Studying Hunting

At first, I was intimidated by the closed world of hunters, and when I spoke to some of them, I found out that the best thing I could do was to take the hunter's course myself.

Studying hunting

Hunting laws in Holland require that you take a six-month hunting course before you can apply for a hunting permit.

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The Book

This is the book we had to study, a weighty tome that teaches birds, small game, big game, hunting dogs, hunting law and regulations, horticulture, forestry, animal disease,


Thesis on the Wilderness Experience

In order to better understand hunting, I followed a six-month hunter's education program, and I did a Bachelor in English Language and Culture, writing my thesis on hunting:

Chasing the Wilderness Experience: An Ecocritical Approach to Representations of the Romantic Hunter

is a bachelor thesis centered around the cultural construction of the wilderness experience, and traces the history of the idea from America's first pioneers, back to its roots in Romantic Europe, Medieval Europe, and ancient Greece. It also examines the influence of the frontier myth, the romanticized notion of the pioneer lifestyle. The text culminates in an analysis of modern day hunting literature: Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma and Ted Nugent's cookbook Kill It and Grill It, showing how the constructed image of the Romantic hunter is still at the core of the contemporary hunting experience. For those who are interested, you can download the full thesis here.