Thrillist: Big Buck Hunter Championship & Gun Violence
"The first time I killed a deer, I cut out its heart and bit into it while it was still warm. I was 12 years old. The deer, too, was a child, thin with tiny antlers. I felled it with a .30-06, my dad’s gun, which he passed over to me upon spotting the deer across the clearing. I took aim and shot it in the neck. As we stood over its lifeless body, my psychotic uncle put his fingers in the dead deer's blood and smeared it on my cheeks like war paint. He then told me to cut out the heart and take a bite. That was the tradition, he said. After I bit into it, blood running down my chin, he told me I was a real hunter now. It was first and the last deer I ever killed."
Written by David Hill for Thrillist. Full article can be viewed here.