How this all started…
I’m a graphic designer, mountain biker, snowboarder, and as of the 2010 season—hunter. This blog is my response to all of the unique experiences, interesting challenges, and most of all, sideways glances and scoffs I’ve received from friends, family and co-workers as they’ve learned of my new found love of hunting.
For all those who made comments like, “You, a hunter? Never would have taken you for one that likes to kill animals,” or, “Is that a red-neck I see back there?”
My hope is that this site will inform those with similar perceptions of hunting/hunters about why I (and others like me) appreciate and love the practice. Not because we like killing—although we understand its a necessary means to an end for any and all lovers of meat—but because, as Michael Pollan poetically illustrates in this excerpt from The Omnivore’s Dilema, we feel responsible to “pay the full karmic price of a meal.”
H&Q will be for those who are tired of relying on supermarkets and butchers who’s sources we can’t be sure of. For those who think about whether the animal origin of their steak was raised humanely or raised in a small pen where it was force-fed corn and lived the last moments of it’s life ankle deep in it’s own manure, injected with unnatural hormones and antibiotics, then slaughtered without care.
Don’t worry, rather than standing on the soap-box and barking about that sort of stuff all the time (though perhaps some times), this site’s goal will primarily be to provide like-minded, concerned meat eaters with an interesting and fresh resource for information related to responsible hunting. I’ll certainly try to include the occasional, ”hunting tips” and “hardware review” article – hopefully from people more qualified than I, but will primarily focus on articles about unique and delicious recipes that conform to the 100 mile diet (as much as possible).
I will also try to explore the rich history of hunting, philosophy, and DIY projects that try to address whole-animal usage—I’ll do my best to keep projects tasteful and creative.
Appealing to the holistic, caring hunter and informed meat eater, H&Q will aim to change the face of hunting as it is currently perceived by the uninformed (or mislead) masses.
I look forward to reading your comments, suggestions and advice.