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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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Hunting Hennepin’s Windblown Bottom

Hunting Hennepin’s Windblown Bottom

(p.87) 12 Hunting Hennepin’s Windblown Bottom
Frog Pond Philosophy

Strachan Donnelley

, Ceara Donnelley, Bruce Jennings
University Press of Kentucky

Periodic duck-hunting trips were a staple of the Donnelley family when the author was growing up near Hennepin, Illinois. A detailed reminiscence of that experience in this chapter provides the gateway to a meditation on the question of why human beings find it so difficult to see themselves as members of a biotic community and to follow Aldo Leopold’s land ethic of respect and care for that community. The author concludes that in duck hunting as a boy he encountered deep-time, well-honed predator instincts, interests, and satisfactions. He was engaged in predator-prey relations that psychologically and behaviorally bound him to natural landscapes. As a result, for the rest of his life he has recognized his “aboriginal” membership in historically deep, biotic communities.

Keywords:   duck hunting, Aldo Leopold, land ethic, deep time

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