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Is it normal for nurses to enjoy hunting??

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by Chando Chando (New) New

Look I am not a nurse yet I have about a year left in my program and god willing I can sit for the NCLEX. However, I love hunting and fishing do you guys enjoy Hunting or fishing and do you ever have time to go??

DavidFR, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in Oncology, ID, Hepatology, Occy Health. Has 35 years experience.

I personally find the thought of hunting revolting. I was taken rabbit hunting once as a small child and didn't enjoy it. I eat meat and I have no qualms about animals being killed for food, but I do believe it should be done as humanely as possible and I'm all for free-range, compassionate farming and quick, stunned slaughter. Chasing and hunting animals for fun doesn't float my boat.

I have been fishing once. The most boring afternoon of my life.

I'm not quite sure I get the premise of your question. It's surely normal for all nurses and non-nurses to have a wide range of hobbies and interests. Some of us will be into hunting and fishing and some of us not. Can you enlighten us as to why you make the connection with nursing and it being "normal" or otherwise for nurses? I'm afraid I just don't get where you're coming from.

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You answered the question I just was wondering if it was in the realm of a social norm within the field and what hobbies do you enjoy??

As being a caretaker or healer I was wondering if it is mostly fround on by most nurses.

Growing up in a Budweiser Nascar kinda family, I hated it growing up too. However, I went to a survival school later on in life and found those skills important. I feel sorrow for the animal, but I find it respectful because understanding death and what the animal goes through is important to understand that meat and life aren't something that can be so easily purchased.

amoLucia

Specializes in retired LTC.

Many of us have our particular favorite past-times. I see NO reason why hunting and/or fishing couldn't be one of them. I see it as no different than someone who favors auto racing or pro sports following.

There are some nurses here who are serious outdoors aficionados.

DavidFR, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in Oncology, ID, Hepatology, Occy Health. Has 35 years experience.

2 hours ago, Chando said:

Growing up in a Budweiser Nascar kinda family, I hated it growing up too. However, I went to a survival school later on in life and found those skills important. I feel sorrow for the animal, but I find it respectful because understanding death and what the animal goes through is important to understand that meat and life aren't something that can be so easily purchased.

I'm not sure one needs to go hunting to have an appreciation "that meat and life aren't something that can be so easily purchased." as you put it.

In the developed world most of us don't need to hunt for food since we have access to supermarkets, food stores, online shopping etc. Anybody concerned about animal welfare can support organisations such as Compassion in World Farming

https://www.ciwf.com/

and can do their bit to only buy free-range meat, certified cruelty-free products etc. as I personally do, and if they really object to even the very concept of killing for food they can become vegetarian or vegan. You seem to be putting forward an argument for not going hunting.

I think of fox hunts, stag hunts and the like and that's people chasing petrified animals and killing them for fun. Not my idea of entertainment. 

As for survival skills, well, I live in a developed western nation and I'm not planning on heading off on some "Into The Wild" expedition any time soon. Survival skills for me are probably more along the lines of learning to cross the street properly and not getting killed running for the bus as I nearly did this evening.  

If you get a kick out of chasing and killing animals, say so. It's your right while it remains legal and I may disagree with you but I won't judge you for your choices. However the argument that one should hunt "to understand that meat and life aren't something that can be so easily purchased" is a stone that doesn't fly I'm afraid. 

hppygr8ful, ASN, RN, EMT-I

Specializes in Psych, Addictions, SOL (Student of Life). Has 19 years experience.

I'm not a guy but I like to hunt and fish and go whenever I get the chance. I not into small game and my bird dog went blind and is retired. Though she still get excited when she hears me get the guns. As far as large game goes I have hunted deer, elk and bear but haven't gone after big game in a couple of years. There really isn't much to shoot at in So Cal.

I do love to fish and am currently working on catching a really big catfish. I enjoy eating fresh trout and steelhead but will mostly catch and release. 

I'll get back to you on this David FR. It's finals week. I must turn on my coal-powered computer and take the horses to the drinking hole my entire town makes use of. Another day in the life of a simple non westernized folk. "little house on the prairie music playing in the background." You made some excellent points; let me ponder them to give you a more educated response. I assure you I didn't miss your points, and I apologize for bringing up any traumatic memories.

DavidFR, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in Oncology, ID, Hepatology, Occy Health. Has 35 years experience.

3 hours ago, Chando said:

I'll get back to you on this David FR. It's finals week. I must turn on my coal-powered computer and take the horses to the drinking hole my entire town makes use of. Another day in the life of a simple non westernized folk. "little house on the prairie music playing in the background." You made some excellent points; let me ponder them to give you a more educated response. I assure you I didn't miss your points, and I apologize for bringing up any traumatic memories.

LOL.

No worries. not traumatised at all and it's good to debate these things.

Good luck with the finals. 

Tweety, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Trauma, Ortho, Neuro, Cardiac. Has 29 years experience.

One of the good things about nursing is the 12 hour shifts and having four days off a week.

You can do some creative scheduling and get days off for hunting and fishing trips really easily.   I work every other weekend and every other weekend I have a four day weekend off.  If I take only two vacation days (24 hours PTO), I get nine days off.

Because of covid and the nursing shortage I'm working an extra day a week (and getting a bonus after six weeks of doing so), but still get three days off. 

I personally don't enjoy hunting and fishing, but enjoy other hobbies.  Nursing can be exhausting and the 12 hour days long, but finding time for ourselves and our hobbies, rather than sit in front of the TV, games and the phone is essential I think.  Although there some times that time in front of the TV  doing nothing is essential too.  

Good luck with everything!

One thing I realized very quickly as I went into the nursing world is that there is no average nurse.

Of course there are nurses who love to hunt and fish! and others who play in bands. or rock climbing. or nascar. or anything else people enjoy.

We normally only work 3 days a week (in a hospital) also, which leaves a lot of time for hobbies.

I used to hunt and fish quite a bit myself when I was younger but just have other priorities in life right now.

Nurses are just people, and like any other group of people, you'll find a huge array of personality types, backgrounds, and interests. The only hobby that might be contraindicated for a nurse would be serial killing.

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