How Hunting Tradition Is Part of Sporting Realm


No, we’re not about to break into song here, although Fiddler on the Roof has touched many hearts over time. No. what we are talking about is hunting tradition, and how ‘tradition’ is a very important part of the whole sporting realm.

North America certainly has its own traditions when it comes to everything from what bear to go after to which lucky rabbit’s foot should be carried at all times in order to come away with a ‘win.’ But traditions are also found across the globe, and learning about them – studying each and every intricacy that others hold dear – is a truly fun way to experience hunts that we normally don’t have the time, energy, or money to be a part of. So today, we take a look at some cultures that have made hunting everything from a fun sport to a livelihood that offers stellar careers and, most of all, necessary food for citizens around the globe.

We begin in one of the strongest hunting cultures in the world. Which you wouldn’t assume would be, seeing as that at one time they had no animals, deer-660x320mammals, or anything to speak of anywhere near them. No, not exaggerating. For those who have had the sheer luck to visit there, you already know that hunting is not only a tradition, it is a way of life that New Zealanders would not be able to live without. Oddly enough these islands that actually make up New Zealand once had absolutely nothing. Only bats roamed the skies; not one deer or elk roamed the land. It wasn’t until those pesky Europeans decided to make New Zealand their ‘home away from home’ that game animals were even introduced.

Not only did this European ‘invasion’ gift the New Zealand culture with sport, but they also provided a resource for food that they hadn’t had as of yet. You name it, these intruders provided it; from deer to pigs – goats to rabbits and more. Every one of the mammals that were brought to New Zealand adapted and thrived in their new terrain. And with no natural predators to be seen, the populations of these animals absolutely exploded.

Yes, as times have changed environmentalists have protested the fact that these huge populations are causing an ill effect to the agriculture of the islands. There are groups that have also protested the fact that no mammals or animals should be killed because it also would ruin the habitats. Suffice to say, hunting is beloved by one and all in New Zealand.

There was one country where professional hunters were all the rage throughout history, and that is India. Whether they were fighting amongst themselves or others, hunting in India was actually seen as the sport of royalty – no matter what you were hunting. You are talking about a tradition that was built by Maharajas and other ‘big men on India’s campus,’ as well as British officers. Their hunts were specialized and organized and, because of the local tribes deep knowledge of their environment as well as all hunting techniques, big game became big prizes for the royal ones In fact, long ago even the mighty Bengal tiger didn’t stand a chance.

It was in 1972 that India’s Wildlife Protection Act came about that actually banned the killing of all wild animals. However, it still remains that if any wild animal poses a danger to human life, than a person can pick up the hunt once again and set out on their own safari. (With a Maharaja by your side? Doubtful.)

Now, safaris are still going strong in the world of Africa, where these ‘overland journeys’ inspire hunters to this day to get out into that wild kingdom and search for days – even weeks – by camping out in the bush while pursuing big game. But even though the safari-life continues, hunters are now mostly tourists; they have to be guided by licensed and highly regulated professionals as they traverse difficult terrains. A ‘solo-safari’ is the one way that a hunter does this all by himself, but the responsibilities are great and there is much to do in order to not end up on the wrong side of the law.

When it comes to our friends in the U.K., we’ve spoken about the thrill of the old time foxhunt and how it still happens a great deal across the water. The largest tradition that they still honor is the very regal archer with a modern hunting bow, as well as the hunting hounds that run on a head as the hunter follows on horseback, waiting for that sly fox to make an appearance.

Game birds are yet another tradition when it comes to the Brits. The pheasants, etc. are taken down with shotguns for sport and it is most definitely a family affair, considering the fact that records show over a million people participate in these shoots each and every year. And it doesn’t take much to find the game, considering that approximately thirty-five million birds are released on shooting estates every year. You are talking about ‘grand’ hunts where guns are actually placed in assigned locations on the estates and the game is then drawn out by assistants referred to as “beaters,” who move through areas swinging their sticks in order to drive the game out so the hunters can take down as many as they please.

When it comes to North America, the actual sport and life of a hunter came along way before the actual United States came into being. Beginning thousands of years ago in pre-Columbian Native American cultures, hunting was seen absolutely everywhere, most especially when it came to Alaskan communities.

Of course, the list of game that’s available in the U.S. is long and varied; from white-tailed and mule deer to wild turkey, bear – and a list of smaller game like rabbits and squirrels. There are literally too many to name, as all different sizes and shapes are absolutely ‘booming,’ offering hunting seasons that are far and away a feast for the sportsman or woman.

Now when it comes to hunting in the United States alone, no particular culture is in the lead, so to speak; proving that hunting is far and away a huge tradition that has been built over time in the multitude of cultures that America houses. And the famous names, such as Crockett and Boone are a standard in the U.S., which shows how famous our hunting traditions really are.

