January 5th, 2011
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  1. DD

    I have no problem with hunting, as long as the most important rule is followed: You kill it, you eat it!

    January 6, 2011 at 10:35 am |
  2. for real

    Ever notice that when you spell PETA backwards is spells FAIL lol

    January 6, 2011 at 10:25 am |
    • Dave


      January 7, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  3. PuckFeta

    I love the Travel Channel

    January 6, 2011 at 8:57 am |

    Hunting is not for everyone; thank God. Time spent hunting is good for learning, bonding with family and friends, meeting new people, returning to your roots, and for stocking the freezer with venison. And yes, my wife and I prefer the taste of venison over beef. And heck, it's even is better for you with much less fat!!!! Hunting gives me new peace within myself and I feel closer to God when I'm out in the woods hunting.



    January 6, 2011 at 8:49 am |
  5. abbyful

    Anyone who is not a vegetarian/vegan who is against hunting is a hypocrite. Hunted game meat is the most humane meat you can get; the animal lived a natural life and was killed quickly.

    Wild game is also healthier than feedlot raised livestock (leaner, higher in Omega-3s, no hormones/antibiotics).

    Most people just would rather think meat comes from a grocery store than from an actual animal.

    January 6, 2011 at 8:21 am |
    • Dave

      "Anyone who is not a vegetarian/vegan who is against hunting is a hypocrite."

      Er, what? Not at all. Of course they would be against hunting, as they don't believe in eating animals...
      What you probably mean is that anyone who views hunting as less ethical than the standard food industry is being ignorant (still, not "hypocritical"). The thing with hunting is that it involves the direct killing of animals, and in their own natural habitat. This rubs many the wrong way. But as you imply, the benign facade of the grocery store shelf simply shields people from the often repugnant reality that is behind the slabs of meat on those shelves. I'll admit that I used to have an anti-hunting bias until I realized that it really is more ethical. That said, I detest anyone who hunts for sport. They are the scum of the Earth. As is – to a lesser extent – anyone who may hunt for valid reasons (food, say) but who does so not out of necessity but because they enjoy it. To me it's analogous to someone signing up for the Army to fight terrorists, not because they necessarily have a desire and passion to defend their nation, but because they enjoy killing.

      January 7, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  6. Jason

    What I have an issue with is the turning of hunting into a sort of entertainment show. I understand that that is not really the intent, but it will still make money and draw viewers who just like to watch animals being hunted, either out of personal interest or some morbid fascination.
    At any rate, hunting in general is still far better for the animals than most modern farming practices, many of which echo Holocaust-level mentalities and conditions. And like Rinella says, many/most people are truly ignorant of what goes on in the food industry; where there food comes from, how it is produced, etc. I believe it is any ethical human being's responsibility to know (or at least strive to know) what they are really involved in and supporting whenever they buy products off store shelves, lest they become unwitting party to suffering, brutality and death.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:45 am |
    • Jason

      "where there food comes from"

      bah. *their

      January 6, 2011 at 5:47 am |
  7. DM

    I ate alot of poached venison as a child. When we were able to afford grocery store food, we ate cows. Cows taste way better than wild game. Wild game is pretty tough and gamey tasting. Rattlesnake is not bad though.

    January 6, 2011 at 1:58 am |
  8. June

    When I was young and raising a family, we hunted and fished for all of our needs (baked the bread and had a garden too) because there wasn't enough money to buy what we needed. All of our meals were delicious and healthy and cooked from scratch. Now, I'm old and dependent on what I buy at the store. There is no comparison to those great meals. I am glad that this show is being produced. Too many people are too dependent and it is too expensive; They have lost touch with nature. Perhaps we will see a renewed interest in getting our own food for ourselves.

    January 5, 2011 at 9:21 pm |
  9. nyles Cota

    I love hunting. I wish that if you wanted to eat meat you had to kill it yourself. takes the hipocracy out of it

    January 5, 2011 at 9:03 pm |
  10. karen

    all I wish to say to the hunters is soylent green

    January 5, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
    • On the farm & in the northwoods

