By Mark Kenyon
Is there a right way to react after shooting a deer? Our Video of the Day today has got me mulling on this one.
It’s a debate that’s been catching steam lately and I’m not sure there’s a right answer.
On one hand you’ve got folks who get super excited, pumping fists, jumping up and down, hooting and hollering and just genuinely stoked. On the other hand you’ve got people who think that the fist pumping hoopla is disrespectful of the animal and inappropriate at a moment of death.
And I can see both sides of the debate.
I most certainly can relate to the incredible feeling of euphoria after successfully completing a hunt, but at the same time, I’m also very concerned about properly showing my respect for the animal and “celebrating” in an appropriate manner. The thing is, where I draw that line might be different than where you do and your line is likely different than the next guy or girl. And I think that’s probably OK.
Maybe the most important thing is simply that we each are at least thinking about that line – and consciously, thoughtfully, genuinely drawing it where we need it to be at that specific moment in our lives.
That all said, our Video of the Day today is from Drury Outdoors, featuring one of their teammembers nicknamed “Coon Dog” and his memorable reaction to an Iowa hunt.
Over the years, I’ve come to enjoy Coon’s hunts on film simply because of the unbridled excitement you can see him experience over the course of an encounter and kill – he just can’t control himself. And I think since it’s so obviously genuine, this guy is so over-whelmingly thrilled he can’t hardly function, that you can’t help but get a kick out of him.
So, take a look at our Video of the Day below and then let us know: What are your thoughts on the appropriate way to react after killing an animal? Is there even such a thing? Let us know in the comments section!