Zombies, zombies, zombies. It's no secret that public fascination with the un-dead has been on the rise. I won't spend time pointing out the numerous zombie-isms that have been popping up lately, but I will take a moment of your day in the spirit of Halloween (I think zombies are much more exciting than pumpkins) to ask a thought-provoking question that should hit home with my fellow hunters:
If humanity suddenly fell victim to a zombie takeover, would you continue to hunt deer? Why? (Answer this question in the comments box below. I'll choose my favorite response this Friday and the winner will score a five-pack of VisiColor Zombie Targets from Champion Traps & Targets.)
I, too, have been bitten by the zombie craze ... which is where that question stems from. I don't watch much TV, but I recently stumbled upon "The Walking Dead" series on A&E. The second season just began, and I'm totally a fan.
Carl, a young character in the series, walks up to a stunning white-tailed buck in full velvet during the first episode (watch the video here, or see the photo below). Unfortunately, a hunter named Otis shoots the buck in a direct line with Carl, causing a life-threatening injury to Carl. Otis didn't pay attention to one of the Golden Rules of Gun Safety: "Be sure of your target and what is beyond it." But that's not my focus in this blog post.
It's unclear if Otis was trophy hunting for big bucks, or if he was simply trying to provide for his family and lucked upon the bruiser buck. Regardless, he's clearly a die-hard deer hunter if he's hunting during a zombie invasion ... and that's cool.