Jackson Landers is back in town with a Slow Food event this Saturday from 1-4pm. This is for anyone who wants to learn about hunting for locavores, but doesn’t have the time or money to travel to Virginia for a full weekend. I went to this a couple months ago, and I highly recommend it. You’ll learn a lot even if you don’t plan on hunting in the near future.
I also asked Jackson about my recent link to cattle and deer tending to align north-south. Like always, he had a few sharp thoughts. The ability to sense the magnetic field may be correct, but there might be other associated explanations, such as wind direction:
"I’d like to see them line up that data with the direction of the wind and see if there is a correlation. It is advantageous to face into the wind while feeding, and certainly whitetails are known to favor bedding down facing into the wind. Given the fact that our magnetic poles are aligned more or less with our rotational poles that produce cold air, I think that they really need to make sure that this isn’t just a response to wind rather than magnetic alignment per se.
Broadly, I would expect some slight variation around the world depending on proximity to mountain ranges if wind is figuring into it. For example, in North America we are exceptionally prone to winds from the north because our major mountain ranges run from north to to south and thus allow weather systems to come straight down without anything impeding them. This is actually unusual – Europe and Asia have ranges that run east to west. It is one of the things that makes North America an evolutionary challenge for animals because even in temperate areas they have to be capable of surviving occasional blasts of cold air for weeks on end.
So to test the wind hypothesis, I would look for slight regional variation among animals within a few miles of mountain ranges that go east/west."
I can’t help but point out that a typical vegan or vegetarian would almost never know information like this because they tend to recuse themselves from nature’s working. A typical meat-eater wouldn’t know it either. But a locavore hunter is not only healthy, but also understands how animals think and how nature works.