Truth be told, I didn’t quite know what to make of this group of hippie-like “hunters.” They certainly are unlike any hunting party most of us have ever seen before.
It’s a little hard to tell if these folks are serious or if they are just dabblers stepping into the world of hunting for its current fad appeal.
Like hipsters who superficially latch onto vintage fashion styles and traditional ways of living, I wonder if the self-dubbed “Bike Collective” is embracing hunting for its very real longterm lifestyle benefits or if they’re just pursuing it as a momentary curiosity.
Not that it really matters, but I hope it’s the former.
There’s no denying that this group of friends look and sound nothing at all like the kind of hunters most of us are familiar with. They seem very much like fish out of water in their communal caribou hunt in Alaska’s Clearwater Creek Controlled Use Area.
But to be fair, nobody looks or sounds experienced when they are not, well, experienced. Everyone starts out as a newbie in every activity.
They appear to be eager to learn and certainly are willing to engage in the physical demands of biking and hiking into a wilderness area, harvesting their own sustenance, and getting their hands bloody in processing the animal. They also embrace that age-old tradition of hunters sharing the kill with friends and family.
So here’s wishing the Bike Collective gang good hunting, and success and happiness in joining the hunting fraternity.
What is your opinion?