It's about time I finally told you why I don't hunt. I've been promising to for a while and, well, there's no better time than the present. At least, that's how the saying goes!
The main reason I choose to not hunt is simple: I do not like to be cold! I could tell you there are other things that come first, but they don't. I really don't like winter. I don't like seeing my breath, or if it's early enough, not seeing my breath. I once saw a hunting show on tv. They were hunting in Texas. They were in this "blind". Yeah, right, it was a small house on stilts. It had running water, windows, a/c and heat. Yes, I said a/c and heat! They were watching a big screen tv and sitting in these really comfy looking leather chairs. They had to TURN OFF the a/c to shoot the deer. The guy opened a window, shot the deer, closed the window, and went back to watching the game. Ok, so I love the "house blind" idea, but somehow, that just doesn't seem to be in the right spirit of hunting!
Secondly, I will eat deer meat, but I don't crave it. I have often told customers that when they open up cow hunting, I'm there! Imagine hunting the elusive Black Angus! So it wouldn't be much of a challenge, but man would it taste great! I have customers who hunt all season just to fill their freezer for another year. That is great. I applaud their living off the land, but my idea of living off the land is my garden.
I know deer aren't the only thing to hunt. Inevitably the word squirrel has come out of someone's mouth as they have read this. Squirrel? No thank you. A squirrel and a rat seem to closely related to me. One is the country cousin to the other. Just get a squirrel in your attic and see how closely related it is to a rodent! Hey, but if you like squirrel, rabbit, whatever... I say, "Go for it!"
I believe if you are going to kill something, you should be able to clean it yourself. I also have no desire to clean any animal, especially a deer! I don't always, but I have cleaned fish when we have caught them. Fish are bad enough, but man, the way folks smell after gutting a deer... NO THANK YOU!
Lastly, I don't hunt because I don't have time to come home in the middle of the day and take a two hour nap! Seriously, my husband goes hunting, comes home and sleeps on the couch with the tv on in the background like a lullaby playing for a baby! No thanks. I have too much to do. Plus, who will be grilling the Black Angus steaks from my hunt for dinner?