      On the farm, here in the northern midwest, we're educated, we raise our farm animals clean and up to date on all their vaccines, and they get good nurtrition and they roam free, etc. We care for our animals and we hope you enjoy them on your table. Our family also hunts and fishes, because the $$ from the animals on the farm barely pay the bills anymore and the meat from the deer and the fish from the lakes (all within the legal limits set by law) feed us year round. And we're not fat either. We work our tails off both at our professional jobs, and with our animals on the farm. The food we get from our wild animals sustains me as much today as it did for my family from generations long gone. We'll sell you our farm animals and hope you enjoy them. I'll hunt and fish with my family, and I too respect my outdoor environment. If you even get a chance to 'walk in my shoes' you'd understand that it's just part of our living. I think a deer is a beautiful animal and I give thanks for every one I take with one clean shot. I'll live my life, not cheat when I pay my taxes, pray for our troops, vote when I can, teach my kids the diff between right and wrong and how to care for those less fortunate than us, and I sleep well at night. If you disagree, good for you, and welcome to America, where we all have our differences, but we're all entitled to an opinion. We'll just keep on keepin on up here.

      January 5, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
      • Gunther

        Just be careful. You could dislocate your shoulder patting yourself on the back so much. "Keep on keepin on"? Hippie.

        January 5, 2011 at 7:36 pm |
      • for real

        Can't say I've seen a hippie in the northwoods, let alone on a farm. I applaud this guys post. What other ignorant comments can you come up with? You entertain me. :)

        January 6, 2011 at 10:21 am |
  11. Marty

    I'll be checking it out, I need some more venison recipes!

    Animal rights activists and anti-hunting types will never get it. Of course, they think they are so enlightened... (rolling my eyes at them...) but seriously, they are not worth arguing with about it anyway. Enjoy the hunt and the feast. That is what humans have been doing- well, since forever, and I for one don't plan to stop. In fact all three of my sons are becoming fine hunters themselves, so I'm passing on the tradition.

    Take that PETA... :)

    January 5, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
  12. Chris

    Anybody that is against hunting really needs to question themselves the next day they purchase meat at a restaurant or store. Whether you like it or not you are also pulling the trigger. The difference is that hunters actually got to enjoy the outdoors with their family in the process of hunting and true hunters always eat the meat they have killed.

    January 5, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  13. dberg

    dberg, you are uniformed and ill-advised if that is your take on hunting. It's much more humane than the slaughterhouses where the majority of Americans get their meat from.

    January 5, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  14. MKra

    "The Wild Chef" in Canada on Food Network does this already, and has been for a couple of years.

    January 5, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  15. dberg

    Hunting is the most cowardly act that anyone can partake in. Anyone who thinks that it's possible to "appreciate" an animal and then kill it, doesn't know what the word appreciate means. Killing animals for fun, which is all that hunting is, is pathetic and cowardly and anyone who doesn't realize that fact either hasn't thought enough about it, or is too inbred to comprehend it. And doing it for money, which is what the douchebag host of this show is doing, is even worse. If hunters actually want to accomplish something, they should join the military and hunt animals that can hunt you back.

    January 5, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
    • Steven Hartwick

      god you are dumb, but sure of yourself, lethal combination by the way.

      January 5, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
    • Sierra

      You are really showing your lack of knowledge. I bet you think ground beef on your McDonalds Big Mac comes from a grocery store and that tomatoes comes from trees. Jeez, I hope you're not breeding.

      January 5, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
    • BA

      You need to go educate yourself and stop being a puss. Wildlife management is an absolute necessity. It also implements regulations on to keep us dumb hunters from killing everything. And....they're delicious!

      January 5, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
    • baja221

      I am very grateful you are not out there hunting with us that know what we are doing

      January 5, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
    • Yummm

      Wild game is some of the best tasting! My dad hunted, and moose and caribou are tops! Sure beats feedlot beef.

      January 5, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
    • you misspelled dBag

      you know that you eating meat at the average store is no better as it comes from a place where the animals were tortured and force fed, is it not better to let them be happy for their lives as opposed to scared and stuffed in cells...

      Many Hunters actually eat what they hunt, its people like you who give hunters a hard time because of your ignorance, the rest of us must suffer... many well-educated people hunt

      Never Procreate

      January 5, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
  16. kevnyc

    grow a garden. eat more vegetables. we're the only country to hunt on a full stomach. stop eating so much meat you fat carnivores! disgusting fat nation.

    January 5, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
    • On the farm & in the northwoods

      Read my continued post below. You're right, we are mostly a fat nation. I love my veggies, along side my lean vension or salmon off the grill. Wild game is, in many instances, more nutritious and has less fat than what comes off the farm. Read on below for my fuller perspective please.

