Hunting: The Ancient Primal Instinct

As old as the “fight or flight” instinct, the innate impulse to hunt just seems to be written in a man’s DNA, or many of them at least.  While in modern days, hunting is usually accredited to sport, it hasn’t always been that way.

In ancient times, hunting was done out of necessity.  It was often hunt or be hunted.  Hunting was carried out as a means for survival, in order to eat and to avoid being the hunted also.

Although times have changed, this gut born instinct to hunt still lives in the hearts and souls of many men.  It is as primal as life itself.

Why hunt?  Not only is hunting done for fun and sport, but many do eat the kill.  Many freezers are full of game like elk, deer and even bear.  Hunters often share their kill with friends, neighbors and even the needy.

There are other great reasons to hunt as well.  It is a huge stress releaser.  When a guy goes out to hunt, he can leave his worries (and his laptop) behind.  He is at peace and is one with nature for probably the first time since the last time he hunted.  It’s a good time to bond with hunting partners that are often friends or maybe even a son or two.

Men have always had the need to make their mark.  Some do it by way of sports like football or soccer but others do it as marksmen.  It is challenging to kill an animal.  It requires skill and usually demands physical abilities such as walking through the wilderness, stalking the animal and so on.  It is a huge accomplishment to have a successful hunt and that is great for a man’s ego.

Hunting is an excellent cure for depression.  Getting out and getting exercise cleanses the soul.  Being in nature stimulates the endorphins.  It’s a time that is appropriate to take out pent up aggression too.  Don’t like your boss?  Well, you can’t shoot him but…you can shoot an elk in his behalf.

Eight out of ten women polled said that their husbands generally return from a hunt in much better spirits than they were when they left.  Many state that they look forward to their husbands going because they feel it does them good psychologically.  Of those who did not feel a hunt was positive for their spouse, one stated that her husband is never happy about returning home is the only reason she feels it is negative.

Personally, when I hunt, the actual hunt is only a small part of the process.  It’s the anticipation of going that pumps me up for months before I really go.  The early morning coffee with my hunting buddies is one of my treasured times not to mention the campfires in the evenings.  I love the hunting part and I can’t explain the satisfaction I get from shooting a trophy buck or a big black bear but that’s just the icing on the cake for me.  Why do I love it all so much?  I guess it’s just in my genes.

If you are in need of a getaway and some stress relief, why not go hunting?  Even if you don’t kill anything, the time with other hunters and with Mother Nature herself might just do you good.  Hunting is good for the soul.  The desire to hunt is primal and the benefits are immense.