Most straight-forward answer?
Because that's how I was reared.
I wish I was much more analytical about my approach, but that's the most honest answer. I hunted as a boy with my Dad, and continue hunting as a man, with and without my Dad.
Although I do have 35 lbs of fresh venison for my efforts this last weekend, I hunt because it gives me pleasure, such as the ones I first beheld as a boy with my dad. It probably wouldn't be so much fun if I hadn't.
Will you, too, be one who stands in the gap?
[This message has been edited by Long Path (edited November 18, 1999).]