Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Fight For Whats Right Before Its Too Late

I know its been a long while since I've taken the time to sit down and write. I thank you all who have read this blog and especially those who have commented, it has given me the motivation to get off my butt and take this more seriously. That being said, I have something on my heart that I'd like to share with you all.

With all the "freedom of choice" movements today ranging from "animal rights groups" to anti-gun advocate groups, to even some vegetarian groups, the true foundation of why we live the lifestyle we live has become muddied at best sometimes.

As hunters and conservationists we all know the importance of real conservation, and the consequences of an earth run amuck by wildlife not being kept in check responsibly. And we are all aware that the meat we are blessed with to bring home to our families is almost always much better quality and safer for their consumption then any store bought meat.

But I question all of us if we are truly passing on the passion of the outdoor lifestyle to our children and the future generations in the correct way. I continue to see so called outdoor conservationists breaking rules, littering, and acting like fools with no respect for wildlife, people, or property so many times...and then we wonder why all these anti hunting and anti gun rights groups have so many ways and angles to attack us from. The life we live as responsible hunters, fishers, and outdoors enthusiasts should be clean and model our spoken respect for this earth in our actions. To put it all very simply, our "walk should talk louder then our talk talks" I heard that said about Christianity from a very wise woman one time...and I wonder why we don't transfer such values to our everyday lives.

I am aware this entry will probably spark a huge amount of feedback with people saying "call the cops" or "ignore them" when we find ourselves in a situation to be personally attacked by one of these anti this or anti that groups. But the fact remains that we honestly should be living to a higher standard since we are supposedly the ones "fighting for whats right". I guess what I am trying to ask here is how important is it to us to be able to pass on the outdoors lifestyle to future generations? If we are truly caring about wildlife and conservation in our hearts then this should be a no-brainer and living a responsible outdoors lifestyle should speak for itself.

For many of us the foundation of why we live the way we do and enjoy the outdoors so much is based in the Bible. We have been given a privilege, a right, and a responsibility to watch over the earth, care for it, protect it, and work it to improve the wildlife and the habitat according to the best of our ability. And if we are doing what is called of us to do in Scripture then we are already living to fulfill our rights and responsibilities. I would like nothing more than these anti this and anti that groups to simply go away. But until we see that happen I respectfully request, pray, and hope that we will all keep it fresh in our minds that our very lifestyle is often under attack these days. And that we work hard together to do everything respectfully and ethically so we may pass on this heritage that we love so much to our children and grandchildren one day.

I will close this by saying I am not pointing fingers or accusing anyone of irresponsibility or wrongdoing at all. I am simply attempting to encourage all of us to remember our calling to protect our way of life and the importance of passing it on to the generations to come. Once again, thank you to all who will read this.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Lets Give This A Shot!

I have never considered myself much of a writer. In fact, I try not to write much at all. That being said I am sure that you are wondering why I am starting a blog. Well, the answer is simple, I have been looking for an outlet to draw myself deeper into a sport I am truly passionate about, hunting...yep, that's right hunting, specifically bow hunting.

I had always shied away from bow hunting, see I felt I already had enough problems getting deer within range to kill. I'm sure part of that was my insecurity in my own capabilities, as well as having to always take the very last, and therefore, the absolute worst place on our families farm to hunt as I was growing up. You know, the only place on the whole farm where the deer weren't. And lets face it, a lot of us are actually hunting to help feed our families, so I didn't want to take any chances of not getting a deer just because the weapon I was using wouldn't shoot far enough.

Obviously, most of my ill conceived notions and ignorance concerning bow hunting has been swiftly dispatched over the last 5 years. Enough of the small talk though, I am writing this first entry to explain why I named this blog as such and what my plans are for the future. I named it BowHunter University because I am fairly new to bow hunting and I greatly desire a place where veteran archers, avid beginners, and newbie stick and string shooters all can feel welcome and hopefully learn something new and refreshing from time to time.  The name is exactly as it implies, a university of sorts, only with this particular "school" I sincerely hope we can all learn together. Not only learn, but work together to stand up for a very real and original part of our society, our ancient, God given right to hunt. It is being attacked and looked down upon by many people and groups these days.

I also wanted a "voice" in the hunting community to place equipment reviews and such. I may be only one person, but I tend to put equipment "through its paces". I believe we should all have as much unbiased  information going into a purchasing decision as possible, especially with our current economic state.

I know I'm not necessarily a gifted writer, but my heart is in these words. My hope is that my writing skills improve and it will become an informative and entertaining place y'all want to visit time and time again. And, just so everyone knows, " y'all " is a perfectly fine word to use in English Grammar...TheWritingHuntress said so. So to whoever manages to sit through the torture of reading this first entry, thank you for your self sacrifice.