Well, I’m hoping that you read my review of Rise, Kill & Eat by Doug Giles. This was an awesome book, and I’d like to thank Lyn over at Liberty Alliance Publicity for allowing me to do a follow up interview with Doug.
I received a release from Doug’s publicist with his take on hunting:
“Five Reasons Why I Love Hunting”
1. Hunters are the salt of the earth. Matter of fact, I’d say that 95% of the people I have met in the hallowed hunting camp have been upright, pleasant, courteous, grateful, hard working, God-and-country-loving, family oriented folks with whom it was my deepest pleasure to be able to share a few days pursuing game.
2. Hunters put their money where their mouth is. What I’ve seen in 30 plus years out in the hunting fields is this: The family that hunts together stays together. Hunting requires communication between the hunting parties. There’s a lot that goes into being a successful hunter, and it demands plenty of quality time spent between the tribe discussing safety, terrain, conservation, the particular animals to be pursued, and choices of weapons, boots, clothes, bullets, bows/arrows After all the aforementioned prelim stuff is done with, then the hunt commences, which includes sitting, walking, stalking, and then relaxing around the sacred campfire, where it’s just talking, laughing and anticipating the next day, you are all together. The hunter understands this: Family is everything.
3. Hunting provides massive amounts of food for the poor. The reality is that we provide a massive, benevolent source of high-protein, low-fat food to the poor at our own expense. In the last couple of years alone, my buddies and I have paid for the hunting, butchering and processing of, conservatively, 10,000 pounds of sweet venison for the poor in Africa and at risk kids, Christian ministries, and abused and battered women here in the U.S. of A. That’s 10,000 plus pounds of meat just between a few guys in the last few years.
4. Art by God. The hunter gets an ocular overload, as he is fortunate to behold the handiwork of the Creator in an intimate and intimidating way. The hunter understands what King David meant in Psalm 23 when he says that God “He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.”
5. Hunting revives the hunter’s primal roots. Just getting out in the wild reconnects me with my original spiritual and physical moorings. When God created Adam and Eve, He made certain that their initial crib didn’t have cable TV or a home association.
Honestly, Doug really seems like my kind of guy, so I thought it would be cool to ask him some questions. Thanks again to Lyn for doing the legwork, and Doug for taking time out of his bus schedule to answer some questions…
1. Why do you think we have gotten so far in society where hunting is frowned upon more and more? Urbanization?
Changing social values?
I think, we think, hunting is ‘frowned upon by more and more people’ because the morons have been given a massive megaphone, via social media, to make their emotional imbecilicy heard.
In addition, the concrete jungles of the malls and the game room basements of Any-Town, America has squelched the provider, protector, hunter, hero vibe from the American collective. Especially, the metrosexual males.
Lastly, the doe-eyed bunny loving tree-humpers also are in control of TV and motion pictures and they wash their dain bramaged masses with the message that anyone who puts the bam to Bambi is evil. The reality is, if it weren’t for hunters and the 100s of millions of dollars they put towards conservation annually … that our flora and fauna would be screwed, glued and tattooed.
2. Do you think we can swing the pendulum the other way or should we simply attempt to slow or delay the inevitable?
I think the pendulum is swinging our way. Women are entering the hunting fields in record numbers. Slowly but surely great reality and food shows are showing the fact that hunting is a legit way of life and and the food taken in the hunt is better than that store bought, poison choked, crap grub you get from the grocery.
I think if we give up countering the lunatics’ anti-hunting rhetoric then we’re to blame for the possibility of hunting being verboten.
3. Christian values seem to be sliding too. Same problems or different? (than hunting)
Our nation has been systematically hijacked by secularists who don’t give a flibbertigibbet about traditional values and it is way past time that Christians got vocal, not only about God loving bad people, but that we too have equal rights, under the law, to enjoy our beliefs without having some godless ‘progressive’ tell us what to think and how to behave.
4. As hunters, what is our biggest mistake? Infighting? Insensitivity? Lack of education and outreach?
I’d say, lack of education of the amazing blessing hunting and hunters bring to real life in the preservation of land and species. Additionally, I gotta say we need some cojones and comedic relief to confront and ridicule the obstreperous when they start to slam our grand tradition. It’s time to get on the offensive because science and truth is on our side.
5. What is the best thing the hunting community can do to promote our lifestyle?
Aside from buying my book, we’ve got to be an example to all men: we’ve got to be sharp, solid and smart and counter the knuckle draggin’-Neanderthal-Bubba cartoon the anti-hunting dipsticks have made us out to be.
6. What is your favorite hunt? What is on your bucket list that you haven’t done yet?
Geez … what’s my favorite hunt? There has been so many from Alaska to Africa. Some successful and some not but all equally enjoyable because I only hunt with great friends and family. That said, I must put at the top of my list my Alaska brown bear hunt when I took a 10′ prehistoric toad with my .375H&H and my buffalo hunt in Zimbabwe last year when I finally got my first cape buffalo bull with my wife on our 25th anniversary.
My bucket list? It includes, but is not limit to; elephant, lion, leopard, dry ground hippo, bongo, lord derby eland, markhor, the various ibex species, mt. goat, yukon moose, roe deer and an Amazon fishing trip. After that … I can die and go eat some ice-cream in heaven with Jesus.
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