An avid fisherman and hunter, Petersen has little patience with the yahoos who blast at anything in sight, those thoughtless persons who have given hunting a bad name. Neither does he suffer lightly those who maintain that hunting is morally wrong, for, he insists, in the absence of natural predators, hunters act as a necessary brake on overpopulation, which can lead only to suffering. He has little use for expensive gear, for GPS systems and top-of-the-line weapons, nor for most hunting magazines, which, he says, cater to just those yahoos with a taste for fancy goodies, and which he deems "greedy and increasingly immoral."
With all those peeves and qualifications, it would not be out of place for Petersen to assume a grumpy air. For the most part, however, he does not; he is cordial to those who disagree with his views, which he carefully backs with biological facts, philosophical and anthropological interpretations, and reflections gathered from a half-century's experience in the wild. His book deserves a wide audience, and the ideas within it merit much discussion as thoughtful men and women everywhere do what they can to protect what little is left of nature--a struggle in which hunting, Petersen holds, can play an important part. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Hunting animals is a messy business, full of conflicting emotions. Amongst hunters you'll find the most passionate conservationists and activists for wild animal welfare. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Harvey
Outstanding! The case is laidout to show how corprate profit and machismo have stole our instinctive right to hunt and made it about the profit, how the animal rights group are... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rhoadgunner
Beautifully written and profound look at the modern day truths of hunting. Simply the best writing on the subject to be found.Published 6 months ago by Philip
This book provides a great perspective on hunting in the modern world with an emphasis on the importance of the process of the hunt, not the killing of an animal. Read morePublished 15 months ago by B. French
Beautifully written - I do not hunt but have many friends and family sho do. This book has captivated me and those I have shared the book with.Published 16 months ago by Pam Green
A great topic--the spirituality of hunting. A bit egotistical in approach. Only can read in short spirts.Published on July 14, 2010 by Tanna L. Moore
Despite David Petersen's claims that he is a "hunter", his rejection of almost every
aspect of modern hunting and hunters in this book are great weapons to the anti hunters... Read more
Mr. Petersen spends far too much time lambasting "slob hunters" (who seem to be anyone that happens to hunt differently than him) and not enough time on the notion of a hunter's... Read morePublished on October 5, 2007 by R. Dufresne