I noticed the deeper we got into the country, the abundance of wildlife grew, as was the apparent desire to kill it and show it off to all that care to pay attention. In the west hunting, killing and showing off your prize appears to be part of being a man. We had chats with various folk along the way, that described guns and hunting as being a big part of daily life. They are happy to admire a proud deer in the wild just as much as having its head on their wall at home. Being a lover of animals this almost schizophrenic attitude is impossible to comprehend, but then I didn't grow up in the 'American West'.

Simon Hewson ©2011