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Credit where due
Posted by Kelly Smith on May 03 2006
Well, the line about needing better hunters did appear in one of David Petersen's books (The Nearby Faraway, p. 75), but he attributed it to David Stalling (former conservation editor the RMEF's Bugle magazine).  At any rate, I heartily support your proposition, Dave, (a lot of right thinkers named David, aren't there?) that anything Petersen has written is worth a long look.  Heartsblood, Elkheart, Ghost Grizzlies, On the Wild Edge are a few of my favorites.  

There are too many paranoid hunters out there who feel under attack by anti-hunters, nonhunters, environmentalists, big government, whoever, and think they must stick together with all hunters to fight successfully.  I think that's a big mistake.  The best defense is to behave above reproach (not that I always have, but I try).  To align ourselves with those who behave indefensibly is to lose what credibility we might have had.  

More to the point of this thread, I agree with what you have said, Mike.  The world needs better mentors.  Young people (and some not-so-young) learn from those around them, so those of us who care about what they learn have to make an effort to be around them.  That doesn't have to mean large hunting camps.  It can mean helping with hunter ed classes, volunteering at youth hunts, taking kids along one-on-one on hunts or other outings.  And it can mean exerting positive peer pressure on those (kids or not) you're around.  Let's be proud of who we are and who we associate with.

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