Into the Forest: Answering the Call

In my opening article about our hunting heritage, I tried to open the door, so to speak, for some of you that may have never had the chance to get involved. Here in this follow up, I’d like to point out two hurdles people face when trying to enter the sport, and get you headed in the right direction, before you’ve decided to ‘heed the call’ of thousands of years of woodsmanship and tradition.

I’m not going to waste any time here, I’m going to get this boring, yet most important, point out of the way. ‘Sport’ hunting, in America, is very well regulated. This whole system in America was setup by white men, as such, it has very well thought out rules, and the rules MUST be obeyed, the same as any other laws. It is what sets us apart from third worlders and from whatever ‘shitholes’ they come from. The rules in nearly every state require that you first obtain a hunting license before you can take to the field. Though there are certain loopholes in each state, go ahead and do this, it gives you maximum opportunity. In order to acquire a hunting license, every state requires you to first take a hunter safety course.

The hunter safety course is basically a two-day course more or less, depending on each state’s requirements where you learn the basics of hunting legally, ethically and safely. In my state, it is one day of class work, depending on where you take it, and an extra day of field work may be a requirement. The field work is firearms safety, including some shooting. It’s no big deal. Some states require that you take a bowhunter’s education course before they’ll let a goy shoot a pointy stick into the rib cage of a wild animal, so keep that in mind if you’ve got ambitions towards that.

In short, you have to prove to them that you aren’t a complete dumbass and can be trusted to walk around the woods with loaded weapons. I take it none of y’all will have any trouble. To make it even easier, a lot of states allow the bookwork section to be done online. It is sorta annoying and boring, but it doesn’t take long, and you must take these steps if you want to hunt.

Anything about this process, as well as, all other hunting regulations can be learned from your state’s department of fish and game. Hunter safety course schedules, regulations, bag limits, legal manner of take, legal weapons, licensing requirements, etc. can all be found online and your state DNR/fish and game websites. If doing things online isn’t enough to ease your mind, call them. They’ve got people sitting in a cubicle somewhere whose job it is to answer questions from people like you. Your tax dollars are paying for this service, so get a hold of them and pester their ass ’till they give you all the info that you want to know. How your experience in your hunting heritage goes is entirely dependent on how you get started. It is your duty as a responsible white man to make sure you get started right by being informed and having all your legal ducks in a row.

The Access Question

I hear it all the time from guys who are seasoned hunters: “Man, I just can’t find any place to actually go.” I can only imagine how it would be for guys who are just trying to get into the sport with no personal connections. It’s unfortunate, but it would appear that land to hunt is in high demand. The phony “big buck” craze that drives the blasphemous “hunting industry” caused a lot of private land to be gobbled up by exclusive clubs and leases. It’s not as though there isn’t land out there, it’s just really hard to find.

Gone are the days when any land without ‘Posted’ signs meant that the owner didn’t mind if you went into the wood lot on the back forty and cracked a few squirrels for the stew pot. When my own father began deer hunting, he simply walked into the woods near the hosiery mill where my grandmother worked, nailed a pallet to a tree, braced it up, and was in it everyday of the season that he could be. This was the early 1970’s, nobody ever said a thing about a 14-year-old going in and out of their woods everyday with a pump-action Remington 742. I assure you, in today’s age, short of spotlighting, nothing will have the ‘fur fuzz’ on your ass quicker than trespassing.

Yes, access is a major hurdle for hunters today, especially for first timers. But let me tell you a little secret. What if I told you there were piles of land open to anyone who wanted to start hunting, fishing, camping or LARP as an elf, a viking or whatever it is you RPG dweebs do??? Well, there is land for all that, TONS of it, in fact…to the tune of 193 million acres nationwide. This land is in the form of national and state wildlife refuges, grasslands, state sanctioned “game lands,” Bureau of Land Management lands, etc. The majority of this land, however, is in the form of the National Forest system. This free public access land is scattered all across the nation and comes in some form or another in every state. Your tax dollars have been paying for it, and it is there for you to hunt, or to go do whatever white people shit you want to do.

You see, despite how the Tribe tries to portray us as thoughtless destroyers of the natural world, it’s all bullshit. Our forefathers were hunters, fisherman and woodsmen. Men like Teddy Roosevelt, Aldo Leopold and even that son of a bitch William Tecumseh Sherman organized clubs like “The Boon and Crockett Club“. They dedicated themselves to preserving our hunting heritage for us to experience and enjoy today. They established the ‘North American Model’ of wildlife conservation, which was ground breaking in that they were the first to preserve wildlife in the public trust.

Our model of wildlife and wild land conservation is the envy of the world, and is the benchmark for all nations that strive to conserve their natural resources. It goes without saying WE did it – white men did it. Only our ancestors would have had the forethought to do it, and they did it for US – white men. It is just yet again another example of something that we were the first to do and, we did it better than all others.

So, there you have it fellas, I’ve pointed out the first two hurdles you’ll have to clear if you’re interested in experiencing the time-honored tradition of our forefathers. You (1) know how to become a legal hunter and (2) you have a place to go hunting. In the next installment, I may explain away why public land is great to hunt, despite what people may say. Or, talk about the easiest way to get started (the way 95% of all hunters get started) with small game. After that, we’ll probably move on to the nitty-gritty of stacking the big critters up like cord wood. We’ll see, but stick around.

In closing, I’d like to say they didn’t just do all that for nothing. The regulations, the wildlife, the land they set aside, all the time, energy and resources expended in doing so – they did it for us, their posterity. I may sound redundant here, but I don’t care – they did it for you. They wanted you to be able to enjoy something that they loved and enjoyed, as did their forefathers, and their forefathers before them, going back generations upon generations. They wanted you to experience and enjoy this aspect of our culture and heritage.

But now, these treasures that they preserved for you face a dangerous and uncertain future. Sacks of shit like Lindsay Graham and “Songbird” McCain would shit on and throw away all that was given to us by selling our public land to foreign interest in order to pay off the massive debt they’ve accrued for fighting (((wars))) and subsidizing a bunch of Sub-Saharan apelings. We ought to fight this, in fact, it is our duty to fight this. One of the first steps you can take to actively fight this is to get out there and participate and experience your outdoor heritage first hand. Do your duty white man, do your duty for your ancestors and for future generations.

I promise, it’s a lot of fun.

-L.F. Russell