I hunt birds and deer, but not like I used to. As recently as 8 years ago I was shooting 30 to 50 roosters and a handful of quail. Several deer, turkeys, coyotes. I guess it got boring and I would look at the time spent on it, regret not doing other things. As far as guilt, nature isn’t forgiving. I only kill predators or what I’m going to eat.I become more like this every year. I grew up hunting and still have no problem with other people doing it but couldn't shoot anything now.
I feel terrible now if I accidentally run over a cat or squirrel.
Very similar incident except I LMAO. Gravel road at night and I came over a Hill to see a possum popping a squat in the middle of the road.Lol…… when I was in HS, I was driving on a gravel road at night and hit a opossum (I swear animals just look to run in front of me). He wasn’t dead and was clearly in pain so I reluctantly and painfully backed up over him again to finish him off. Felt terrible.
Snakes all can go die as far as I'm concerned. When in Iraq, if we found a mouse or rat, that sucker got killed. Didn't need the snakes coming after them. I.E., the snakes over there were a little more harmful than a garter snake.
Black racers usually don't hang around anyways. They are off the line by the time the sliding door is closed. But I have seen rattlesnakes stubborn as hell to move along.Leaving our neighborhood on Monday there was a huge ugly water moccasin who thought they owned the road. Got into the grass before I could run it over. A black racer, no problem - but a moccasin is bad news. 🐍
I’ve found the older I get the more compassion I have for any living thing.I was weedeating today and accidentally hit a garter snake I didn’t see in time. He was dinged up and unable to move his back half. I tried to work out the kinks but he was clearly a goner so I put him out of his misery. Even for something as small and common as a snake I was bummed for a little while. Don’t know how people kill big mammals. (And yes, I know where steaks come from).
Anyone else feel like this or am I just a big softie?