I was directed to make a post in this section.
My name is Adam and I am a chemical engineering student in Michigan, USA. Last summer I saved up some cash doing side jobs whenever I could and started a fishing adventure across Spain, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Canada. Backpacking my way via trains, living cheap, making friends and enjoying something that is a big part of my life (fishing).
Similarly, Hunting is another big part of my life. Growing up hunting the north pine woods of Michigan with my father and my English setter Abby, I have learned more about life than I will ever learn in school or sitting at home watching tv. I hunted small game, then shot my first deer with my bow when I was 15. I have hunted Elk in the rocky mountains, prairie chickens in the great plains, black bears in the upper peninsula, turkeys in Florida, Doves in Georgia, white tails in Michigan, squirrels in New York and a bunch of other random places! I have always been attracted to challenges of a hunt and I am a firm believer the true trophy size of an animal is not measured in inches or grams, but the rate at which your heart was beating when you took it and the challenges you had up to the split moment you let the arrow fly or you pull the trigger. I find it hard sometimes when a price is put on an animals antler size. It is what it is though and I understand the experience it takes stalk and old educated beast. Obviously I think we would all like to harvest a monster beast, but in my eyes I would rather hike over a mountain to get a beautiful view of the fog rising behind a stags roar in the early morning hours than to walk 30 yards out the back door in the woods and shoot a medal deer.
I admire the hunting regulations we have here in the states very much. It is an amazing place to be a sportsman. However, I feel that there is a lack of traditions in our hunts. Also I feel that our deer populations are managed poorly in my state. This has motivated me to start a life journey exploring the hunting traditions of the world. Why do they wipe blood on your face of the animal you kill in Poland? In Finland, why do they put a branch in the deer's mouth and over the wound? In Germany why do they lay the animals on pine branches and whats up with the smoke? What is the traditions of the fox hunts in England? The green cloth shirts and cool hats they where hunting in Austria? The horns they blow at the end of a driven hunt in Romania? Whats the significance of the white ash marking on the faces of tribes in the amazon rain Forest after an animal is killed?
For many of us, we do not know the answers to these questions (although we can read about them on the internet, its not the same is experiencing it in real life). For me hunting is spiritual, Natures kingdom will never let you down. It is the only place I want to spend my one day a week off from work and school.
This summer I will book a hunt in Europe. I will video and document a series of films that takes the viewer deeper into the culture and traditions of a hunt then just the killing. I Hope this gives you an idea of who I am.... I posted in the stalking forum about ideas for a hunt in 2014. I look forward to making some fellow hunting friends on this forum. Thank you for reading!