FAMOUS HUNTING QUOTES
"When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when a tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity."
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Man and Superman
"A peculiar virtue in wildlife ethics is that the hunter ordinarily has no gallery to applaud or disapprove of his conduct. Whatever his acts, they are dictated by his own conscience, rather than by a mob of onlookers. It is difficult to exaggerate the importance of this fact."
- Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac
"One does not hunt in order to kill; on the contrary, one kills in order to have hunted...If one were to present the sportsman with the death of the animal as a gift he would refuse it. What he is after is having to win it, to conquer the surly brute through his own effort and skill with all the extras that this carries with it: the immersion in the countryside, the healthfulness of the exercise, the distraction from his job.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset, Meditations on Hunting.
"When you have shot one bird flying you have shot all birds flying. They are all different and they fly in different ways but the sensation is the same and the last one is as good as the first."
- Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), Winner Take Nothing
"One knows so well the popular idea of health. The English country gentleman galloping after a fox -- the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable."
- Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), A Woman of No Importance, act 1.
"Whack 'em, stack 'em and pack 'em."
- Ted Nugent, rock star.
"No, I'm not a good shot, but I shoot often."
- Teddy Roosevelt
"It is very strange, and very melancholy, that the paucity of human pleasures should persuade us ever to call hunting one of them."
- Samuel Johnson (1709-84), Anecdotes of Samuel Johnson.
"If Elvis Presley had been a bowhunter, he'd probably be alive today."
- Ted Nugent, rock star
"All animals will not only be not shot, they will be protected -- not only from people but as much as possible from each other. Prey will be separated from predator, and there will be no overpopulation or starvation because all will be controlled by sterilization or implant."
- Cleveland Amory, founder of The Fund For Animals, describing his ideal world, in Sierra, June 1992.
"How, given the canine teeth and close-set eyes that declare the human animal to be a predator, had we come up with the notion that oat bran is more natural to eat than chicken?"
- Valerie Martin, The Great Divorce
"The true trophy hunter is a self-disciplined perfectionist seeking a single animal, the ancient patriarch well past his prime that is often an outcast from his own kind... If successful, he will enshrine the trophy in a place of honor. This is a more noble and fitting end than dying on some lost and lonely ledge where the scavengers will pick his bones, and his magnificent horns will weather away and be lost forever."
- Elgin Gates, Trophy Hunter in Asia
"No culture has yet solved the dilemma each has faced with the growth of a conscious mind: how to live a moral and compassionate existence when one is fully aware of the blood, the horror inherent in all life, when one finds darkness not only in one's own culture but within oneself... There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions. You continue to live them out, making your life a worthy expression of a leaning into the light."
- Barry Lopez, Arctic Dreams
"Whenever I see a photograph of some sportsman grinning over his kill, I am always impressed by the striking moral and esthetic superiority of the dead animal to the live one."
- Edward Abbey, A Voice Crying in the Wilderness
"The emotions that good hunters need to cultivate are love and service more than courage. The sentiments of the hunt then become translated into art.
- James Swan, In Defense of Hunting