Buck Fever - A Premature Orgasm
Robert P. McDowell
The urge to hunt in males is so strongly ingrained in male genetics, encoded in his DNA that it is almost as strong as his desire to have sex. The desire to hunt and the urge to have sex are not just somewhat related but are neurologically connected. There is a chemical, neurological process occurring in the male brain when driven to hunt and harvest game animals that uses the same regions of the brain as those used during the period of the sex drive, sex and orgasm. I will show below that the phenomenon known to hunters as ‘Buck Fever’ is in effect a premature orgasm. This hypothesis finds that the hunt drive is not just a desire or want but once initiated is an uncontrollable need, a genetic neuro/physiological activation of the brain forced on man by evolution/god just as is our sex drive. Mother Nature has rewarded man with a very pleasurable physical feeling second only to the intensity of the sex drive because the need to eat and thrive is almost as important as her number one goal of reproduction.
A simple pre-explanation to how this works is that the brain uses some of the same ‘drivers’ to perform similar neuro/physio biological functions much like computers use the same drivers, memory, etc. to perform different tasks. Some of the areas of the brain that contain these ‘drivers’ are the mesodiencephalic transition zone, the precuneus and one that most are familiar with, the cerebellum among others. As you go deeper into the genetic details of individuality you might consider DNA to be the ones and zeros in computing but we are dealing here on a more macro level of human development. A more concise explanation of my findings begins below.
The following paragraphs contain information and excerpts from ‘Brain Activation during Human Male Ejaculation’ about those areas of the brain referred to above. This study only deals with sex but many of the studies findings go to the basis of my hypothesis.
‘Brain Activation during Human Male Ejaculation’ (1)
The mesodiencephalic transition zone which is associated with reward. From the study, “The strongest activation was found in the mesodiencephalic transition zone. On the basis of the limited spatial resolution of the PET technique, it is not possible to distinguish specific brain regions within this area. The activated area at the mesodiencephalic junction comprises the VTA, subparafascicular nucleus, LCTF, and medial and ventral thalamus. The VTA is located ventrally in the activated cluster [the MTZ]. It contains the A10 dopaminergic cell group and plays a crucial role in a wide range of rewarding behaviors.” So we have ‘Dopaminergic’, as in dopamine, the pleasure chemical. Again quoting the study, “Increased activation in the area of the VTA was also seen during cocaine (Breiter et al., 1997) and heroin rush (Sell et al., 1999).
The Precuneus, “activation of the precuneus (BA 31) may be related to visual imagery” which will be important later in the discussion. In the study researchers are quoted as saying…”the activation of the secondary visual cortex (BA 18) seems surprising”. These visual references in their study are important to the conclusions drawn in my own concerning the premature ejaculation, ‘buck fever’ connection and will be explored further in the discussion section.
The Cerebellum, from the study, “Most prominent activation was found in large portions of the cerebellum during ejaculation. It is possible that this activity represents movements made by the volunteers during ejaculation, although these movements were relatively limited. The cerebellum, however, is not only involved in motor but also in emotional processing (Middleton and Strick, 2000). Our results correspond with reports of cerebellar activation during heroin rush (Sell et al., 1999), sexual arousal (Redouté et al., 2000), listening to pleasurable music (Blood and Zatorre, 2001), and monetary reward (Martin-Sölch et al., 2001).” Again as in the mesodiencephalic transition zone, more of that ‘reward’ word which will be discussed in more detail. If listening to music and making money is rewarded, just imagine the intensity of the cerebellum activation mother nature would generate in a mans brain for procuring the life giving substance of food. Please see the full report with additional references at http://www.jneurosci.org/content/23/27/9185.full
For young men who hunt deer their first few times that uncontrollable spasming, bouncing of the leg, what is referred to as Buck Fever is virtually the same as a male premature orgasm. Respondents to informal questioning said almost the same thing had occurred to each of them on their first several hunting occasions when in a seated position in a hunting stand. When a deer comes into the vision of the hunter, most often an antlered deer, the brains sex/hunt drivers go into overdrive. Within a very short period of time, seconds to minutes, they experienced uncontrollable spasms in the left foot causing a bouncing motion of the leg from the toes. The spasm continued for 6 to 10 seconds and just as with a sexual orgasm could not be stopped. This pulsating in the foot is very similar to the pulsating of the penis which facilitates ejaculation of semen. Again, what I conclude is this is virtually the same as a premature orgasm in young men. This is why the ‘visual’ references in the male ejaculation study of the precuneus and cerebellum regions of the brain during sex are so important. The mere sight of a naked woman can bring a virgin male so near to orgasm that a brushing of the penis or just touching the females body can instantly bring on the premature sexual orgasm. The visual again comes into play as the sight of several species of targeted animals is enough to quickly activate the brains complex neurological visual/reward system encompassing several regions of the brain. The intense excitement is too much for the inexperienced hunters previously unused sex/hunt brain centers to handle thus the premature left foot centered orgasm. It may be that holding the weapon is the brains proxy for the penis. This touching may be the trigger for the culmination of the premature hunting orgasm. Would a young man without his weapon in hand have the 'huntgasm'? Further study may be needed on this aspect of the findings. Also, consider the 'wet dream'. There is no touching of the penis. There is the visual of the dream accompanied by a sexual orgasm, ejaculation.
