I don't hunt. When I was growing the majority of our meals came from what we could raise, trap or kill. Hunting was mostly small game as there was not a hunt able deer population in the upper midlands of SC in the 50s and 60s. There was a two week deer season on some WMA land about 60 miles from my home. As a teen there were several skipped school days a year attempting to bag a deer.
I stongly believe in wild life management. Since the mid 70s SCDNR has done a fantastic job of bringing the deer back. Unfortunately the loss of small family farms has put a hurting on the Quail population. I buy a combination license and subscribe to SC Wildlife magazine to help a small way in the effort.
I always ate what I hunted but I prefer well marbled meat and never really enjoyed killing the animals. I love firearms and shoot daily at my backyard range. To my wife's dismay I let my Grandkids hunt at the back of our property but they have to eat what they kill (dear burger and squirrel dumplings) and are limited to amount they take. If I had feral hogs on my property I would dispatch them as it is amazing the amount of damage they can cause.
I still spend time in the woods but it is with a camera.
I was photographing these baby pigs when I heard snorting close by DSC_9699
Mama had stepped out of the brush and was eyeing me from 10 ft away. I was in a NWR and was not carrying a firearm.
I started firing shots with the camera and she took off. I had more adrenaline pumping then I would have had killing her from a blind at a distance. Just saying
Sorry for such a long post.