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August 27, 2008

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Chad Love: Shotguns for the Soul

Chad Love has reported for the likes of People Magazine, but he tired of stalking B-list celebrities and decided to spend more time hunting, fishing and reporting here on the absurdity of a culture that's lost touch with the land.

Your job's being relocated to Bangladesh, the balance on your credit card bill would make Paris Hilton look frugal, and your house is now worth about as much as three tanks of gas, which is what the monstrous SUV in your driveway burned in one week of commuting to the job you used to have.

Sounds like a good time to spend that economic stimulus check. On a new TV.

This story on Salon.com says sales of new televisions jumped 28 percent in the second quarter of this year. That translates into 9.3 million sets, all bathing their new owners in the warm, comforting glow of self-delusion.

But just look at this picture quality! You can actually see Lebron's nosehairs as he goes up for another dunk. This thing is incredible! And it's mine! At least until the foreclosure goes through.

Wasting time seems to have become our main pastime. We desperately need to hit the off button, get outside and make our own reality, but it seems most of us prefer to watch someone else's. High definition, digitally-enhanced surround-sound apathy is still just that - apathy. I don't claim that hunting and fishing will solve our economic problems, but as a stimulus for actually giving a damn about the state of our world there simply isn't a better way to clear the media fog we all seem to be stumbling through.

Perhaps instead of an economic stimulus check we would have been better served by a "soul stimulus check" that could only be used to purchase items that will do us good and make us start caring again.

That's why when I do decide to pull a little bit of my check out the sock it's stuffed into, that money will go to something that will enhance my life rather than consume and control it. Like, say, a new shotgun.



Excellent post. I'm taking what little money I have and investing in an elk hunt this fall in Montana, where I hope very much to be around nothing electronic but a GPS and a watch for a few days. The last television I owned left with my ex and I have not much interest in a new one (TV, that is).


I thought you were going to say wife. Well that's what I would have said anyway.
I would love to have invested in a hunt, new shotgun, or a bow. However, I had to spend mine on paying down debt and stocking up on food. I would love to have a big screen HD TV to watch Buckmasters and American Gundog on but getting out of debt and feeding my family is way more important.

Mike Diehl

Not being the type who can afford a Purdy, I'll set my sights on a nice Weatherby or Ruger side by side.


ATV are misused BIG TIME!!! they go to areas that they should not be they are used to harass wildlife and promote the lazy art of unethical hunting and pursuit of big game. ATV's should be banned from all forest and public land. period..... the other matter is dirt bikes... because of their limited width... there are areas that they can go into that they should not.... each state could regulate this misuse by awarding point for turning in atv users that travel into areas that they should not be in.... with a licence on the vehicle a hunter could turn that individual in and secure "points" for preferential picks on big game hunting units... The system for poachers works well here in Colorado.... lets put it in place for ATV's.... Just so you know I have been attempting to get Colorado to do this for over 10 years.... I guess the lobbyist from all the ATV's co's win every year and our public land, habitat and wildlife loses!!! I walk in every day hunting over 3 miles get off your ass and WALK!!!

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