USSA member Dr. John Burk of Santa Barbara, California talks of life as a hunter in the number one state battling to ban hunting and the adversity he faces from Californians.
“I got my buck last weekend!” I said, and there was nothing but silence. My small workout gym had three people in it that I knew, a guy and two girls, and all I received was a sheepish smile as they went back to their routines. Such is the life of the lonely hunter in California where there are few congratulatory exclamations and not much asking for “the story.” But I know this is not like most of the country where controlling the deer population is welcome and the hunting culture is more easily embraced. So I too went back to my exercises and thought how little they really know about hunting and maybe don’t care to know. I worry California has become the select world of a few who choose to fly under the radar and quietly pursue their sporting tradition.