Prince William caused a ruckus with some animal rights groups after they discovered that he took Prince George along on a grouse hunt. They groups claim that little George’s psyche could be damaged because of the trip.
According to the Daily Mail, Prince William along to the hunt while on a family holiday in Scotland last weekend, where he watched his father and other hunters spend the morning hunting birds.
This should come as no surprise to anyone who follows the British royal family. They were all raised in the hunting tradition and plan on raising young George to do the same.
With the exception of Prince Harry, who let his wife cut off balls, the entire family hunts. William’s wife Kate has been seen hunting, but for some reason, PETA thinks it is earth-shattering news every time they go out.
PETA Director Mimi Bekhechi said: ‘Very few people these days view shooting for “sport” as anything other than a violent perversion that hurts and kills beautiful birds who are minding their own business. For a child to be compelled to witness such casual killing – and by a parent he looks up to, no less – is potentially as harmful to his or her psyche as it is to the bird’s very life.’
Of course, anyone who has grown up hunting knows that is complete rubbish. Like a lot of hunters in the United States, I was introduced to hunting at a young age. At age 4 I accompanied my grandpa on a squirrel hunt and by age 5 I had already killed a squirrel and a groundhog. Some of the best memories I have growing up was time spent in the woods with my Grandpa.
I detail many of these hunts in my book, Why We Hunt: The Five Motivations of the Modern Hunter. Those experiences have made me the person I am today. Hunting has taught me about nature and I have a deeper appreciation for life because of it.
My son is now old enough to accompany me while hunting and I am grateful for every moment we get to spend together in the woods. This is part of the reason I designed a hunting journal for kids, so they can record the memories they have made while out hunting.
So I encourage you to take you kid hunting and help them build great memories that last a lifetime.