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site is dedicated to the memory of my wife Shirley, who loved hunting even more
than I do, as well as to all who enjoy hunting, shooting, and the outdoors lifestyle.
This site is a chronicle of our, and our friends adventures in the outdoors. (This
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Welcome to Steve Mahurins, AKA The Marksman's Website!
Nature provides all living creatures with the necessary things for their survival.
Those necessary items are food, water, habitat, and the urge to reproduce themselves.
Nature has it all, in her diverse ecology. But man in his arrogance and interference
can change all of that.
Mother Nature is not the soft, furry, beautiful
thing that the uninformed would lead you to believe. Nature can show it's wondrous
and beautiful side with it's mountains, plains, and diverse waterways. But Nature
can also be a cruel, unforgiving, taskmaster.
Animals in nature live
by instinct alone. Weather and habitat conditions are all that stand between life,
and death for any animal, bird, or insect. Mans incursion into and destruction
of that habitat starts a chain of events that without further intervention of
a positive nature by mankind will nearly always start a downward spiral that is
twice as hard to stop, before irreversible damage is done. Denizens of forest,
field, and sky must have enough room for feeding, procreation, and to escape its
If not, then there will be a loss of life and a dwindling
of overall numbers of that species. That demise is seldom quick, painless, nor
humane. I don't know about you but I have seen the results of that loss of habitat
and over population. Picture Mother Nature this way. Dozens or maybe hundreds
of deer, with their skeletons nearly outside their skins, stumbling around suffering
the effects of starvation and disease caused by loss of habitat and overpopulation,
just waiting for the end of a slow painful death to occur. The Bible says that
man shall have dominion over the beasts of the field and the fowls of the skies.
Man can do good or he can do bad with this stewardship.
Bad would be
removing thousands of acres of habitat from the animal's realm. Good would be
the humane management of any species through adding lands back into its environment
and the scientific cropping by hunting of a necessary number of animals or birds
from any given species. This hunting while serving a scientific necessity, also
gives modern man or woman a recreational break from the everyday pace of modern
society, as well as pouring millions of dollars into the economy.
way or another Mother Nature will always, eventually balance the books of nature
and not always, in fact seldom, in the clean, clinical, painless way that many
would like to believe. You cannot stockpile animals or birds or any other species,
because Mother Nature just will not allow it.
Written by Steve Mahurin
on August 19, 2000.