Why I Eat Wild Meat

A veteran hunter and nature writer shares his belief that traditional hunting of wild meat draws us closer to nature and is a physical and intellectual challenge that fulfills one of our fundamental instincts.



David Petersen Hunting
Self-described "campfire philosopher" David Petersen is a former editor for MOTHER EARTH NEWS. He is the author of nine books, including the 20th anniversary edition of "Racks: A Natural History of Antlersand the Animals That Wear Them." David and his wife, Caroline, live in a self-built cabin in the Rocky Mountains, where they grow and hunt their food.
PHOTO: DAVID PETERSEN
Five Wild Turkeys
Wild turkeys huddle up in the snow to stay warm.
GERALD TANG
Bear Cubs Playing
One of the great benefits of hunting, regardless of its outcome, is the opportunity to observe amazing wildlife and the beautiful natural world as you might otherwise never experience it.
MINDEN PICTURES/MICHIO HOSHINO
Animal Paw Tracks
Bear tracks in sand.
DAVID PETERSEN
Buck In Nature
Hunting wild game often affords the hunter the opportunity to see beautiful animals in a natural setting.
GERALD TANG
David Petersen And Grandson
Nature writer and veteran fisherman David Petersen shares the joys of fishing for your own dinner with his grandson, Robbie.
CHRISTINE PETERSEN
Hunting Arrows
Hunting for your own dinner provides physical and mental exercise, plus some of the healthiest food on the planet.
DAVID PETERSEN
David Petersen Rabbit
The end of a successful hunt ... and the beginning of a clean, natural, "locally grown" meal.
DAVID PETERSEN











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