Do Atlanta families still hunt?

So apparently it’s deer hunting season, and I know this because one of my friends on Facebook is posting photos of himself with a dead deer.

I’m surprised there aren’t more hunting posts or photos of recent conquests on Facebook. So is it just my “friends” aren’t hunting or are Atlanta families in general not hunting? Is it now more a South Georgia thing? Or is it a from-Georgia, native kind of thing?

Growing up in Georgia we had neighbors that hunted. We would see them all in their camouflage unloading the car. (I was never up early enough to see anybody leave.) My family never hunted even though my parents are originally from Georgia. I started to appreciate deer hunting more when we lived in Pennsylvania. It was explained as an absolute necessity to keep the population in check and to keep deer from starving during the winter. The first day of deer hunting season was even a school holiday in State College, Pa.

So what do you think: Are Atlanta families still hunting? Is it just a South or North Georgia thing now? Is it just a Georgia-native thing now? Does your family hunt? Tell us about that experience – what do you hunt, how young did the kids hunt, what do they think about hunting?

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Becky

November 10th, 2010
11:48 am

@Lady Strange..I flew to VA. once with about 15 jars of homemade jelly for my sister..Put them in my carry on bag and (thankfully) had no problem..

Jenn

November 10th, 2010
12:54 pm

My father, husband and now my 16 year old son hunt. I don’t particulary care for the meat but they enjoy it. I think it is a great way for them to build relationships and enjoy the outdoors. When they go, I spend time with my mom and daughters. I also know that it is necessary and helps with the deer population. I don’t think it is a “Georgia” thing.

As a side note, when I was in 7th grade in Gwinnett County (approximately 1977-78) I took outdoor education as an elective. I was one of the only two girls in the class (we were in it to meet the boys!). We learned how to shoot shotguns, rifles, canoe, set up tents, etc… It was a blast. Can you imagine something like that today?

FCM

November 10th, 2010
1:04 pm

shaggy–I was fortunate to grow up with close neighbors who shared their hunting spoils…..The first and foremost thing we were taught was that taking a life is not to be taken lightly. You treat the animal with respect. I still believe that. I have also been painted with the blood of the first deer I helped to dress…but being a female I was spared having to drink it….yes, all ancient to the culture of the hunter.

Becky–I know they didn’t need to be shared, but then on this board we do share all kinds of trivia. I can agree they could be inane trivia about FCM…but I sort of put that out there so folks can skip them if they want.

shaggy

November 10th, 2010
1:28 pm

FCM,
All I can say is “damn right”. You were taught well.

Becky,
These rituals of the hunt really are as old as time itself. I think it is interesting that FCM shared this. If I took her hunting, she would certainly know what to do, unlike a few men that I know ;)

Beck

November 10th, 2010
1:35 pm

Mom2AlexandMax -

Never understood the need to hunt until I visited PA when deer season started one year. It was for my grandfather’s funeral and there were already deer who had impaled themselves on the cemetery fence and were still stuck there. They had been trying to get in to eat the flowers and plants left at graves as there was no foliage left for them.

I will NEVER forget it.

Becky

November 10th, 2010
1:55 pm

Hope I didn’t sound like I was being snippy about that FCM..If I did, not my intention..I know that we share everything (almost) on here, I just didn’t take those as being stupid things..:~)

@shaggy..after reading your post @11:14, ummm..In the past, I had always wanted to go hunting, just never found anyone to actually take me..This was prior to my sister hunting..Still might not mind it, but not real sure if I could eat liver raw..I’ll leave that one to you and I’ll enjoy the cooked vension..((:~))

motherjanegoose

November 10th, 2010
2:21 pm

@becky and ladystrange…the eggs were not the worst thing I have witnessed on board. I once sat next to a pensive lady who had a small tote tucked under the seat in front of her. We hit turbulence and an urn went flying down the aisle. She was beside herself…it was her mother’s ashes and thankfully the container stayed sealed. I cannot imagine having your Mom all over the floor of the airplane!

Becky are we up for lunch next T? I am meeting Michelle next week too!

JJ

November 10th, 2010
2:23 pm

I still hunt for good bargains.

