Is it Hollywood or Huntingwood?
I really can’t tell anymore. As social media and television continue their rapid growth, the hunting community seems more and more obsessed with “Me.” Awards, titles and other various outlets to feed our seemingly voracious appetite for fame and recognition are becoming nauseating.
When did we become ego maniacs instead of hunters and outdoorsmen? What happened to putting our energy into our family, friends, kids and friends kids who want to become hunters? When was the last time you asked a friend or a friend of friend if their kid hunted? Or would like to? If we would spend as much time and energy investing in kids as we do to attain some worthless award, hunter of the decade title or kudos from our peers, then we would have a bazillion new hunters!
I guess I will never understand the human nature of only focusing on the self, the “me” or the other guy will do it attitude, but this is the same mentality that members of the hunting community will cast a stone at in criticism, toward non-outdoorsmen in an instant. We call ourselves a family or community of hunters, shooters, fishermen and outdoorsmen, yet we will turn right around and not give a second thought to what we can do for others outside of our immediate family.
I want to encourage each of you, examine yourself and see what you are doing to reach out to the next generation. Are you investing your time, money and energy into children to introduce them to the outdoors, or are they just a hassle and an inconvenience that might interrupt your hunting time?