Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner: Let The Deer Be

My Dad’s family moved around because Grandpa was a Pastor and at times, Grandpa chose to accept a call to a different congregation in the country. My Grandpa taught his boys to hunt. I can’t say whether or not my Uncle D would have taught his sons to hunt because he died when his boys were still young. 

But my Uncle K has taught his sons. I feel speechless when I see pictures of my barely adult cousins, standing on top of a buck’s corpse, proudly. My Dad never hunted much when his children came along, but my family was the recipient of meat from hunted animals when I was younger.

There are few reasons I see for hunting. I think the only valid reasons are if a predator is a danger to humans or if an animal population is overpopulated and a danger to the ecosystem of an area. But for sport or fun . . .we have grocery stores now, let the wild animals be.

One of the scariest times I can remember was sleeping in my one Uncle D’s basement. My eldest brother and I slept in a room and there were dead animals all around us. There was a giant grizzly bear rug on the floor and deer heads on the wall. There were other deer-like animal heads on the wall too. Their fake eyes stared at me throughout the night and I could not sleep, “You lookin, at me?” I wondered.

I was young, but it makes me think now, what need have we to kill these creatures.Why hunt if not for survival. I know I’m a city girl but it seems to me at times, our inner caveman comes out and forgets it’s modern times — let the deer be.




Thanks to Roger Shipp for hosting Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner.


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19 thoughts on “Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner: Let The Deer Be”

  1. Ah, as a hunter myself, I could never kill for sport. I only take what I need for food and the rest I leave to roam this beautiful world. Meats in grocery stores have are hormone ad dye induced specimens made to look good. Free range meats are very expensive so for guys like me, who have limited budgets, hunting is our only option.

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    1. I can understand that. You need the meat for food. I think we have some Native Reserves where people hunt and they are also using the meat as food. But I also think, there are people who hunt and they don’t need the food, they are doing it for sport. Such as that Dentist who killed the Lion in the news a few months ago.
      Thanks for your comments 🙂

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      1. You are so very true. I see waste all around me and it really bothers me because there are so many people int he world going hungry. And as for poachers who kill beautiful creatures like lions, rhinos, elephants, well i have my opinions as to what should happen to them. 🙂

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  2. I totally understand hunting for food, but agree with hunting for sport. In our house, it’s understood that if we were to kill an animal, it’s to eat and not for fun. As a result, I’m careful not to hit any cats, squirrels, or rabbits in our neighborhood! 😉 Great thoughts — thanks for sharing!

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  3. Except for survival. I guess I’m a suburban boy, and my story would be from that perspective. I think deer are beauty, and their power in motion is grace enfleshed.

    When I first read “Their fake eyes stared,” I mistakenly saw “Their eyes fake-stared,” as if by day these creatures only looked like trophies. At night, they and their eyes came alive. Sorry–still in a zone from reading the quotation by Stephen King.

    Great narrative, Mandi Belle! (There’s a paddle-wheeler showboat docked in Cincinnati called The River Queen. I imagine your name would make a fine signifier for an elegantly designed and tailored steamship.)

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    1. Thank you Christopher. It’s a nick-name my Dad called me when I was a girl. I’m glad you agree with the no-hunting view except for certain valid reasons. I guess I should add in some cases if you need the food and are actually eating the whole animal, I suppose that is fine. Most people I think, can go to a grocery store. Yes, the dears eyes do seem more terrible at night. It gave me nightmares.
      Thanks for reading and commenting.


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