I Have hunted and fished the Pacific Northwest for 17 years! Ask me anything!
NSFW: THE PHOTO'S HAVE DEAD ANIMALS IN THEM AS WELL AS MY STORIES!
Hey reddit! I love AMA's and searched for one from a hunter but found none, so I decided to do one! Quick information for you... I am 24 years old and have hunted since I was 7 years old when I received my "green card." (A hunter in WA state's identification showing they passed hunters safety) I have harvested my deer 14 years running now and have 3 elk, 1 moose, 1 coyote, 16 deer, 1 bear and many other small game animals. Every animal I harvest I use 100% of. My dogs get the fat, scraps and bones, I mount the animals or get leather made from the hides and personally butcher wasting as little as possible saving it to feed me and mine throughout the next year. Every hunt I do is 100% fair chase. No fences or assistance from baiting. I spend every moment I can hunting during the season and consider hunting to be one of my greatest passions. I also invest time into shed antler hunting. For those who don't know most of the animals with antlers shed them at a certain time in the year and I go out in search of them as a hobby.
Thanks for taking the time to read this and thank you for your questions My goal with this AMA was to help encourage others to consider hunting themselves and to also share to the people who hold negative feelings towards hunting that there are hunters that still cling to the old ways where there is respect and ethics to it! There are some amazing questions that didn't get up-votes so if you are interested in reading more, check out the less popular ones!
I'd like to end my bio with a short quote for you guys.... "The truth is, i'm always saddened when I kill an animal. It's not remorse I feel, I know why i'm a hunter. It's out of respect for the animal."
I received a Reddit gold for the first time! Thank you a lot but if any of you feel the need to do this support the NRA or the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation with a donation. They need it much more than I do and they are amazing organizations to support. Currently a member/supporter myself!
Images of me with some of the animals:
Here is an album of all the photo's I have uploaded for questions and will continually upload and keep it updated! It can be found here
Here is a link with the article I wrote in immense detail about the day my dad and I harvested our moose!
Mods if you need more proof PM me :)
EDIT: Keep them coming guys, lots of great questions so far and I am having a lot of fun and I still have a ton of photo's and stories I could share!
EDIT#2: Trying to keep up with the questions, this took off more than I expected. A lot of good questions don't have much for upvotes so make sure to scroll through it all if you like what you're reading! Thanks for the interest everyone!
EDIT #3: Good morning everyone, i've been up for 12 hours answering questions non stop and they are coming in even faster now. I am trying to get to them but it might take a bit! Thanks for your questions and interest!
EDIT #4: I have been answering questions for 18 hours straight and finally caught up. Thank you all again so much for your interest and questions. I am going to lay down now but I will however continually answer any additional questions that are added for the next several days!