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Frog Pond PhilosophyEssays on the Relationship Between Humans and Nature$
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Strachan Donnelley, Ceara Donnelley, and Bruce Jennings

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780813167275

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813167275.001.0001

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Wild Turkeys and Old Gobblers

Wild Turkeys and Old Gobblers

Chapter:
(p.73) 10 Wild Turkeys and Old Gobblers
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Frog Pond Philosophy
Author(s):

Strachan Donnelley

, Ceara Donnelley, Bruce Jennings
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813167275.003.0011

This chapter tells the story of a wild turkey hunt that did not go as planned, during a time when the author was staying at his family home in South Carolina on the occasion of his sixty-fifth birthday. A mature male turkey is shot and wounded, and the ethics of hunting require that the animal be followed and killed as humanely as possible. The pursuit turns into a gruelling ordeal, in a bramble patch and a water-filled ditch, for both the bird and the human. What is revealed about humans and nature in this pursuit? Characteristically, no clear answer is forthcoming. Some connection is made: a dance that ended in death for the turkey became a part of the man’s learning.

Keywords:   hunting, humane killing, ethical responsibility of hunters, struggle, self-discovery

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