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Don't know if this has been posted yet, but I'm impressed with it.

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Hunter Green
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> The People Behind a Conservation Success Story
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> By Steve Sanetti
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> Monday, September 15, 2008; Page A19
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> Today's green movement uses certain buzzwords -- organic,
> locavore, renewable -- to the wry amusement of 15 million to 20 million
> of us who've actually lived the eco-friendly lifestyle that these words
> describe.
>
> We are hunters.
>
> As a subset of America, we're admittedly somewhat smaller than
> we used to be. Our numbers have been steadily pressed beneath a culture
> growing ever faster, more complex and distant from its rural ancestry.
> Now, like growing vegetables, gathering fresh eggs and raising farm
> animals for the table, the proclivity and skill to harvest Earth's
> bounty of wild game -- and to pass on this tradition to those longing
> for simpler ways of life -- reside in only a relative few of us.
>
> The meats that hunters and their families consume are grown
> unfettered by hormones, processed feeds or fences. Low in fat and
> cholesterol, high in protein, wild game is organic defined. The American
> Heart Association
> <http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/related/topic/American+Heart+Associat
> ion?tid=informline> and American Cancer Society
> <http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/related/topic/American+Cancer+Society
> ?tid=informline> recommend venison, rabbit, pheasant and duck over many
> commercially produced, packaged and distributed alternatives.
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> Data gathered by my organization show that 84 percent of us hunt
> exclusively in our home states. Only 5 percent never hunt locally.
> Compared with consumers of U.S. supermarket food, which routinely
> travels as much as 2,500 miles from source to table, we are model
> locavores.
>
> But "renewable" is perhaps where hunters shine greenest.
>
> Today, every state has thriving game populations in habitats
> that sustain hunted as well as non-hunted species. It's a richness of
> life that many Americans enjoy regardless of their environmental
> persuasion. Yet most also take it for granted, unaware of the mechanisms
> that sustain this public resource. They see more wildlife every year but
> are oblivious to why that's so.
>
> Begun well over a century ago, the success of modern
> conservation can only be fully understood against the backdrop of
> historical slaughter for markets that took 40 million buffalo to the
> brink of extinction and 5 billion passenger pigeons beyond it. It was
> hunters who led a revolution of new values, new science and new
> approaches for responsible use of these resources. Seasons, game limits
> and wildlife conservation funds all came from hunters, and we are
> immensely proud of that effort. Because of us, white-tailed deer,
> pronghorn antelope, elk, wild turkeys, wood ducks and hundreds of other
> cherished life forms transitioned from vanishing to flourishing.
>
> Even in today's renaissance of eco-consciousness, we remain the
> most stalwart supporters of wild things. Hunters and sport-shooters now
> pay for more than 80 percent of all conservation and habitat programs in
> America. Through licenses, tags, permits, fees and special excise taxes
> on firearms, ammunition, bows and arrows, we've paid -- and state fish
> and game agencies have successfully plied -- more than $5.3 billion
> since 1939. And we pushed for this tax on ourselves. No conservation
> system has accomplished more.
>
> As the cost of conservation rises, we're upping our outlays even
> as we remain a relatively small percentage of the population. In fact,
> our data show that the price of hunting licenses is outpacing the rate
> of inflation by more than 30 percent. Each year America's hunters
> contribute more for wildlife.
>
> Taxing hunters to fund the health of public wildlife is a proud
> part of our heritage. In tomorrow's world, however, this financing may
> be merely the second-best byproduct of what we do. As civilization
> struggles to balance modern lifestyles with organic, local, renewable
> resources, hunters are indeed among the deepest wells of expertise on
> the planet.
>
> Our very identity clings steadfastly to stewardship of land,
> clean water and air, intimate knowledge of natural communities, and
> careful interaction with the good earth -- because that's how we've
> ensured abundant wildlife and good hunting for more than 100 years.
>
> For us, the amusing irony is that American society, which has
> looked down its nose at hunters more sternly with each passing
> generation, is discovering that camouflage has been a primary shade of
> green all along.
>
> Steve Sanetti is president and chief executive of the National
> Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade association based in Connecticut.
> Previously he was an executive and general counsel for the firearms
> manufacturer Sturm, Ruger and Co.
 

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Good read. I've read several articles on the health benefits of venison as compared to pork or beef or other "marbled fat" meats.
I've gotten to the point to where I try and kill 4 does and 1 buck every year for the meat. I butcher all of my own game and grind my own burger. If you take the time to trim out the fat, silver skin and sinew, the quality of the burger is fantastic. I basically try to put enough deer in my freezer so that I don't have to buy any beef during the year. As I explain to my wife, :wink: the money I spend on hunting get redirected because the venison lowers are grocery bill for the whole year.
 

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Good read. I've read several articles on the health benefits of venison as compared to pork or beef or other "marbled fat" meats.
I've gotten to the point to where I try and kill 4 does and 1 buck every year for the meat. I butcher all of my own game and grind my own burger. If you take the time to trim out the fat, silver skin and sinew, the quality of the burger is fantastic. I basically try to put enough deer in my freezer so that I don't have to buy any beef during the year. As I explain to my wife, :wink: the money I spend on hunting get redirected because the venison lowers are grocery bill for the whole year.
Yep I do the same thing. We are quite meticulous on how we prepare the meat.

And being able to know exactly where the meat came from is pretty cool.

In fact just the other night I sat down to supper with my Dad and we had on the table in front of us

Potatoes
Tomatoes
Green Beans
Carrots
Cucumbers
Corn on the cob
Green and red peppers

and

Venison backstraps!!

We grew all the fruits and vegetables in the garden at our farmyard and killed the deer the meat came from.

It was fun to know we were responsible for everything on the table!

Not many outside the hunting world can make that claim.
 

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And as Hank Jr. said Country folk can survive.
 

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Good read. I've read several articles on the health benefits of venison as compared to pork or beef or other "marbled fat" meats.
I've gotten to the point to where I try and kill 4 does and 1 buck every year for the meat. I butcher all of my own game and grind my own burger. If you take the time to trim out the fat, silver skin and sinew, the quality of the burger is fantastic. I basically try to put enough deer in my freezer so that I don't have to buy any beef during the year. As I explain to my wife, :wink: the money I spend on hunting get redirected because the venison lowers are grocery bill for the whole year.
Same here try to put as much venison in the freezer as possible every year much healthier and theres just something nice about knowing exactly where your dinner came from.
 
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