I'll never get the attraction!
Hunting is big in this area, in fact it's huge, a major recreation sport that many people partake in. Growing up in Blighty, the only close contact I had with it was seeing the Foxhunt on horseback go by, or my dad taking part in occasional corporate pheasant or clay pigeon shoots. But here hunting is at a whole other level with different seasons for different prey. Deer hunting attracts many hunters into our area and we have rifle, archery and black powder seasons in late autumn. In eastern Okieland they even have a Bear season. In our area they also hunt duck, quail, pheasant, rabbit, dove, prairie chicken, armadillo (unofficially) and rattlesnake, of which I heartily approve. The Hubster also said I must mention snipe hunting for the Americans reading this, apparently you'll get a laugh?! Every year we have our own camouflage clothing season here, when it can be seen widely in stores and on backs. Stylish high visibility vests are also favoured and I even know someone who drives a camo pick-up! People get carried away designing and building deer stands and hides on their land, there's much discussion on the most effective designs. And of course the gun counters are heaving and the benefits of differing ammo are weighed up at length. They speak in a whole other language I don't get, discussing the point value of their spots or kills. For me, one of the most bizarre elements are the family photo's circulated by email. Where proud parents show off their kids and teens propping up dead deer. I am afraid I just don't get the appeal of killing a beautiful animal for sport, but then it's gone on for centuries. I was not raised in this world and what is a part of life for some of them, is just the opposite to me. Many people think Foxhunting (a big Brit pastime in years gone by) was far more barbaric before it was banned, and I can understand why it was thought so. There is also no denying that the Brits are an especially passionate nation of animal lovers. And I will admit that the hunting is very well regulated here and helps to keep the native animal population numbers under control. But although I respect our difference of opinion on hunting and bite my tongue regularly, I can guarantee this is one Okie pastime I personally will never embrace. What are your thoughts, do you hunt?