Well, “Harvester Noms” doesn’t really trip off the tongue, does it?
Years ago it became fashionable for the outdoor press to use the word “harvest” when referring to hunting. Like many, I seized on it as a better way to describe what hunting is all about.
But something about it didn’t feel right, and I’ve come full circle. It felt like I was apologizing for something that needs no apology.
Nobody is surprised that each animal in a hunters freezer is, in fact, dead. Nor is it news that they achieved that state by being killed.
If hunting is a “bad thing” maybe hunters should use language carefully crafted to evade the issue, using only the most gentle terms. But it is not a bad thing.
So I’ll leave it to others to pull gauze over the camera lens, cue the Native American flute music and speak of the sadness they feel tagging a freshly killed deer. Unless they are mistaking sadness for reverence, I just don’t know what they are talking about.
Hunting is a joyful act that ties us to the natural world in a way nothing else can. And the music in my head after a good hunt is not flutes. It’s pure Nugent.
So “killer” I am. Wild animals are not agriculture.
But one thing they are is killer noms!