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Outdoor Truths

I have figured out that men will do just about anything in order to feed their need for risk and adventure. Of course, many women will do this as well but overall, it really is men who seem to test the limits of normality. With just a quick online search, one can find examples of those who are doing things from bungee jumping from bridges to those who are using flying suits to soar through a deep valley like a bird. As many of you know, there is even the Olympic venue called the X (extreme) Games. These are made up of men and women once again testing the limits of man and machine. It really does make you wonder who the first to try some of these things was and is he/she even around any longer to see it come to fruition. They remind me of the teacher who leads the course in suicide bombing. He looks at his students and says, “Now watch close, I’m only going to do this once.”

In the hunting and fishing world we have these individuals as well. For instance, who decided that hog hunting would be a lot more exciting if we rushed in on the hog when the dogs had it cornered and stuck it with a knife? And how much was he drinking when he came to this conclusion. The same goes with the fisherman who decided that anyone can catch a catfish with rod and reel. Instead, he decides to reach in the hole where they live and bring them out by hand. All of these are simple examples of those who believe that if you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much room.

Is this normal? I actually think it is. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t think it’s normal to catch fish by hand and hunt hogs with knives, but I do think…

For complete coverage, see the January 20th edition of The Lexington Progress.

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