It’s nothing new when some people say hunting is both unnecessary and cruel. On the contrary, those who support that proposition have probably never held a bow and arrow, a fishing reel or a hunting rifle and genuinely felt their skills and abilities tested to the limit during the activity. It’s natural to fear–or hate–what we don’t understand. It doesn’t necessarily mean that those who choose to do something about that hatred or fear should be criminalized. A real hunter believes that the sport is not just all about the act of killing but rather the opportunity to outwit your prey and survive. A truly successful hunter studies their prey and learns its habits, behavior and tracks. Hunters should also understand the capability of their weapons or equipment and know how to make the most of it. What makes hunting truly a great sport?
Hunting is environment-friendly
Hunters ensure that the wildlife population of their game species is sustainable from generation to generation. They support the efforts towards the diversity of natural habitats by keeping those habitats intact, untouched and free from pollution due to overpopulation. In other words, hunters contribute to the population control of game species, all for the sake of conservation. By hunting overpopulated species, the hunting community reduces the strain on nature that the game species gives, ensuring that shelter and food sources do not get depleted at a fast rate. Through the population control that hunting provides, game species get a more humane, less painful and swifter death than what they would get if they die from disease or starvation.
Hunters also promote the maintenance of undamaged, clean and natural wild habitats through their search for suitable hunting locations. This is also something that ecologists do on a regular basis for their research and studies. In fact, even birdwatchers, hikers and wildflower researchers visit habitats teeming with wild flora and fauna that remain untouched and therefore uncontaminated.
Hunters support the economy
Every year, hunters have to seek and/or renew their hunting licenses. They pay to hunt in specific hunting properties they want to check the potentials of. The money they pay goes to the state or federal government, which uses it to fund the management and maintenance of wildlife refuges and parks, the enhancement of wildlife habitat and conduction of research and surveys to monitor the status of both game and nongame species. The tax on hunting goods that hunters pay supports wildlife management agencies. Hunters contribute in their own way to support the natural environments and the economy as well.
Hunters work harmoniously with other wildlife and outdoor enthusiasts to support the ecosystem.
Hikers, hunters and birdwatchers prefer habitats that promote their own interests. A relatively quiet habitat would be what a birder would want to explore, while hikers go for trails. Land management that supports their favorite game mammal or bird is what a hunter would like to learn about. Generally, hikers, hunters and birdwatchers prefer to keep their distances from one another, being careful not to infringe on each other’s territories and not to be where the other is at the same time. This brings up time sharing issues despite that fact that each type of individual is after one thing: the benefit of the outdoor ecosystem.
Surely, the time will come that hunters can partner with the other groups since they are all after the benefit of the creatures in the small wetlands, streams and forests. This has started with the partnerships forged between the hunting community and research ecologists, wildlife recreation groups and habitat protection organizations. The ultimate objective may be diverse for each group but the conservation and restoration of forests and natural habitats remains an unchanged goal shared by all.