Today my mighty hunter went out and came home with a deer for us. Now lets rewind 3 years.... I was terrified of guns and not only horrified but disgusted with the idea of hunting. Fast forward to today and I not only am overjoyed and super thankful with Michael's recent kill, but I also own my own gun, I plan on trying to hunt pheasant next year. (When I'm no longer pregnant)
There are so many benefits that hunting brings our family. It give Michael such a sense of accomplishment, that he has really provided for his family. It fills our freezer. I know with certainty that the meat we get is antibiotic hormone free. Its free range, and it is so lean there really isn't any fat on it at all, so much so that when Mike makes it into sausage he has to add pork just so there is enough fat to bind it all together so it won't fall apart. One deer has lasted us a whole year.
As for believing that hunting is a barbaric act, there are so many things that I didn't know about it. People cannot just go out and shoot anything that they want, they have to have tags there are limits as to how many animals you can have. Most hunters take great pains to not allow the animal to suffer any. There are stringent gun laws to obey, which most people don`t realize, there are conservation officers out enforcing all of this.
I also think its important to note that most of us don`t know where our food really comes from and unless you are a strict vegetarian a lot of the food we eat has come from an animal and someone had to kill that animal. It has given me a new appreciation for the animals that sacrifice their lives for us. I think that all of us have to exam whether we are okay with an animal dying for our meals. That is something that I am okay with, because I believe we have dominion over animals, but so many of us go to the grocery store and pick up prepackaged meat without ever giving it any thought at all.
So all of that to say that I am thankful for my husbands ability to put food on our table and for open my eyes to all these things.