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Hemingway Adventure

Big Sky, Montana

Big Sky, Montana, USA 
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Pre-hunting breakfast at the Corral Bar. The men talk of the liberties and responsibilities of the hunter. They are not just trophy-hunting, they believe you should eat and use everything you kill. This obviously doesn't apply to the plate in the foreground.
Michael Palin - Hemingway AdventureThey seem to enjoy the risks. They tell stories of being bitten in the thigh by grizzly bears and charged by buffalo, as if these were what made the whole thing worth while.

They believe it’s important to make use of what they kill. One of them thinks that you should have to prove you’re going to eat the animal before you’re allowed to hunt it, which seems quite reasonable to me. Up here where winter lasts six months of the year, people need the meat and the livelihood that comes from hunting. Nothing of the elk they kill is wasted, even the antlers are sold to Korea for what they call, possibly euphemistically, vitamin supplement.

The other element is that of tradition. Though two or three of these hunters are old Californian hippies, they do regard the shouldering of the gun as tapping in to a great American tradition and an even greater universal tradition. As one puts it, they see themselves as part of ‘the cycle of life in the mountains’.
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  • Series: Hemingway Adventure
  • Chapter: Big Sky, Montana
  • Country/sea: USA
  • Place: Big Sky, Montana
  • Book page no: 239

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