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Soap Box

For those who are not familiar with the term SOAP BOX ... according to Wikipedia ... in London in the 1870s, it was a standard Sunday afternoon pastime to visit Hyde Park and listen to the "soap box orators" ... people who would stand on a wooden crate and speak their minds. The crates were made for transport of goods such as soap.

It seems like everything gets political these days, but I try to keep that stuff off the website and out of WeatherWool. There are some topics that come up repeatedly, tho, so this page is my soap box.

Hunting? Non-hunting? Anti-hunting?
My family and I have always enjoyed a variety of Wild Foods, including venison. And it was actually the love of Wild Foods that led me to found WeatherWool.

Among the companies that provide products to outdoors-oriented people, there is a real divide ... do their customers hunt, or not. Very few companies (LL Bean is an exception) seem to be in the good graces of hunters and non-hunters, let alone anti-hunters. We hope our orientation toward Weather can help us to also be an exception, and appeal to outdoors-oriented people of all persuasions. If there is one thing that all of our customers seem to agree on, it is a love of Nature. And all of us who love Nature are natural (sorry) allies in the most important effort ... protection of habitat. (We've been members of The Nature Conservancy for over 30 years.)

Until my family goes vegetarian (Debby and Denali have been vegetarian for years, but not currently) I plan to continue to hunt wild meat.

What about trophy hunting?
Well, that's not me, but I'm not against it. For one thing, trophy hunting is -- as far as I know -- always also meat hunting. In the USA, at least, the law requires that the meat from game animals not be wasted. A friend of mine is a trophy hunter, primarily. That is, he seeks the biggest, most outstanding specimens. He also hunts with a longbow. Which means he needs to get within 15 yards -- just a few steps -- of his quarry, or he doesn't shoot. And even then, often, he can't shoot because the animal must be relaxed, and in the right position, with no intervening brush, etc. So mostly, my friend's hunts do not include any shots at all. He applied for a Bighorn Sheep tag (license) in Wyoming for about 20 years before finally being drawn in the lottery. He trained for months, and lost about 80 pounds to prepare for the hunt. He hunted hard for weeks ... and never drew his bow. My friend kills fewer animals than a pure meat hunter. And, as he tells me, he not only uses the meat, but the trophy honors the animal.


11 December 2018