John's CDT
Friday, September 10, 2004
The Cost That Dare Not Speak Its Name

I overheard something today in the Encampment post office that confirmed something I'd long suspected. A woman talking with another woman said that she figured out with all the gear, ATV, etc., that her husband brings home elk meat that costs $600 per pound.

The other woman acknowledged a similar observation, then they both said, "But it's best not to bring that up at home." They'd shared a cost that dare not speak its name.

The first woman went on to say that the cost per pound really doesn't change since there's something new to buy every season. This may not be news to most of you, but to this man from a non-hunting family, it's clearing up misconceptions. I was raised believing that people hunted because they needed the food. Clearly the hunters I see with all the gear are hobbyist, not hungry. It seems strange to have a hobby of killing things, but again, it's probably just how I was raised.

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