The same neurological processes discussed above relating to sex begin to happen in the hunters brain generating similar neurological and physiological responses. But instead of sending ejaculation signals through the sympathetic nervous system and/or the vagus nerve to the sexual organs the signal branches off to the foot. I have so far concluded this phenomenon is left leg dominant. The nerve roots and the nerves travelling down the body to the penis and the feet are in extremely close proximity. It has been suggested in studies that this may be part of the reason that the feet are one of the major erogenous zones. Also note the recent findings by Dr. Marcel Waldinger and his colleagues at Utrecht University in the Netherlands on Foot Orgasm Syndrome(2), “He recently published the case of a woman who felt spontaneous orgasms in her left foot 5-6 times a day, at moments when she was not sexually aroused.” While the subject is female it is important to these findings nonetheless and will be addressed in a future theory I am exploring.
Here is more from a different study on sexual orgasms involving the feet. “Perhaps more unusual-sounding than orgasmia is the concept of orgasms that have nothing to do with the genitalia at all. Some people can orgasm from being touched in other places on the body, such as the nipples. In this case, researchers believe that the sensations in the nipples are transmitted to the same areas of the brain that receive information from the genitals. However, people have also reported actually feeling orgasms in other parts of their bodies, including their hands and feet. Several people have even described having orgasms in limbs that were no longer there. One reason may be the layout of the cortical homunculus, a map that shows how different places of the brain's sensory and motor cortices correspond to the organs and limbs of the body. A person who feels an orgasm in a phantom foot, for example, may have experienced a remapping of the senses because the foot is located next to the genitals in the homunculus. The foot is no longer there to provide sensation, so the area for genital sensation took over the space.” Shanna Freeman in her report citing orgasm studies titled ‘What happens in the brain during orgasm (3).’ I would contend this may not be a remapping of the senses but the brain substituting the huntgasm for the sexual orgasm or at least as stated before the computer using the same drivers for a slightly different result.
Procreation, reproduction of life is the primary goal of mother nature and her design for the continuation of the species. The second most important goal is for our species to stay alive and thus reproduce. Nutrition and hydration is of course crucial thus the intense drive to obtain what we need to survive. If suddenly primates/man only had sex to continue the species with no intense sexual reward the strong would only eat the weak and have no incentive to procreate and mankind would die off in a generation. If man only hunted when hungry it would be too little too late. He would only starve as he would be hunting out of desperation. Therefore mother nature gave him a drive to continuously hunt and enjoy the activity to the fullest. Again, to be repetitive, Mother Nature would certainly intend for man to be rewarded for his hunting endeavors just as he is rewarded for completing the reproductive sex act.
I have concentrated on this known phenomenon called buck fever, huntings premature ejaculaton, because it is easiest to feel, see and understand. The orgasm following a successful kill is harder to quantify without further study. This orgasm involving labored breathing most notably staggered exhaling, body spasms, shaking and overall exuberance is the orgasm experienced, just as in sex at the completion of mother natures task.
The desire to kill "dangerous" animals for either protection or pleasure is an offshoot of these genetics. It is only 'natural' that the basic desire to protect the female and her (and the males) young was programmed in to this genetic set for the protection and furtherance of the species. And as it relates to 'Trophy' hunting bringing home the head of the beast sets the alpha male apart from the others which does what, leads to more sex with females and the circle of life goes on. Whether that is acceptable today is another issue but it is rooted in genetics. It may also be that man's obsession with weapons from rocks and sticks to bows and guns has been programmed with the drive to hunt into male genetics from the beginning. As with so many other species of animals and insects using tricks, traps and weapons that are passed on instinctively and not by teaching, this desire to use weapons may also be instinctive, as in genetically programmed into our DNA. While the topic of guns may sometimes be controversial I believe that it may be worth studying further in the context of this study and genetic science in general. It is always better to understand the why when discussing vexing issues. But I digress as this requires further study.
Whether people believe it is by evolution or God, this hunting code ingrained in the genetics of man has been there for hundreds of thousands of years and will be so until evolution/god decides it is no longer necessary. This does not happen in years just because much of the world has easy access to food. This gene set would take thousands of years to dislodge from the point it is ‘decided’ it is no longer needed. Take a look at the oldest cave drawings known. Most of these drawings are of hunted animals at the time such as cattle, horses and deer, some of which have horns or antlers. Remember, cattle were not domesticated 40,000 years ago. They were as wild as what we know as game animals today. I believe the antlered and horned animals became the most prized by man but food was foremost in his mind. This hypothesis could generate a whole new discussion on trinkets, symbols, possessions and power which we will not do here.
Buck fever being natures premature orgasm in the hunter. At the moment it struck it made sense. After research and thought it makes perfect sense...to me.
Robert P. McDowell
References (and many thanks for their hard work)
(1) Gert Holstege1, Janniko R. Georgiadis1, Anne M. J. Paans2, Linda C. Meiners3, Ferdinand H. C. E. van der Graaf 4, and A. A. T. Simone Reinders5
Department of Anatomy and Embryology, University of Groningen, 9713 AV Groningen, The Netherlands, and 2Positron Emission Tomography Centre and Departments of 3Radiology, 4Neurology, and 5Biological Psychiatry, University Hospital Groningen, 9713 AV Groningen, The Netherlands
(Sagittal view of the activations in midline cortical structures, the mesodiencephalic transition zone, and the cerebellum.)
(From the above referenced study.)
(2) Dr Marcel Waldinger, a professor at Utrecht University in the Netherlands
(3) Shanna Freeman - ‘What happens in the brain during orgasm.’ http://health.howstuffworks.com/sexual-health/sexuality/brain-during-orgasm3.htm
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