On this Independence Day, we at OHUB want to share some of the outdoor freedoms we are grateful for in the United States of America. If you look at modern politics and finance and the current situation in this country, there is much that is murky and negative. It can sometimes be almost too much to bear. Just like stepping outside and recreating yourself, taking the time to be grateful can help you focus on the bigger picture of the freedoms we have, and we have quite a few that we do for can be grateful.
Outdoor freedoms to be thankful for
From the editor:
#1: Our natural resources
One of the most repressive notions of pre-revolutionary America was that natural resources – and most of the land – belonged to royalty and the gentry. Here in America, wildlife is considered the property of the general public. Granted, it’s an imperfect system. Sure, state and federal agencies manage this public resource, including trees and forage on public lands, and some of us (hunters, fishermen, and gun owners) pay far more than our fair share for this management, while other users don’t pay much at all. Sure, sometimes wildlife and wildlife area management is clumsy or wrong, but the overarching concept that wildlife and wildlife areas are a resource for all is something to be thankful for.
I have hunted and fished in a few other countries and the culture of vast tracts of land and animals still owned by the nobility and ruling political class is still the norm. We are grateful for the freedom to hunt, fish, farm, and be in the great outdoors in America without asking permission from the king.
#2: The second change
The Second Amendment to the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution guarantees us the right to own and bear arms. We know that the reason we have the Second Amendment has nothing to do with hunting or outdoor recreation. It anchors us as a means of defending ourselves, our family and our country. However, without the Second Amendment, massive barriers would stand in the way of our access to all types of hunting and fishing technology. “Weapons” can include anything from a club to a rifle. We owe great thanks to our founding fathers for putting this right into the Constitution, for without them we could not guarantee weapons to effectively and quickly harvest game, or to defend ourselves and our families in the wilderness out there.
#3: The American outdoor industry
We’re grateful for the innovators, visionaries, and manufacturers who strive to improve outdoor gear and bring the best possible products to America. This goes double for companies that create American jobs in the outdoor industry and whose products are 100% made in the USA, like Henry USA, whose motto is “Made in America, or not made at all”. From your underwear to your ATV, there are Americans out there working hard to improve your outdoor experience.
#4: Outdoor Pioneers:
From the hardy people who crossed the Bering Strait to the homesteaders of today, we are grateful for those who came before us and passed on the knowledge of how to survive and thrive in nature. Hunters, explorers, trappers, farmers, and homesteaders scraped their existence from scratch and learned their lessons well if they wanted to live. From tools and weapons to all the crafts and techniques to turn solar energy into food, we’re grateful for the hard-learned lessons and knowledge base of those who came before us.
From Morgan Rogue:
“I’m thankful for all the wild edibles that are made available in the great outdoors.” Morgan knows a thing or two about maximizing wild food resources, check out her articles on the subject:
10 ways to grow food in any space
Eat wild plants! – How to safely feed wild edibles
Top 5 wild plants you can use to make flour
From Nicolas Lenze:
“I’m thankful for the connection I feel when I’m in the middle of nature. It’s like pushing the reset button on my soul.”
Rusty S. is currently a writer for OutdoorHub who has decided not to write a short bio at this time.