Becky

November 10th, 2010
2:30 pm

@MJG..Tues. is fine..Where and time is all I need..

@JJ..Me too..Found a really good one last night..

FCM

November 10th, 2010
2:40 pm

Becky the liver isn’t raw…it is cooked in the brandy! :)

Shaggy–I cannot think of hunting season without thinking of this boy in HS–I think I was 9th grade. His family did hunt and I still have the note he gave me that he wrote up in the tree stand…it was the first time he didn’t feel like hunting. He described how pretty it was, and cold too, but that he wished his Sat was spent at a movie with me. Very sweet. No idea what happened Chris Harrell…his family moved off…but I have a feeling he is out hunting these weekends.

JJ

November 10th, 2010
2:52 pm

He’s hunting for you FCM – the one that got away…..boy did he blow it, huh???

FCM

November 10th, 2010
3:20 pm

JJ–LOL I doubt I ever cross his mind….I just cannot smell the leaves change in the fall without thinking of him….you know first real HS “romance”…As much romance as trading notes and holding hands in the hall ever are….just one of those sweet things we recall as we get older.

As to blowing it or getting away….well that always reminds me of Robert Frost…and the road less traveled. I could not be FCM if I had walked one of those other paths. Thus, I bring out the nostalgia from time to time, and then we can pack it back in the memory files….and be happy with the fact that the path I am on gave me my daughters.

Becky

November 10th, 2010
3:53 pm

@FCM..Wow, guess I did show my ignorance on that one didn’t I..:~)I could probably deal with it being cooked in brandy..

RoadRage

November 10th, 2010
4:06 pm

I have hunted since I was 4 with my grandfather, father, brothers, uncles, cousins, friends, and now my son. It is as much about the fellowship of family and friends and nature as it is about the game that we seek. Give me a day in the woods over ANY day in the city. It is something that I hope my son will pass down to his children. I too see a diminishing of hunters, in our neighborhood of 280 homes there are less than 5 that hunt. My Dad is still hunting at 85 and will probably die while hunting or while waniting to hunt. Not a bad way to go out I say.

FCM

November 10th, 2010
4:34 pm

Becky–I don’t know that it was ignorant…Maybe I was….I didn’t even think that anyone would consider that it was raw until you said it. The liver I am familar with (deer, beef, goose (pate), and liverwurst) were always cooked. When I saw that you said raw I had a lightbulb moment and said AH! I better tell her it is cooked in the brandy…and still very good with buttered toast on a cold night. It only works when it is very fresh though.

As to snippy–sometimes on here I have a hard time telling…I didn’t take it that way necessarily just thought I should explain why I would state “stupid facts” before I said the various comments after it…Much like the spoiler alerts and other warnings. If I what I wrote back was rude I apologize.

shaggy–one other thing. Some of the hunters did have antlers and even a game head in their dens. In fact my Dad has one. All I know is that everyone of them was killed for something other than a trophy. To my knowledge they are all several decades old as well, certainly none in my recent memory. In my Dad’s case he got a very clean shot and it was presented to him as a gift. It proudly wears a santa hat every Christmas and a tie that play jingle bells. When you consider that the dog gets a jingle bell and colored bow for the season, well…the animals (live and dead)are treated the same in the house. :)

Becky

November 10th, 2010
4:51 pm

@FCM..I think is was shaggy’s post at 11:14 that really made me think that it was eaten raw..As you say though, sometimes I read things on here and think wow, why would they say that? Then when I read it again, it makes more sense..

No, you did not offend me, no apology needed..Have a wonderful evening all..

MaryT

November 10th, 2010
4:55 pm

We went to a wedding somewhere out Hwy 316. The first thing I heard when I got there was that some kid had killed his first deer that morning. Well me being a city girl said, I can’t believe you killed a deer – that’s so mean. Needless to say, this person didn’t speak to me for the rest of the evening. My husband just laughed at me.

Proud Father

November 10th, 2010
9:46 pm

Hello Momania,

You have had some good topics for the last month in which I unfortunatly missed everyone of them. I have a suggestion for a topic, 2 actually.. first, just today a father who stepped up on a bus to confront his daughters bulliers did not get jail time, thnak God. second, the way kids act now a days is horrible and the liberal parents is even worse.

