Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Bunny Hunt

OK, Hunting week continues amid some controversy that I am posting pictures of children next to animals that they did not actually kill. Anyone who lives in West Texas knows that any respectable young man gets his first prong horn antelope before his 6th birthday, but I can understand that this might sound foreign to those not privileged enough to live here. Also, there is growing anger over what some perceive to be a lack of choices in this week's poll question. Some have felt that the poll as configured might include some degree of bias, and might not generate scientifically valid results. Well, against this growing outrage against the editorial practices at OPOD, we present this picture. We will call it what looks to be a boy holding what looks to be a dead rabbit, that he might or might not have just shot. There. That should be safe. Many thanks to Heather for submitting the picture from her family album.

20 comments:

  1. It looks like he will get his family feed that nice fall day.
    I just don't like it when people kill for the heck of it. Call it sport, but as long as you eat the meat then every thing is fine with me.
    People that kill some an animal just for the antlers and not take the meat are as good as pond scum to me. I don't mind some one mounting their horns as long as they ate the meat also.
    R

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  2. I just don't understand how anyone can kill any of God's beautiful creatures for the fun of it. If it was threatening you life (or any life)then I understand.
    Now, I could kill a snake, an ant or roach, but not a spider,lizard, or squirrel.

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  3. Isn't it wonderful to post provocative comments while remaining anonymous?

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  4. What a great picture. I love his attitude. Dad used to hunt and it was to put food on the table for nine kids during the Great Depression and WWII when rationing was the mainstay. As an interesting aside, none of the nine sisters suffer from osteoporosis. A neighbor's doctor tells me that this is because they lived on farms where they had access to fresh milk and other bone building foods. Their counterpart, my neighbor, was raised in NYC during the 30's where she and her 12 siblings only got powdered milk on rare occasions when they could afford it. She suffered eleven fractures in her back so far this year alone.

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  5. So awesome. Look, at that look on his face. My Grandpa used to hunt rabbits for dinner all the time.

    It's sad that people do not understand what life was like just two generations ago.

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  6. Just because people that do post that are not anonymous doesn't mean that the name they use is their real name.

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  7. I'm the second "Anon" on this page this morn. I'm not ashamed to admit it.
    I grew up in the country. My father and uncles went hunting for rabbit, squirrel, bird, you name it. We ate it. They did not hunt for sport but to feed their families. Today more people hunt for fun, that's what I object to.

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  8. I believe that is really a small man holding a faux animal and a fake gun.

    I don't care one way or the other about hunting. It happens, I can't stop it. We fished when I was a kid and I suppose that can be considered hunting. We ate everything we caught.

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  9. As for your poll, anyone who trusts the government should not be coming here to OPOD.

    So the single choice gave your poll its needed scientific edge. Just sayin'…!
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  10. Dont' forget salvaging roadkill. You're driving your truck down the road and a panicked deer runs across at the wrong time and place. I'm not talking about hitting a deer deliberately, but accidents. You can drive on, or you throw it in the back of the truck and salvage cuts of meat.
    Once my brother traded a six pack of beer for a deer some fellows had just hit. Not even a 12 pack! It was delicious. (I'm sure it was illegal too.)
    If salvaging fresh roadkill isn't on one of Jeff Foxworthy's "you know you're a redneck if.." lists, it ought to be.
    All the hunters I know eat their trophy kills. One fellow and his daughter went to Africa for big game. The native help ate the meat - it was part of their wages. They came home with stuffed heads. I think it's a shame to shoot trophy animals because they represent the best of the gene pool.
    Wasn't Audi Murphy such a good shot because he hunted a lot for his dirt poor family?

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  11. This dude has attitude. His countenance is quite serious.

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  12. Here in Pennsylvania, the deer population is expanding; hunters provide population control. If we went two or three seasons without hunting the deer would die of starvation as their population swells and their access to their prime feeding sources deteriorates.

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  13. all i wanna know from heather is,was that rabbit from INDIANA ?
    doesnt look cornfed to me, he he,
    yer fellow hoosier,
    oldbear.

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  14. The poll question...
    Anyone who can't agree with that answer hasn't been paying attention.

    Norkio, very funny observation, it fits the group :)

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  15. I didn't know the "poll" question was for opinion this week. I thought it was for educational purposes.

    To quote from a famous letter, "That, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that, whenever "any form" of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the "right" of "the people" to "alter" or to "abolish" it, and to institute a new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness..."

    That "any form" of government I always believed to include our own - as the Founders believed included their own government.

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  16. This picture was taken in northeastern Indiana on Thanksgiving Day, 1955. This was my first successful hunt and the rabbit was part of our thanksgiving dinner. The rifle is real--a Savage Model 23A in .22 Rimfire caliber, handed down to me from my dad. My uncle, still living and in his mid 90s took me hunting. It is a beautiful memory for me. Although I am now 63 and live in Texas, I could to this day go back to that beautiful little Indiana farm and find the spot where he and I stood as I shot the rabbit with one quick shot. He taught me to hunt--not just shoot things. I know of no person who has greater tenderhearted love and respect for wildlife than my uncle. I detest cruelty in any form, whether directed toward humans or animals. I do not consider killing game for meat cruel provided it is done quickly with a sure shot that means sudden death to the animal. We I do consider cruel is corporate farming where animals are crushed together in intolerable living conditions and fed growth hormones to make them marketable as soon as possible. I do not knowingly eat meat from such farms. Those who do are supporting cruelty that goes way beyond anything a typical hunter might do. Hmmm...there's that attitude someone ;mentioned.

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  17. Yea! I was hoping you'd stop by and visit my favorite blog site and see your own picture featured! All those years ago growing up in Indiana, and now you live in Texas just like PJM.

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  18. Thanks so much for sharing your story! Memories are so precious!

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  19. I can't believe that people would not use their real name. I am sure there is a pope george ringo.

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  20. Whamridge,
    Thanks from me too for commenting on that picture of yourself! I was about to write the same thing: To eat meat from industrial farming and to condemn hunting for food is not very convincing.
    Nineteen-fifty-five: I didn't live then, bur my brother was five. May you live long and with a clear mind to let your memories travel back to that clear fall day even years from now.

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