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Old April 15th, 2015, 08:41 PM   #1
 
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Hunting Is Not "Harvesting"

One of my pet peeves is when hunters use the term "harvest." I'm not sure if that use of the term is intended to mollify PITA members and other anti-hunting folks, but, whatever the reason, it's just wrong.

A harvest is what you end up with when crops you have planted are mature. In the past, harvest was not even a verb. It was strictly a noun. At harvest time, you would reap your crops.

A harvest is only for things that have been planted and farmed. If you go out and pick wild berries, that's not a harvest, it's gathering.

When I lived I Louisiana, if anyone had come back from the woods and said they'd "harvested" a deer, I'm pretty sure folks would have looked at them kinda funny. Down there, if you find out someone was out hunting, the proper response is "ya kill anything?"

I can't recall hunters here in Wisconsin ever harvesting any animals either. Mostly, they say they "got" a deer, or even "I shot a big six-pointer." When you know someone is back from hunting, you ask "did you get a deer?"

Harvesting. This world is in awful big trouble.



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Old April 15th, 2015, 08:47 PM   #2
 
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Yeah, I always had a problem with that as well. I've never "harvested" a deer in my life.
I've always hunted and killed them, simple as that. And hunting doesn't mean you are always successful either.
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My state's game and parks commission biologists have been using the term "deer harvested" annually since I was a kid. Thats been since the 70s. This sounds like a non-issue to me.

I admit it sounds weird for an individual to say he harvested one but I have heard biologists say it and it sounds right.
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Do they call them harvesters or hunters? I think that settles it.
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I really don't have a dog in his fight but if that term bothers you, well.......that's your choice.

The "harvest" term makes sense when viewing the entire game management effort. Our tax Dollars are used to fund game management to protect, insure healthy game, breeding and to keep poachers under control. There are lots of safety education, lessons/classes, funded by hunting licenses and taxes on hunting products. In that whole scheme of activities, maybe the term "Harvesting" makes sense.

As for me, the various terms used to describe killing a deer make no difference.

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I think it probably came over from the Fish part of Fish & Game. In a lot of instances fish really are raised like a crop and "harvested".
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Non-issue. Fish & Game folks have been using the term for decades and it has migrated into common usage. It reminds me of my ancient high school English teacher stressing the proper usage of rear versus raise. You raise a vegetable garden and you rear children. OK fine.

It's just not a big deal.
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I REALLY hate it when people say theyhunted their crops... what?!



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I could go through a whole list of politically correct terms that rub me the wrong way but harvesting pertaining to hunting is not one of them. It's been in use for quite a while. Wildlife biologist use the term very comfortably. Most game animals are "managed" hows that term strike you. I keep hearing deer herds are larger now in our urbanized country then they were back in the 1800-early 1900's through proper management and limiting the harvest. I guess the term is used to put taking deer in perspective. Deer are allowed to reproduce and the numbers that are allowed by law to be killed is limited and managed so deer killed can be likened to a harvest to equate it with responsibly limiting deer kills so more can be harvested in the future.

There are terms concerning guns that bother me but they're accepted as proper and used widely so I just go along to get along. I recently learned that if I shoot a rifle and the bullets go through the same hole at 200 yards every time but it's 6" off my point of aim it is not accurate.

What should bother you is the anti-hunting crowd use emotion instead of facts to drive their behavior. If harvest makes it sound better than by all means it should be used to molify the PITA types. Keep in mind that whatever you call it PITA does not condone the killing or consumption of any animals.

I was always pretty much anti-PETA from way back when I realized I do more for game animals then PETA ever thought about doing other than talk about it and not understand what it actually takes to keep a healthy population of wildlife. A PETA spokesman said if he was driving down the street and saw a fawn and a baby in the road he would consider both of their lives of equal value and could not choose which one to hit if he had to choose between the two. PETA is a fringe orginazation whose message is very weak and irrelavent and they resort to publicity stunts and some are damaging to the enviroment as the only was to get their message out. They should be managed.

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What I bite my tongue on is when a non-hunter asks "Did you catch a deer?". Oh yea I used corn on the cob and a 20-0 hook with 800 yards of 200# braid. Instead I reply yes I killed a deer.
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What I bite my tongue on is when a non-hunter asks "Did you catch a deer?". Oh yea I used corn on the cob and a 20-0 hook with 800 yards of 200# braid. Instead I reply yes I killed a deer.
Yeah, I get a chuckle out of that one.
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Yeah Ditto, a farmer I know "Harvested" a deer and that very day, he also "Killed" a cornfield....just a stupid handle that somebody came up with (probably the DNR) to use instead of saying Killed or Shot. More than likely to appease the PETA crowd and anti-hunters in general. I don't like it either. And by the way Terry, I have heard non-hunters ask "Did you Catch a deer" that particular one makes me want to punch a kitten in the face!
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I guess people think it sounds more politically correct to say number of deer harvested, as compared to number of deer killed. It's a term I've heard all my life, never gave it much thought.
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