Monday, July 2, 2012

Button Bucks Work to Preserve Our Hunting Heritage

There is a disturbing trend occurring across the United States and it is the slowly dwindling population of my hunting brethren. The number of hunters has slid from a peak of 19.1 million in 1975 to 12.5 million in 2011, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This trend is not reserved for the most urban of state as the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) also reports nonresident license sales peaked in 2002 at 30,676 and since then sales have dropped off to a low in 2010 of 17,513 . . . an over 40% drop.

 At some point in the rush of our society to become more “civilized”, we have managed to completely lose all connection to our most basic food sources. When did buying our meat off a Styrofoam plate, wrapped securely in cellophane become more socially acceptable then killing and slaughtering your own animal? It is an unfortunate condition of our society that we have found it necessary to distance ourselves from the realities of where our food comes from in order for us to feel “good” about what we eat. It is important for us as a society to stand against this unfortunate trend and instill in our offspring a love for the bounty of the land and what it is able to provide. The skills and knowledge to successfully hunt, fish, farm and garden must continue to flourish for our society to remain healthy and stay connected to what we eat.

Leading the charge, in this effort to support the introduction of women, novices and ESPECIALLY kids to these traditional outdoor pursuits, is a company called Button Buck. Their mission is to message through their clothing that hunting’s future is in our youth and must be protected!

The company has a huge selection of hats and clothing but my favorites are their T-shirt’s and include: Food Chain Champion, Vegetables are for Deer and Deer Camp Guide. While obviously meant to be humorous, these shirts also send a powerful message that hunting and our other traditional outdoor pursuits are here to stay!

Button Buck clothing is made right here in the good old U.S.A. and constructed of tough 100% cotton, for rugged wear by even the wildest and most savage of little boys and girls. It is immediately apparent that each article of clothing is made with love and affection, as off the rack they are vintage-soft, with screen-printed interior tags to prevent itch . . . always a thorn in the side of the young and old alike! I can also testify that with just light washing their shirts are able to effectively repel stains from Moose Tracks Ice Cream!

Take a kid fishing, introduce them to hunting, show your support by proudly pronouncing your little ones are button bucks and refuse to let our hunting heritage pass into oblivion!

Also find Button Buck on Facebook and Twitter @ButtonBuckKids!


  1. I couldn't agree with you more. When did the idea of killing and cleaning your own animal become taboo? We're losing touch with our roots and becoming more and more reliant upon our local supermarkets. I grew up in New England but have since moved out west to eastern Oregon. I will say that for it's part, the younger generations out here are very involved in their hunting and heritage; maybe we can take that as a beacon of light in an otherwise overcast sea and hope Maine can find a way to turn around the trend.

    1. HH, Thanks a ton for taking the time to comment!

      It is disturbing to me that you cannot walk into a supermarket and see fish with their heads still attached and unfortunate that people think I am nuts with I talk about eating gray squirrel, rabbit and other game animals.

      I do not see this as a trend that will be easy to "turn around" it instead my be simply the new normal. When I look back to my Grandfathers generation and the amount of time they invested exploring the woods and waters and basking in all the great outdoors has to offer it makes me concerned to see just how much change has occurred.

      Pockets still exist where kids still ride bikes, play in parks, camp, hike, hunt and fish. It must be with these individuals that time is spent nurturing their "outside" interests so that future generations can have a taste for what once was.

      Take care!

    2. Then it is without doubt, I am seriously uneasy about the new normal. Perhaps the younger generation and their connection to our electronics will lead them to blogs like this and if not change them immediately, challenge them to think a bit and travel beyond the confines of their suburban neighborhoods.

      However, this is based on the idea that there is still great weight in the written word. Am I foolish to think so? Let's hope not.


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