In the end, the hunting traditions around the globe are vast and should be upheld as much as possible. ‘Tradition’ is something that needs to continue for the next generation coming up behind. If this occurs, societies and cultures can better understand and accept one another. This way, perhaps we can ALL (finally) get along!



BFFs Party in New Orleans in Raunchy Reunion Romp

  Girls Trip Film Review by Kam Williams BFFs Party in New Orleans in Raunchy Reunion Romp  Ryan (Regina Hall), Sasha (Queen Latifah), Dina (Tiffany Haddish) and Lisa (Jada Pinkett Smith) have been friends since their college days in the Nineties. Back then, the tight-knit Flossy Posse partied as hard as they hit the books. After graduating, they curtailed the carousing considerably for the sake of their professional careers. Today, … [Read More its Good for You.....]


Book of Black Heroes

  Book of Black Heroes Political Leaders Past and Present by Gil L. Robertson, IV Foreword by Myrlie Evers-Williams Just Us Books Paperback, $12.95 80 pages ISBN: 978-1-933491-21-9 Book Review by Kam Williams “The first African-American political leaders began to serve following the Civil War...Known as Reconstruction, this period represented a window of opportunity for African-Americans... Many [Black] political leaders emerged … [Read More its Good for You...]


The Day After the Day Of

  The Day After the Day Of by Paul Ilechko   The sky sheds its tears. This morning is the morning of the day after. The day of mourning, the day after the day of.  I beseech the sky to shed tears in order to wash away the tears on my face.   This is the first day of the time after. This is the beginning of a new time, the days of pain, the days of sorrow. We are in mourning. The sky looks down and sheds its tears for … [Read More its Good For You...]

Real Estate

Big Things in Small Packages Are Taking Over the Real Estate Market

  Big Things in Small Packages Are Taking Over the Real Estate Market by Amy Lignor   What began as a “tiny” trend – which some called a “passing fad” at first – has become one of the largest growing industries in the U.S.A. in the 21st century; with records being broken in 2017.   Despite what you would call having a niche appeal, in the real estate market tiny homes are selling the BIGGEST. In fact, their all-time low in sales … [Read More its Good for You.....]


Healthy Living: The Cellphone Guide

  Healthy Living: The Cellphone Guide by Amy Lignor   Much like the political realm, there will always be debates and disagreements when it comes to the technological realm—especially when it comes to your health versus the almighty cellphone. Now, it is a fact that communication in the 21st century literally brought about a revolution. Mobile devices are being used and will remain at the top of “must have” lists for all ages for … [Read More its Good for You...]


Go shallower, further with Carolina Skiff DLX Tunnel Series

  Go shallower, further with Carolina Skiff DLX Tunnel Series By Craig Lamb A pillar of the Carolina Skiff brand is the DLX Series, tracing its roots back to the first model built in 1983. Since then the DLX has built a loyal following as one of the most durable, versatile and stable boats on the water. Plain and simple, you just can’t beat it as a runabout, commercial workboat or for just about any activity on the water. Could the DLX get … [Read More its Good for You...]


NASCAR Fans “Gear Up” for Independence Day Weekend

  NASCAR Fans “Gear Up” for Independence Day Weekend by Amy Lignor   It is that time again. And while some families will be going out on the town or heading to their local fireworks display to sit on the lawn and watch the rockets’ red glare as the local firefighters put on an awesome display, there are thousands of others headed to Daytona in order to witness one of NASCAR’s mot anticipated events: The COKE ZERO 400 being held in the … [Read More its Good for You...]


Is Social Media Still Growing?

  Is Social Media Still Growing? by Amy Lignor   It was in 1999, Bill Gates wrote a book titled, “Business @ the Speed of Thought.” Within these pages, the man who became the computer world’s wizard made massively bold predictions that, at the time, sounded ridiculous and outrageous to those who read them. But when you look at how the social media realm has grown over the past few decades, it is important to take note that not only … [Read More its Good for You...]


The B&B’s Offer A+ Service for Your Vacation

  The B&B’s Offer A+ Service for Your Vacation by Amy Lignor   When it comes to vacations people always think and worry about the locale. Where will they go? Does it have something for the kids? Are they looking at a camping trip, a historical location where they can treasure hunt through the museums, or simply that relaxing by the beach vacation that has everything to do with getting the right tan while sipping those amazing … [Read More its Good for You...]

Green Living

Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden

  Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden by Amy Lignor   Many are still dealing with that wintery mix Mother Nature just loves to toss down from the sky this time of year. Yet, that gardener living inside the soul – the one just dreaming of the sunny skies and lazy rainy days that are must-haves in order to grow the best vegetables possible – is already jotting down the facts, tricks and tips they need to know in order to make that … [Read More its Good for You...]