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10 February 1999 Issue

Hunting Truths

by Illinois Animal Action

This is the moment I've been waiting for all year. Nothing else gives me quite
the same rush.

My wife wants me to stay home and go to church with the family, but she
knows better. My kids want to go and buy a Christmas tree, but they know all
the begging in the world won't change my mind. My one friend always tried
talking me out of it. He's not one of "us." Another guy keeps telling me that for
all the money I spend on this, I could buy it a lot cheaper at the store.

They don't understand. I don't care how much it costs. I don't care if I am
disappointing the wife or the kids. I don't really care if some of my friends don't
like it. They'll understand when I get home. I'll be the one talking then. Boy, will
I have a lot to brag about to my buddies.

I wonder how many people are as dedicated to something as I am to this. How
many of them would sit on a little piece of wood, up in a tree, out in the cold,
rain, snow, whatever, for days. Just waiting. Days at a time. Just waiting.
I know there are things that need to be done. But, like I said, they'll under-
stand when I get home.

And then it happens. The moment I would sacrifice almost anything for. He's
here. This "thing" that I tell everyone I respect and revere. This thing that
makes me feel complete. The moment is almost magical. I can look into his
eyes, see him breathe, almost feel his heart beat,
and then......................................I kill him.

Don't be fooled. "Sport hunting" is thrill killing.

Go on to Wolf
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