Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Pheasants
Gary A. Musselman
Wed, 7 Apr 1999 09:26:30 EDT
Nicholas J. Henshue asked about the butchering and cooking of some pheasants
in support of a pioneer days campout. Should he be squeamish?
Poses some interesting questions. First, I would not concern myself with the
"cult" question. The circumstances and purpose and, I assume, the procedures
followed would give lie to any associaiton with "dark rituals."
I, too, see a need for Scouts (and a lot of other people) to understand that
once-upon-a-time people didn't go to the supermarket for everything they ate.
One-upon-a-time, things were mcuh more hands-on and needs were more
difficult to satisfy. Instant gratification was not nearly as available.
People also should bridge the mental gap they have between "Oh, you can't
shoot Bambi" or "Look how cute 'Bossy' is" and chomping on a roast at the
dinner table. People feel their hands are clean as long as what they eat is
packaged in styrofoam and clear wrap. Clearly, chopping heads off and
plucking feathers (both of which I have done many times) bridges that gap.
On the other hand, times do change. Some of the good old days weren't really
all that good and returning is a concept that needs study. Are your Scouts
ready for the blood and the action? What will the effect be - in addtion to
seeing how folks did in the olden days - on the boys? When I first "did" a
chicken, it was after growing up seeing it done. Don't know how I would have
felt if I had been thrust into not one, but several. Maybe, for your
purposes, one would suffice....
This probably raised more questions than it answered. Good luck.