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Morrow 1 Todd Morrow Mr. Hohmann English 101 September 25, 2008 “Why I Hunt – take 2” Every fall Rick Bass hunts. He does not hunt because he has to, no one has to hunt. He hunts because he wants to. He feels that he is a predator: Prey have eyes on the sides of their heads, in order to see in all directions, in order to be ready to run. But predators – and that’s us, or at least some of us – have our eyes before us, out in front, with which to focus, to a single point. (Bass 82) Bass also says that he feels for the animals that he has killed, and would not mind if he had to pay for their lives with his own someday. He tells of a specific hunt where he has killed an elk by shooting it in the neck to minimize its suffering.
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Unformatted text preview: Nevertheless, when he arrived at the elk to break its neck, as he normally does, the elk let out a grunt. This hunt was his worst ever because it is inferred that the animal suffered more than necessary. Another negative that he associates with his hunting is the increased risk of cancer that he suffers due to his diet. He justifies this risk by theorizing: “… I have to trust that [the cancer studies] apply to fatty steroid beef, and cattle that must have been raised in pesticide fields.”(83) All of the positive aspects of hunting out way the negative ones for Rick Bass. He will always spend each fall, “looking straight ahead.” (82)...
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