June 01, 2015

Here's how Canadian hunters can defend their traditional culture

Brian LilleyArchive

Canada was built on hunting. Our first industry -- the fur trade -- was all about hunting, but now hunting is shunned.

Like so many traditions in this country -- including the singing of "O Canada" -- hunting is frowned upon by our elites, our "better thans."

I talked to Keith Beasley, one of Canada's leading hunting advocates and host of Canada in the Rough, about why hunting matters and how to turn around ill-informed perceptions.

An anecdote about how a harmless "show and tell" item got Beasley's son into trouble at school shows how far we've come as a country and how far we have to go to restore some sanity.

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commented 2015-06-02 22:15:37 -0400
Canada is a big place, with fantastic hunting. Not all of us get our meat from the supermarket. Anyone who lives rurally in Canada probably has had some wild meat, if not shot it themselves. Elk is the best. I don’t care for venison, hate bear, but I hear cougar is really good, although I have never tried it. My in laws in Quebec, when no moose was bagged for the winter ,fed a large family on squirrel, quail,and potato pies.
commented 2015-06-02 12:10:41 -0400
Keith Beasley. What a great spokesman for all us law abiding responsible firearms owners, target shooters and hunters. Intelligent, informed, reasonable, ‘kindly’, assertive and correct, just enough of an ingenuous word stumble or two and a lack of a ’slicker’n-shit-establishment-polish’ to make him a believable ‘every-man’.

The sort of ‘reasonable and kindly’ I should probably aspire to, rather than merely dismissing the misinformed, ignorant and indoctrinated, or worse, adhominem’ing them…
I guess I’ll have to sacrifice – what I have to assume now was pleasure – in tearing strips off the gun-grabbers, idiots – oops, misinformed or uniformed – and other totalitarian’ists and fascists, in favour of the reasoned and civil informing of my fellow citizens.
Now I think I’ll take a venison roast out of the freezer for supper…
commented 2015-06-02 11:46:56 -0400
Guy Fraser….There ARE people in Canada who advocate a cow/pig/chicken welfare system for the post meat eating era. In fact in PEI a herd of Wood Buffalo was donated to the province some years back as a replenishment reserve for the other herds that were being decimated by brucellosis. Recently the province decided to sell off the herd and a group of Chinese Buddhists bought it. I do not know what they are going to do when they find out why the provincial government had periodic culls when their numbers exceeded the available pasture sustainability.

Note…not all Buddhists are vegetarian…. in fact the Dalai Llama loves fried chicken…but all Buddhists are opposed to the practice of sacrificing animals as atonement for sin.

Most of my neighbours are grateful that the local coyotes …some of them the size of timber wolves…have become intimidated at the sight of humans….the opposite of what it was a few years back.
commented 2015-06-02 08:04:47 -0400
Well, I don’t “harvest” deer or moose – I shoot them. And I think the use of the word “harvest” was just one of those little indications that hunters had started a retreat.
commented 2015-06-02 01:10:02 -0400
Exactly,it’s called “harvesting the animals”. Take a hunting course sometime,quite informative and teaches responsibility.
commented 2015-06-01 21:33:40 -0400
I don’t hunt anymore. The last time I hunted was 1998 when I was 51. That’s because I’m now almost blind in my right eye (my aiming eye), I could no longer pack myself out of the bush, let alone a moose, and I no longer own guns or a freezer. However, my dad hunted when I was a young fella’ and I started hunting with him at the age of 14. We were raised on moose and deer meat; with seven siblings, there wasn’t that much choice. I hunted most of my life. Living in northern BC, fresh meat and produce was more expensive than in the big cities down south, and hunting was an easy way to save on the grocery bill. Although I very much enjoyed hunting, I must confess I’ve never really understood the concept of sports hunting. To me it seems like a little boy pretending to be all grown-up, just like the little boy pretending to be carpenter with his toy hammer. But I won’t criticize what I don’t understand. What I will criticize, however, are those who oppose hunting on moral grounds, such as the likes of PETA. They fail to see the hypocrisy of their position. If it’s immoral for human beings to kill and eat animals, because “all living creatures are of equal value” why aren’t they setting up protest lines in front of wolf dens, around lion prides in Africa, grizzly bears fishing for salmon and polar bears hunting seals? Surely, if it’s immoral for us to kill and eat, it’s immoral for all species to kill and eat. And how do they know plants don’t have feelings? If they are going to be true to their convictions, the only honorable course of action for them is to dig a pit, climb down into it and starve themselves to death…. harming no living organism, and in fact providing nourishment to maggots, blow flies, worms and an abundance of micro-organisms.
commented 2015-06-01 20:09:23 -0400
I don’t hunt anymore and haven’t for years but I still love to shoot – paper, tin cans, bottles, steel targets, etc. Unfortunately a lot of city boys and girls have gotten separated, isolated from firearms and hunting. So now we live with the result of some school marm/principal who would not know a corvid from a 7.62 × 39mm SKS tells little Johnny his story at show and tell sucks. Personally I like firearms and those of us who enjoy the shooting sports need to fight back against this pasty-white, wussified, bloodless, citified culture.
commented 2015-06-01 18:33:12 -0400
The last point was excellent! Next time someone tells me it is wrong to eat something with a face, I’ll ask them how they feel about those animals going extinct because they are no longer commercially viable as domesticated animals.
commented 2015-06-01 18:18:13 -0400
Thanks Brian. Thanks Keith.
My wife and I deal with this all the time with our Hunting – Outfitting business. As Keith said, it has to be met head-on, without apologies.
commented 2015-06-01 18:09:12 -0400
About fifty years ago, for show and tell, I took my Johnny Seven O.M.A. (one man army). It was a great toy. Seven weapons crammed into one big gun. It actually fired plastic projectiles. No one complained. No one had a fit. No one called the cops.
I guess times have changed .
( It was great for firing at enemy sisters but proved to be no match for an angry Ukrainian mom armed with a wooden spoon.)