In the 2010-2011 Alaska Hunting Regulations, I was struck by a section of the letter that Corey Rossi, the Director of the Division of Wildlife Conservation, wrote.
“First and foremost, we as a society are losing our connection with the land.”
~Stop. Think about that.
Ok, to continue…
“For many, the importance of open space, abundant fish and wildlife populations and clean water and air are being displaced by modern conveniences and access to the latest technology. Such a trend can lead to apathy toward the things that we hunters hold dear and can lead to a misunderstanding of the importance of a healthy natural world to our quality of life. Although this trend may be less apparent in Alaska than in other states, we are not immune to its detrimental effects.”
Hunter or not, I cannot imagine a world that this great wilderness and all the wild places on our planet do not exist.
The children, playing hide and seek, cowboys and Indians, and other wonderful fantasies that the forests and wooded areas spark inside of our young ones. Photographers, couples walking hand in hand through the light dappled by the wind moving the trees above.
The wonderful feeling of riding a horse through the wilderness as his steady gait takes you further and easier to places you will discover. The uniqueness of his steps, so familiar to the wild critters that live here too, don’t frighten or warn those critters back into hiding, and giving you the opportunities to see and photograph the amazing animals that you come across.
My next thought, is what about survival skills? Who will teach people to safely navigate these wild places and how to survive…. if there are none?
Ok, if there are no wild places, no wild animals, why should anyone learn to survive?
This in turn, reminded me of something else I had read recently by J. Wayne Fears in his book, The Complete Book of Outdoor Survival.
“Why should anyone learn survival skills? This is the 21st Century. Survival training is no longer necessary.”
Well, Mr. Fears has his opinions of this statement, and shares them in his book. My own are similar and with the passage of time that overtakes all of us with its changes and progress, I stand aside full of worry.
Are we capable of survival, of surviving, if the phone you pick up has no dial tone or the internet fails, the lights don’t turn on with the flick of a switch, water doesn’t appear like magic from a faucet, with choices in temperature? What will happen if the gas stations are empty or the groceries aren’t delivered to the stores that sell them? What happens when there really isn’t any money?
Whether or not anything “happens” at the end of 2012, making a good living at this point in time has become increasingly difficult and for many, it has already become an issue of survival.
Food and shelter are the first two needs for survival. Hunting, fishing, scavenging and foraging are skills necessary for food, thus survival.
Shelter. You need to be able to escape Nature’s hand as well. Can you make fire if your Bic runs dry? How will you stay warm? How will you cook food to survive on?
These are only a few points of the Survival & Guide Training covered. Yes, we do have the horses, but what if someone is lost and hurt? No sane human sets out thinking to himself, “today would be a great day to get lost and hurt.” So the worst happened. Are you capable of making the right decisions? Pioneer Outfitters will give you the skills and sharpen what you bring, so that you not only can make the right decisions, you will.
Are you ready to do something, bigger than even you hoped? Are you determined to be ready, when the time comes, because it does to us all, to be the one that leads the way? To do something that has been part of our history and future, from the start?