As a proud father of 4 girls, I am an former U.S. Marine and I am fanatical about protecting my daughters. My daughters are 14, 12, 6, and 5. I am 40 yrs old and I can honestly see myself being like that father that got up on the bus. Their are some kids in my apartment complex that sometimes bully my two youngest daughters and their parents hate me and boy I dont care because quite frankly I think they are white trailer trash.

Do a story about how to handle white trash parents who condone their children to be bullys. I always follow the law and teach my daughters to turn their cheek at trailer trash bully kids but I am afraid I might snap one day when it comes to protecting my daughters.

These kids now a days are horrible, where is the parenting now? I heard one 8 year old boy the other day tell his mother that if she continues to yell at him, ground him or spank him that he would tell his teachers that she was abusing him and have them report her to DFACS.. OMG.. if any of my daughters was to say that to me, it would be on like donkey kong.

As far as hunting, it is a good thing to teach your son beause it instills alot of good things such as discipline, patience ect.ect..

Lets have more stories about kids and the screwed up way the act now and as parents how to stop it without going to jail or being reported to DFACS..

One more thing, the black boys that killed that boy the other day at the party.. Sorry they are pure *iggers and obviously have never been parented, guess their parents were to busy smoking crack to be parents. I hope they get the death penalty and die in prison

null

November 11th, 2010
6:48 am

Wow. Proud father is a proud racist. I hope your daughters run away from home before they adopt your sickening views.

shaggy

November 11th, 2010
7:47 am

FCM,

Yes, the ancient hunting ritual was to partake of the fresh, raw liver of the kill. However, I can understand the liver cooked in brandy, modern times version.

There is another interesting “liver” ritual that hit’s closer to humanity, really close. Look up “liver eatin Johnson”, the inspiration for the mountain man movie, “Jerimiah Johnson”, staring Robert Redford. The legendary mountain man hunted and satisfied certain traditions, which inspired his moniker.
Read up on him. He was much more than just the movie script, although they did a good job on the movie. Beautiful setting and mostly accurate portrayal…except the liver thing.

FCM

November 11th, 2010
8:33 am

@shaggy….Smirkonish was reading yesterday from George H.W. Bush’s autobiography…Specificially the part about his having to dump his plane in the drink when he got hit in WWII. Apparently in later year’s he would joke to Barbara that he was lucky he was almost an Hors d’œuvre
since one of the Japense Generals was tried for the war crimes involving pilots and….well I am sure you follow the thought process here.

FCM

November 11th, 2010
8:36 am

Oh and I do know the movie. It is one that my father and I watched many eons ago. :)

BluebellJones

November 11th, 2010
10:04 am

Eat the heart! And the brains. Brains.
Also, Proud Father has nothing to be proud about if he is spreading racism. Proud Hater-may your children grow up straight and tall and be Democrats and better educated than you are. And run away from home.

Proud Mother

November 12th, 2010
4:12 am

Proud Father, good to hear that there are still people out there who are honourable enough to stand up for their families , beliefs and convictions. It is not racist to reject murderers and negligent parents.
Have a huge problem with people who are quick to scream racist, for every little thing. Proud father did not spread racism, he merely conveyed his disgust at unaceptable behaviour. If you are so quick to recognise racism and to make the public attent to it, then maybe you are the one keeping racism alive? Get a grip please, and focus on the real issues that matter, such as protecting your families, raising them as honourable men and woman and God fearing people. A nation that is proud of their country, who will not let the American Dream be stolen by socialism and terrorists. I am proud of you Proud Father and know your daughters are too.

shaggy

November 12th, 2010
6:18 am

This is the really bad side of hunting…morons posing as hunters. Elk are magnificient animals, and to kill and waste their bounty is utterly criminal, in both spiritual and material ways. Apparently, these cretins did this for a while, because they had the money to burn and no soul. It gives the huge majority of ethical hunters a black eye.

Thankfully, i have never come into contact with this kind of hunter, or I would probably end up being locked up for punching them…multiple times.

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/wildlife-violations-central-florida-man-accused-of-cutting-1039183.html?cxntlid=cmg_cntnt_rss