The Primitive Nature of the Hunt


The Primitive Nature of the Hunt

Hunting can be a complex pursuit (no pun intended). With experience, certain things will trigger visceral reactions which can be surprising–even to the hunter himself.

On a recent deer hunt, I watched as deer fought and shoved and chased one another. At such times, it’s tough to keep the grin off your face. Then again, why even try? Just smile and enjoy. Because when you watch a buck, hackles raised, come huffing and snorting into view to face off with another buck, it triggers a little wild something deep inside of you.

One morning found me perched in a hardwood bottom enjoying the colorful leaves as I waited and watched for a buck to arrive. The morning had been uneventful so far.

Behind me up the hill, a crow called and was immediately answered by a turkey’s gobble.

An odd thrill went through me, and because I was attuned to deer hunting, it took a moment to recognize it. It was the same thing a turkey hunter feels when he hears that distant gobble and his senses suddenly become focused on that bird, and he begins his attempt to bag it.

I stayed put, because it was deer season, but not without pausing to appreciate the animal part of myself that reacts without hesitation or conscious thought.

Here’s to deer during turkey season, turkeys during deer season, and the primitive satisfaction of the hunt.

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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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