Many members proudly wear khaki green shooting range hunting shirts and display the logo of the SAHGCA and their own branches.
Then there are achievements such as Dedicated Hunter and Able Hunter status which they boast accompanied by shooting medals.
Some hunting brothers detest that and the men with their hunting shirts are derided as "in love with themselves"Â�, "braggers"Â�, "egotists"Â� and "swaggerers"Â�.
The question is: can the donning of a shirt really be described as "egotistic or an excess of self-love? They"ll do well to take heed of the words of Shakespeare in Henry IV: "Self-love is not as vile a sin as self-contempt."Â�
Then there are those who don't only tighten their lips and frown on shooting competitions and shooting medals, but also photographs and the mounting of trophies. It supposedly leads to "unhealthy competition"Â� and such people are written off as "boasters"Â�.
I can't help to wonder how they feel about the boxer with his golden belt, the Olympic athlete with his medal and of course the Springbok rugby players fitted out in their green and gold. Are they also "egotistic"Â�? (Who's brave enough to tell that to Bakkies?).
Should shooting medals, trophies and awards not rather be seen in a positive light as encouragement mechanisms? Hunters should be encouraged to regularly attend shooting practices and to be proud of their association with the SAHGC. In the process self-confidence and skills are acquired that do not only lead to hunting happiness, but also to a positive attitude to life.
Now I wonder what the views of my hunting brothers are on this issue...
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