It’s that time of the year again.
The 32kg springbok in our freezer, from my last hunt, is nearly finished. And just in time too, because I’m off to the Karoo in two week’s time.
4 reasons why you should go hunting.
Hunting is proper free range.
Animals living in the wild are free range. As in, proper free range. Not the commercialised gimmickry of animals roaming inside a “large” confined space with treated soil, piped water, and bulk muesli twice a day.
Not that there’s anything wrong with fake free range, other than it being expensive and providing consumers with a false sense of moral superiority.
Hunting isn’t cruel.
Have you been to an abattoir? I have. It was awful. The ram, which was bred in captivity, was shoved around by four men in overalls. Then, while he was trying to escape, one of the men shot a metal bolt into his head and, legs still shaking, his throat was slit and blood sprayed like a hosepipe.
But nobody gets “outraged” because that’s what they buy from Woolworths. Mention hunting, however, and watch people - usually on the left - have an emotional breakdown.
Meanwhile, a clean shot from my rifle is instant. The animal feels nothing, and it lived a good life in the middle of nowhere.
It’s a boys weekend.
A weekend of friends, alcohol, braaing, and guns, sounds pretty good.
That’s because it is.
Hunting is an excellent excuse to roadtrip from various parts of the country and meet somewhere in the middle. In this case, the Karoo, one of the most magnificent regions of South Africa.
Plus, my wife loves me bringing home the bacon. Or, rather, the wild game.
Hunting is inexpensive and sustainable.
Meat is expensive. Especially if it’s fake free range.
Depending on where you go hunting (legally), a kill could cost you nothing or a few hundred bucks. And that’s for the entire animal, which is a lot more than you’d get from the supermarket.
Including the preparation of the meat (of which there are many kilograms of different cuts), it’s still considerably cost-effective.
And you score a floor rug!
In other words, there is very little waste, which ensures efficiency and sustainability. Hunting is essentially culling so that overpopulation doesn’t occur.
And that’s why you should go hunting.
Look, I get it. Killing an animal isn’t everybody’s cup of tea, least of all, the animal’s. But if you’re going to eat meat, then you can’t be triggered by hunting. In fact, you should defend it even if it isn’t your thing. Hunting plays an important part in conservation.
I’m obviously not referring to big game hunting like giraffes and elephants and so on. That’s a different beast. Although, to some degree, the principles remain the same.