Harvest vs Kill and Firearm vs Weapon

I just finished reading an article on the QDMA site and it gave me a call to action.  I am very involved with the Texas Youth Hunting Program here in Texas and we have to be very careful with the words we use because the kids and their parent(s), guardians are listening.  In addition, the public is looking for ways to make us look bad.  As a result, we have taken the word “kill” and “weapon” out of our vocabulary.  We “kill” something we no longer want, like a bug, insect or enemy.  We “harvest” things that we eat, like meat (venison), vegetables, fish and such.  This sounds simple, but it makes a big difference in how we are perceived, agree?

The word “weapon” is a military term used to describe the tool needed to “kill” the enemy, whereas, a firearm, gun or rifle is used to “harvest” the animals we enjoy hunting.  Does this make sense?  If people are using weapons to kill animals then they are not sportsmen and give us all a bad name.

What do you think?


About bebeebill

I have a passion for the great outdoors. I love to take kids hunting for the first time. I broker Texas ranches in between.
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