Child development is a pyramid, not a race. If we rush children through the early stage of enjoying beautiful pictures and great stories together, they won't be as likely to develop their own rich visual imagery.
We've actually seen the opposite hold true in developing nations, where picture books (or story books) remain a crucial tool in laying a solid foundation for literacy and life-long learning among children.
Hunting has a brutal side. Crippled birds not found. Blood trails and gut piles. Shooting accidents (my family has had its tragedies). It soon became clear to me as I wrote: tell the truth or stay home.