“As a nation, we have swapped the smelly and unpredictable pungency of the woods in exchange for the sanitized safety of manicured grass. While we once wondered about the migrations of wild animals across the landscape, we now wonder whether the putting green will be slow or fast.”
–Steven Rinella, Meat Eater
If you have been reading this blog for awhile you:
1. know I love books
2. know my husband, Mr. G, is a hunter
With that being said, I have found a book that has inspired me to hunt. It makes me want to wake up at 4 am in the morning to hike into the Rocky Mountains with a rifle over my shoulder. It also reinstates that drive in me to make sure that my boys grow up learning and loving to hunt. I have always supported hunting, but this book has really helped me understand the beauty behind it.
My family and I have a ritual starting every fall. Sunday night (after the football game is over) we all sit down and watch our favorite family show, Meat Eater. Steven Rinella is my kind of hunter. He is not in it for the trophy, but for the meat to feed his family. His show is riddled with adventure, humor, survival skills, and amazing game recipes. Even my six year old sits glued to the television, talking of the day when he can legally hunt in Colorado. Stevens’ new book, Meat Eater, is just as good as the show.
One of my favorite lines from the book is Steven explaining whether hunters are really the bloodthirsty killers many people think they are….
“If hunters really did get their jollies by killing animals, why would we go through the hassle of trying to find wild and unpredictable game animals under sometimes exceedingly difficult environmental circumstances when we could just volunteer at the Humane Society and kill a few dozen dogs and cats in an afternoon, or get a job at an Iowa slaughterhouse and kill a couple hundred cattle a day in air-conditioned comfort?” –Steven Rinella
This book I so much more then a book about hunting. It is a book about adventure…about pushing the human body and spirit to the limit and ultimately about learning where meat really comes from. I have enjoyed Stevens stories and look forward to trying many of his game recipes once my freezer gets restocked again….hint hint Mr. G.
Have you ever hunted before and if so what is your favorite game to eat?
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