Are Hunters Athletes?
By: Cass Via Jr.
EvoOutdoors Team Member
Today more and more hunters are referred to as athletes. According to dictionary.com the definition of an athlete is a person trained or gifted in exercises or contests involving physical agility, stamina or strength; A participant in a sport, exercise or game requiring physical skill. The word athlete comes from the Greek “Athlos” which translates to “Contest” to “Task” accomplishments. Humans equate athletes with physical accomplishments relying on strength, stamina, and physical exertion.
By these definitions do you think hunters should be considered athletes? Is the word Athlete tossed around in the hunting industry for marketing purposes? Does it depend on what type of hunting you do?
Take Cameron Hanes and T-Bone Turner for example. Cameron Hanes earned his stripes in the hunting industry by his training regimes to become the ultimate predator for his back country archery hunts. T-Bone Turner, one of the most respected hunters in the industry, earned his stripes in the hunting business by winning many state titles and a world championship through target archery. Both very different hunters made it to the top because they work hard and have a passion for the outdoors and the animals they pursue to feed their families. Should both be considered athletes, why or why not?
Are hunters out West more athletic than hunters in other regions? Do you have to be in better shape to handle the terrain out West? There are professional athletes; baseball players, basketball players, football players, that wouldn’t last one day in the wilderness and these individuals are considered the greatest athletes of our time. Do hunters have their own style of athleticism?
Today, I consider myself an athlete because of the things I do outside of hunting to make me a better and a more successful hunter.