'Most Hunters' By Aldo Leopold

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Brandon Krogman Dr. Ayers LH 105 9/15/14 Leopold talks about his own experiences hunting, as well as the general experiences of “most hunters”. What is the significance in the contrasts between the two? Aldo Leopold, a conservationist and naturalist, was also an avid grouse-hunter. He describes his October hunting adventures with his dog and the remarkable things he notices in nature. He also describes the purpose-driven scramble by other hunters to bag their respective animal. By describing both, he indirectly compares (and more importantly contrasts) the two in a way that shows the importance of familiarity with nature. What we should take out of this is clear—Leopold’s way of hunting and interacting with nature is more enjoyable and rewarding. The advantage he…show more content…
He writes about following blackberry leaves, or “red lanterns” (62), to where the birds are. He understands that because the partridge wander from blackberry bush to blackberry bush while eating, the birds will eventually be right in front of him if he keeps heading upwind. However, less knowledgeable hunters use a “logical” plan and stick to it because they yearn for success and not enjoyment. By ignoring nature and following whatever plan they concocted before they arrived, these hunters “wear themselves out in the briarless scrub, and, returning home birdless, leave the rest of us in peace.”(63) They have wasted their time, worn themselves out, and left disappointed, all because they hunted on logic instead of reacting to the clues nature has left them. To avoid this, Leopold wants us to gain an understanding of nature, as well as be aware that there are advantages to be gained from observing natural patterns while hunting. If we go with the flow of nature, we will end up “where the birds actually are.”(62) This need not apply to only hunting, but to interacting with nature in

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