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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
A must read for everyone who loves the outdoors, nature and hunting but finds modern commercialized, techno centric "hunting" repellent.
Thought provoking and well dissected! I doubt that many sportsmen will agree with every thought by Mr. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ernie
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 17 months 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 19 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 21 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 on May 13, 2013 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 on April 26, 2013 by Pam Green
While I found some things with which I agreed in his book, the author has really written here an objectionable bunch of haughty New-Age self-laudatory crap. Read morePublished on September 4, 2012 by West is best