By Michael Maynor
These five thought-provoking quotes on hunting will resonate not only with seasoned hunters but also stir the curiosity of those fascinated by the intricate harmony between mankind and the wilderness. From the eloquent reflections of iconic figures to the poetic expressions of nature’s beauty, these quotes encapsulate the very essence of hunting as never before.
“Now it is pleasant to hunt something that you want very much over a long period of time, being outwitted, out-maneuvered and failing at the end of each day, but having the hunt and knowing every time you are out that, sooner or later, your luck will change and that you will get the chance that you are seeking. But it is not pleasant to have a time limit by which you must get your kudu or perhaps never get it, nor even see one. It is not the way hunting should be.”
“Hunting is the noblest sport yet devised by the hand of man. There were mighty hunters in the Bible, and all the caves where the cave men lived are full of carvings of assorted game the head of the house drug home. If you hunt to eat, or hunt for sport for something fine, something that will make you proud, and make you remember every single detail of the day you found him and shot him, that is good too”.
We’ve hunted together before and we’ve hunted together since, but the talk always takes on a softer, special tone whenever one of us starts a sentence, “Remember that day in the rain . . .”
“In a civilized and cultivated country wild animals only continue to exist at all when preserved by sportsmen. The excellent people who protest against all hunting, and consider sportsmen as enemies of wildlife, are ignorant of the fact that in reality the genuine sportsman is by all odds the most important factor in keeping the larger and more valuable wild creatures from total extermination.”
-Theodore Roosevelt, 26th U.S. President
“If you hunt or fish a couple weeks in a row without reading newspapers or watching television, a certain not altogether deserved grace can reenter your life.”