Hunting has been part of the human race since thousands of years ago. It began out of necessity, a prerequisite for food and nourishment and a task man couldn’t survive without. Later when man discovered domestication and agriculture, hunting still played a large role in early lives and only evolved from that point forth. Man started to use bows and arrows, then spears, then later on because of domestication, other animals even aided them during their hunt. At the present age, man had become so adept at the activity that he could kill an array of animals a man from the past could only dream of.
Man has gone a long way. When earlier men used wood and stone, the men of today use metal and plastic. Now there are numerous methods that a hunter can use to find his game and equally numerous choices of apparel he can utilize. One such example of the evolution of hunting gear is the ghillie suit. The suit is designed to camouflage the wearer by mimicking thick foliage. When prehistoric men used twigs and leaves from the ground to cover themselves, modern man designed a synthetic type of clothing one only needs to slip on to be camouflaged. Originally developed in Scotland, it is now used by militaries of different nations.
Yet in the present world filled with instant noodles and vending machines, it might be hard to believe that hunting is still being practiced today. Just as it was during the days of man’s prehistoric ancestors, hunting is still very much alive. But why? One might think there is no need, for the average man today does not spend his life constantly hustling through thick shrubbery and fearing for his safety each moment. Oh no, he spends it doing quite the opposite: sitting on a couch and surfing channels or doing paperwork at a cubicle in the office. Times have changed drastically. But what might come as a shock to any caveman who had to risk his life to get a meal thousands of years ago would be that now, modern man engages in that life risking activity for the mere fun of it. Yes, he now crawls through the undergrowth, wades in mud and smells like an animal because hunting is now regarded as a leisure activity.
Now one cannot be surprised that the word “game” is associated with hunting for a reason. To hunters, game is what they call what they are hunting, usually mammals or birds. The entire activity is much like a child’s game as well. There is a prize, and only through cunning, resourcefulness and skill will one be able to get it. The rush and adrenaline that was once a need born from desperation has now morphed into the thrill that hunters seek and relish.
However, like with any game, there are rules. And although it is the human race that carries the gun around this planet, it doesn’t mean brandishing it carelessly is acceptable. There are seasons when animals must be left in peace. There are animals that just cannot be hunted. And there are manners of killing game that cannot be tolerated, such as torture. Failure to play by the rules does not reflect skill, only deception and desperation. It is still a life that a hunter takes away, and there are many laws that attempt to balance the value of this life with that of the sport. It is the duty of the hunter to recognize this and to follow it wholeheartedly.