      January 5, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
    • The Witty One

      Your face.

      January 6, 2011 at 9:44 am |
  17. Loopman

    Evil Grin, my biggest fear is a bunch of know-nothing idiots tromping around shooting not only each other but me as well. I have been out in the wilderness with some supposed "experienced hunters" and they scared the ever-loving crap out of me with their knowledge (or lack thereof) of how to hunt game. Just let me say that I no longer go hunting with anyone that I haven't had the opportunity to have personally observed their hunting skills.

    January 5, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
    • Gunther

      How do you observe someones hunting skills if you don't go with them?

      January 5, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
  18. JWeg

    There would be a lot less bunnies and squirrls in my neighborhood.

    January 5, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
  19. Dave the 1st

    Umm, you mean you're NOT supposed to do that???
    Damm, I gotta go get my neighbor and stop him......

    January 5, 2011 at 11:54 am |
  20. The Witty One

    I concur. But what would happen if everyone started doing this? Would that lead to mass destruction of the environment?

    January 5, 2011 at 11:06 am |
    • Evil Grin

      Actually, it would probably be much better for the environment. If everyone was hunting their own food, they would probably be much less wasteful, and they'd all be concerned with making sure their food was sustainable so they could eat the next day.

      January 5, 2011 at 11:17 am |
      • The Witty One@EG

        I'm just playing devils advocate. I agree this is a good idea. I just picture Joe Sixpack stalking through the trees with an AK killing everything in sight.

        January 5, 2011 at 11:30 am |
      • Evil Grin

        Now that would be a show.

        January 5, 2011 at 11:33 am |
      • The Old Sarge

        "... If everyone was hunting their own food, they would probably be much less wasteful, and they'd all be concerned with making sure their food was sustainable so they could eat the next day."

        And that's what led people to domesticat animals, develope agriculture and eventually build villages, towns and cities. :0)

        January 5, 2011 at 9:55 pm |
  21. Evil Grin

    I think he hit on a truth here. People who are out in the environment, fishing, hunting, foraging for food really have an appreciation and awareness of the environment and a vested interest in keeping it clean and safe, an appreciation that may not be shared by those who don't have a direct connection to the environment.

    January 5, 2011 at 10:57 am |
    • Wild

      I always groan when I read opinions like yours. People can be appreciative, concerned, and actively protective of nature without killing it. You can see all the same beautiful sights hunters do by hunting for good photographs with your camera without murdering your subject. I live in an area heavily populated with hunters and know some well. Believe me, most of them appreciate the environment but don't do anything to protect it and more don't care. I think it is very sad that people protect hunting rights with the excuse that they are also protecting the environment. What nonsense. Nature should be protected for its own sake and not in order to preserve a tradition of killing.

      January 5, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
      • The Old Sarge

        Wild, "murder" is something that happens to a human being. It is not possible to murder an animal. Look it up.

        January 5, 2011 at 9:52 pm |
      • RedBaron

        Wild, Did you know that migratory birds are the best and most managed wildlife in North America? More money is spent managing ducks and geese as well as their habitat than any other species period. And 90% of those managerial dollars come from hunters with license fees. Also, ALL HUNTERS CONTRIBUTE TO PROTECTING THE ENVIROMENT. The Pittman-Robertson Act puts about 11% hidden tax on all hunting-related merchandise which goes to wildlife management. Hunter dollars outweigh tree-hugging hippy dollars by at least 5:1. Get your facts straight.

        January 6, 2011 at 9:42 am |
      • Evil Grin

        I always roll my eyes at opinions like yours. Hunting is far different than killing needlessly, and food hunters are not just running around with guns killing for the sake of killing. They kill a lot less, and do a lot less damage to the environment than a farm.

        While I agree that we should care about the environment for it's own sake, that wasn't my point. This is just another group of people with a vested interest in making sure the earth stays in habitable condition for a bit longer.

        January 6, 2011 at 11:07 am |
  22. Dave the 1st

    Yeah, PETA's gonna love this guy...

    January 5, 2011 at 10:27 am |
    • Patrick

      Screw PETA! Does anyone actually CARE what they think anymore?

      January 5, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
      • Jason

        Yes, though it is a common tactic to try to dismiss a group one disagrees with as small, inconsequential, marginalized, out-of-date, etc.

        January 5, 2011 at 11:52 pm |
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