is to you is sport. I won’t kill if I am not capable or inclined to clean, prepare and eat what it is whether that is a fish, pheasant, a pigeon, a deer, a mushroom or berries from the woods.