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The pheasant hunt – sport or just an easy kill?

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

A beautiful scene – wild pheasants: In winter, when snow covers the fields, wild pheasants come into the garden to gobble up bird seed that drops from the feeder. In this image a colorful male bird watches over two of his ladies.

And then there is the hunt. Hunting is defined as the pursuit of prey by human society. In the early days hunting provided food to round out the diet, especially in the cold months when grains and berries were no longer available as a food source. Over the years hunting has somehow also become a sport. Remember Hemingway’s safari tales? Is that kind of insensitivity behind us now? Apparently not quite.

There is another kind of hunting. The kind where animals are bred for the enjoyment of bored rich people who gather for a day of fun and games to shoot and kill animals that are so used to people they have lost all fear of them and make little or no effort to run/fly/hop away.

The kind of hunting I am talking about here is the killing of animals that are raised on farms, like Reynolds Game Farm, a place that raised pheasants so they could be “hunted” in a stunningly unsportsmanlike fashion. It seems that it was not enough to raise these beautiful birds in a controlled environment where they lived in pens, they also had their wings clipped so they could not fly away. Now it appears that due to limited finances this game farm at least will be closed, and the pheasants will provide food for needy families. Which I consider a good thing, but there are still more game farms like this one around the country, and it still raises the question: isn’t anyone bothered by the unfair advantage the so-called hunters have? I mean, where lies the sport if you shoot defenseless animals? We all remember stories of one kind or another, where one hunter inadvertently, in the heat of battle, so to speak, shoots another. Well, fair is fair, right? At least the other guy is holding a gun too.

Sadly, the unfairness is not the reason for closing the game farm, it appears that the economic downturn is. A siver lining?