One of the best things about this forum is being able to see things through other folks eyes, so to speak. Many of us will never get the opportunity to visit the places described. The greatist advantage to me as a hunter is seeing the creation as it really is first hand , and not as some would have us to see it. Most of my hunts turn out to be nothing more that an armed walk in the woods as far as results go. Of couse being in the woods alone at sunset with the moon on the rise, with a slight breeze blowing on you face counts for alot more ,at least with me! Try to put a price on that if you can I can't. I hunt with the bow , gun, shotgun , also handgun , and it does not make a bit of diffrence what i'm carrying as long as i'm out there. One of the best reasons is to put meat on the table, but those that do know that many larger rewards come along with that goal. Many people who oppose hunting have little idea what goes on in the natural world. They have taken the bait and are cought up in a natural world which they want to be, rather than exists. To me they have lost their moorings so to speak , and have drifted away from from the way things really are. The person who took the time to get me started as a hunter is long gone, he is in GOD'S hands now but oh what a gift to leave someone! Alot of posts have spoken about game ranches vs, fair chase , hunting truly wild animals, and I can't help but think that those folks are cheating themselves out of some of the greatist rewards there is to be had in the all outdoors Bill.