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In Heartsblood, nationally acclaimed nature writer and veteran outdoorsman David Petersen draws clear distinctions between true hunting and contemporary hunter behavior, praising what's right about the former and damning what's wrong with the latter, as he seeks to render the terms "hunter" and "anti-hunter" palpable. ...more
Paperback, 269 pages
Published August 1st 2003 by Johnson Books (first published 2000)
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Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Just finished reading this on my kindle app, middle of the night, after changing a diaper -- so give me some latitude in this review, please.

So far, this is the best of the hunting ethics/worldview books I've read.

Peterson manages to present his case (hunting, when done in a healthy way, is necessary for humans and animals, essentially) without being sanctimonious or maudlin. He elevates his own style of hunting (traditional archery) without needlessly putting down those who choose different to
Tina Arani
Feb 19, 2021 rated it liked it
As someone who knows nothing about hunting but was very strongly in the anti-hunting camp prior to reading this book, I certainly learned a lot. Petersen dives into the role of hunting in wildlife conservation, in species evolution, and in humans connecting with nature. He differentiated ethical from non-ethical hunting (which is where most of my stereotyping came from) and covered many other topics, and I left the book with a newfound understanding and respect for hunting. While I’m certainly n ...more
Sep 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Great book if your a hunter or an outdoorsman and tired of being nagged by people for being what you are. Petersen brings to life people who are fanatical about the outdoors and the constant search to touch a life that has been left far behind by the modern world if only for a breif few weeks each year. Their thoughts along with his say something that is always on the tips of the tongues of all hunters.
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great review of the arguments for and against hunting. Even though this book is pretty old now, the "current" statistics about hunters and types of hunters were interesting. The best parts were, of course, the more timeless ones about why we hunt and why it feels like something we were made to do.

Most powerful for me, was the discussion of why killing is necessary to fully participate in nature.

Research and data, but all framed with hunting stories. In the tradition of Edward Abbey, who he refe
Synty Boehm
The writing style is leaves a lot to be desired. Each chapter is further broken into small sections that seem to have been written separately. Almost as though each was an editorial piece gathered together to make this book.

Otherwise the author does just as others have said, he praises what he agrees with while bashing what he doesn't. Almost to the point of being off-putting.

I did enjoy the tails and stories of the hunts. Some of those hunts were quite remarkable.

Perhaps if I was just startin
Oz Barton
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Compelling and well informed. Helped clarify some issues I've been having regarding the ethics of hunting, as a formerly PETA-indoctrinated kid who now wants to kill the animals I eat. Was unimpressed with author's take on certain topics like gender and domesticated livestock, but on the whole I found myself agreeing with what he had to say. ...more
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book, overall. In parts the author gets a little preachy, but overall it's an interesting read, assuming you're already pro-hunting. As someone that does not hunt, it was interesting to read a first hand set of opinions on hunting.
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