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The Culture of Hunting in Canada

The Culture of Hunting in Canada covers elements of the history of hunting from the pre-colonial period until the present in all parts of Canada and features essays by practitioners and scholars of hunting and by pro- and anti-hunting lobbyists. The result crosses the boundaries between scholarship and personal reflection, and between academia and advocacy. Topics include hunting identities; conservation and its relationship to hunting; tensions between hunters and non-hunters and between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal hunting groups; hunting ethics; debates over hunting practices and regulations; animal rights; and gun control. This book makes an unprecedented contribution to the study of hunting in Canada and its role in our culture.

288 pages

Table of Contents




Part 1: Hunting and Identity

1 Why I Hunt / Leigh Clarke

2 Learning to Hunt at the Age of Twenty-Seven: A New Hunter’s Views on Hunting / Jason E. McCutcheon

3 Hunting with Dad / Robert Sopuck

4 Hunting Stories / Peter Kulchyski

5 The Empire’s Eden: British Hunters, Travel Writing, and Imperialism in Nineteenth-Century Canada / Greg Gillespie

6 Powers of Liveness: Reading Hornaday’s Camp-Fires / Mark Simpson

Part 2: Hunting and Conservation in History

7 Views of a Swampy-Cree Elder on the Spiritual Relationship between Hunters and Animals / Louis Bird and Roland Bohr

8 “When the Need for It No Longer Existed”: Declining Wildlife and Native Hunting Rights in Ontario, 1791-1898 / David Calverley

9 Contested Terrains of Space and Place: Hunting and the Landscape Known as Algonquin Park, 1890-1950 / Jean L. Manore

10 The Sinews of Their Lives: First Nations’ Access to Resources in the Yukon, 1890-1950 / Kenneth Coates

11 The Canadian Wildlife Service: Enforcing Federal Wildlife Regulations / J. Alexander Burnett

Part 3: Hunting and Contemporary Challenges

12 Aboriginal Peoples and Their Historic Right to Hunt: A Reasonable Symbiotic Relationship / Bruce W. Hodgins

13 Personal Expression as Exemplified by Hunting: One Man’s View / Edward Reid

14 Gun Control in Canada / Simon Wallace

15 A Hunter’s Perspective on Gun Control in Canada / Dale Miner

16 The Activists Move West: Recent Experiences in Manitoba / Tim Sopuck

17 Fair Chase: To Where Does It Lead? / Edward Hanna




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