Ages ago, humans communicated in grunts – similar in complexity to text messages – and meat was free range and covered in hair, not wrapped in plastic. Hunting was essential to survival and ancient societies valued the individual who could skillfully hurl a spear at a mastodon with enough force to put food on the table. Modernization has changed how we shop. The meat you eat no longer has an opportunity to eat you first. At the market we pay a premium to allow our food to roa
Regret mixed with relief as I retraced a brush-strewn path I had followed so many mornings and afternoons during the hunting season just ended on Martha’s Vineyard. There was no longer any need to walk carefully and quietly to avoid alerting any nearby deer as I took advantage of a welcome warmup to remove tree stands from the woods. I enjoy hunting immensely, so I rely on state regulations and not self discipline to cause me to call it quits and attend to responsibilities I
A Martha’s Vineyard property owner with a deer problem does not need to purchase enough high fencing with which to outfit a small youth reformatory. There is a less expensive, more fruitful option. Give hunting permission to a reliable Islander and reap the benefits of a symbiotic relationship rooted in Vineyard culture.
Years ago, when the persona of the whitetail deer had yet to change from lovable Bambi to tick-carrying, landscape-munching pest, and the season was much sh