I dunno, maybe its a silly question. For me, it would have been in the early 1950's when I was quite small. I can remember watching a hunting program on a small, fuzzy, black and white TV. I was absolutely mesmerized while watching a pheasant hunt even though I barely understood what they were doing. While still small, I would get extremely excited when family members would go out hunting and I could barely contain my excitement until they returned with exciting stories and beautiful game animals for me to inspect. When I finally did get old enough to hunt, I would be too excited to sleep the night before the hunt. I loved it all- dove, quail, duck, squirrel, and best of all- deer hunting. I planned my life around hunting. The fall and winter was for hunting- not football. College was postponed because it took too much time away from hunting. It took a long time to finish schooling between hunting seasons. The women that I dated had to understand that I might be away for extended periods of time during hunting season. It took a while but I finally found a real keeper. We have been happily married for 30 years. My only relief from hunting fever has been fishing...particularly bass fishing. So....sometimes people ask me why I like to hunt. At first, I would be puzzled at such an audacious question. Now, I just reply that I don't understand why someone would NOT want to hunt! I could go on and on about 40+ years of hunting, but, how about you? When did you realize that you are a hunter?