Posts Tagged ‘hunting’

Todd Palin, talkin’ bout our country’s core values

October 19, 2008

Todd Palin spoke to Pennsylvania hunters sportsmen at a gun club on Oct. 19th.  He told the gun lovers that it is important to vote for a ticket that “supports our core values — hunting and fishing.”  This is what I’ve been talking about – in Alaska, hunting is a core value that defines identity, and now apparently patriotism and being a “real” American.  Forget Democracy, forget freedom, forget liberty, fuck the land of opportunity or the separation of church from state, or freedom of speach – no, hunting and fishing are the core values of our country. 

God bless our constitutional right to shoot wolves for fun!  Our founding fathers built this fine country on the need to stock our homes with fresh game meat.  And we better start rootin’ out those Markist* bastard socialist maggots before they threaten the foundation of this nation – salmon fillets.  Thanks Todd, for the enlightening commentary.

* one of my hate e-mails really got me laughing.  The Sarah Palin supporter called me a tree hugging “markist”.

Alaskan hunters oppose Palin’s hunting policies

October 1, 2008

So if you’ve read my blog you’ve noticed I write a lot about hunting as a part of Alaskan culture.  You might even wonder if I’m unduly obsessed with hunting, a wacked out “liberal tree hugger” as some of my hate mail proclaims.  But I want to press upon you the fact that hunting is EVERYWHERE in Alaskan culture, it is so in your face at every corner it is impossible to ignore.  I’m not exaggerating or looking for something that really isn’t there.  Trust me, if I could I would prefer not see the ubiquity of killing animals for pleasure in my daily life.

A few recent examples – I pulled up to a drive through espresso stand and they had tacked up a sign reading “hunter’s special: skin’ em pilgram toffee latte!”.  On a hiking trail a few days ago I passed a family with three young kids and a puppy.  Petting their puppy and chatting I realized that the father and son were not carrying fishing poles, but rather a hunting bow and a backpack full of arrows.  Just a few paces down the trail we encountered a shocking no hunting sign, of course riddled with bullet holes.  Walking in the Homer foothills to see the fall colors this week we stumbled upon a pickup truck that had run off the road, surrounded by hundreds of shot gun shells.  The truck was littered with bullet holes, and a fire pit filled with liquor bottles and trash sat nearby.  Nothing like gettin’ drunk and shooting up a truck to pass a friday night.  I could go on and on…

Which brings me to another hunting topic – the fact that hunters in Alaska do not support Palin’s hunting policies!  In yet another installment of Sarah Palin’s nonsensical interview with Couric, she mentions growin’ up huntin’ and fishin’ with the boys and fillin’ her freezer with good Alaskan game meat.  And it ircked me that people would see Palin as someone who is just your average Alaskan who hunts for food.  Because the truth is Palin is not your average subsistence hunter.  Her policies towards hunting are ultra conservative even for sport hunters, and hunters have opossed several of her public hunting policies.

Alaskan sport hunters oppose aerial hunting of bears and wolves, something Palin vehemently supports.  The last ballot measure to limit aerial hunting was actually brought forth by a group of hunters!  Sport hunters also oppose the shooting of bears habituated to human bear viewers, something Palin also supports.  I hope people can realize that Palin is not your average Alaskan hunter feeding her family with game meat.  She has a pathological vendetta against wildlife that is opposed by most Alaskans and most Alaskan hunters. 

Her extreme hunting views are not surprising given her parent’s house looks decorated by Norman Bates.  Did you happen to see the interview at her parents’ house recently?  Her father points to a photograph hanging on his wall to show that he has been to Russia.  And the photograph is of bloody, clubbed seals smeared into the snow!  Palin’s father clubs baby seals for fun which explains a lot about Palin’s hatred for animals.

Sport Hunting

September 16, 2008

Alaskans are probably the only US citizens who can physically show you more than one way to skin a cat.  Most Alaskan children learn how to shoot squirrels before they learn how to tie their shoes.  Shooting animals for fun is the number one past time in Alaska.  Alaskans always need an excuse to go out in nature, and shooting animals is the number one reason they spend time in the great outdoors.  The hunting culture is  a “way of life” that is viciously defended by most Alaskans.  Sport hunting is a great excuse to have lots of guns, which means there are lots of guns in Alaska being used against women in domestic violence situations.  No wonder Alaska has twice the violent crime rate as the rest of the US.

 

Sport hunting of predators is especially damaging because predator species do not have the reproductive capacity to recover from predation by humans.  Bears take 3-5 years to raise one or two cubs – since bears are meant to be at the top of the food chain.  Even prey species like moose are struggling due to sport hunting in Alaska. 

 

* I draw a clear distinction between sport hunting (hunting for pleasure) and subsistence hunting (hunting for food).  I believe that subsistence hunting is less cruel to animals than commercial agricultural practices.