The Bay Area in California seems a long way away in more ways than just distance. I knew I was experiencing a different way of thinking when I saw a promo on the billboard for Boomtown Casino in Reno. They were offering a free camouflage hunter’s hat with the shrimp and Bud $1.00 meal.
As we drove on Hi way 50 a few hours into our journey to New Mexico we came to Miners Town, Nevada. The way they celebrate October there is to have the “Pumpkin Blast”. They set up pumpkins for target shooting and participants get awards depending on skill and distance. Ander thought this could be a great new offering for the HMB Pumpkin Festival in California.
We spent the night in Milford, Nevada. There they had flyers up for the upcoming “Deer Hunter’s Ball.” Do you think they wear tuxedos and gowns to this or buckskin?
What all this says to me is that guns and hunting is much more a way of life in other parts of the country. What we Californian urbanites would consider really unPC – guns, camo clothing, and hunting, is a-okay in some places. I’m not saying that is wrong because perhaps there is an overpopulation of deer and the hunters are providing a service to their environment or they could be just putting food on their families’ tables.
I have to say I still felt a bit queasy though, when we came face to face with a dead deer, bleeding from it’s mouth, laying in the bed of the pick-up in front of us. I hope the hunters have a better reason to kill this beautiful animal than just for the fun of it.