Hunting is an umbrella term which refers to the act of killing, pursuing and even chasing animals for recreation, trade or food. It is still widely practiced, albeit not that popular as a “normal” sport (like, perhaps, basketball or football).
The Rise of Recreational Hunting
People nowadays who hunt for food are only those who live in places where electricity cannot reach them that they have to live like primitive people. There are also tribes with long-standing beliefs about the value of the purity of food and how it “highly honorable” to eat food which was borne out of hard work from one’s own hands. As you can see, these kinds of people constitute a small portion of the world today.
Why? This is because the domestication and “mass production” of animals happened when capitalists took over most of the food-generating activities of man. Hunting may still be pursued for trade, however, it is unwise because hunting is a high-involvement activity, which means, human abilities are the only abilities which will make the hunting successful. The only remaining reason for hunting to be relevant in the world today is the recreation that comes with it. Let’s dissect the reasons why.
Hunting as a Game of the Rich
Hunting as a recreation stays as a highly-respected hobby. In fact, in a lot of states, hunting is regarded as an elite sport or at least, a sport for those who belong to the upper social class. This is because the materials to be used for hunting do not come cheap. First, there’s the rifle. Then there are also other necessities like ammunition, gun scopes, clothing, etc.
Also, because there are only a few states which allow hunting and have the geographical endowment for hunting, people will have to travel to explore other fields. Hunting in the same spot for a long time is pointless, isn’t it? Hunting becomes an attractive hobby for the status symbol, like horseback riding.
It’s the Machismo
Most (if not all) of hunting enthusiasts are men. From the field hunters, to the people who run hunting stores, and those who operate hunting “schools”, they’re mostly men! This is because hunting is a testosterone-filled sport. Hunting involves killing, the feel of holding something deadly, the predatory tactics and most of all, the thrill of the chase. Hunting is not the sport for the soft-hearted, or the spatially and physically challenged.
The outdoor factor of hunting adds to its charm in men. This outdoor factor accounts for the “ruggedness” of the sport, which most men love.
Also, historically, hunting is a male sport. You have read in your history books that before, men hunted for food and women cooked them. Men go out of the house to look for dinner while women stay at home and take care of the children. With a little touch of urbanization, hunting evolved as a modern-day sport. So if men loved to hunt so much (no matter how violent and pointless it may appear to you), it’s not their fault. They’re just being men.
Don’t forget that at the end of the day, hunting for recreation is still treated as a game. If one decides to hunt, one still acquires the skills that go with it. Skills such as accuracy, proper timing, strategy-building and physical agility are also celebrated in this sport.