Growing up, I didn't know anyone who hunted. Hunters, I figured, were probably just barbaric gun nuts. Then, eight years ago, I moved from Manhattan to rural Oregon, to write for a small newspaper. My perspective shifted when I began interviewing hunters for my articles and realized that although I had long considered myself an environmentalist, these hunters    most of whom scoffed at the "E" word    were more knowledgeable and thoughtful about animals and nature than I was.Eventually, I decided to buy a gun and join them. But don't worry, I'm still an environmentalist, loud and proud.

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