As a hunter it is crucial to know the facts about hunting so that when approached by a non-hunter and asked about or even confronted about the sport you can answer intelligently. Hunters are the most dedicated conservationists on earth. We as hunters protect ALL animals both game animals and non-game animals and the habitats in which they live. We do this both for our enjoyment and for the enjoyment of the non-hunter as well. This is how it is accomplished.
Most game animals are at or near the Carrying Capacity of their environment. Carrying Capacity meaning the number of animals an area of land can support year round without damaging the land or starving / stressing the animals. Farmers have known for eons that each animal requires a certain amount of Air, Food, Water, Shelter and Space to maintain a proper Habitat. When provided a proper habitat healthy animals resulted. When too many animals shared the resources, or the resources became lean the result was unhealthy animals, disease, and starvation. Through various agencies, each charged with regulating the harvest in their particular areas, hunters become a vital tool in maintaining healthy herds of game animals. Hunters willingly and gladly share vital information with these agencies about their hunting. This information helps these agencies continually adjust their policies to keep animals healthy and at proper capacity to provide healthy habitats for all species.
A pair of healthy Whitetail deer living in a habitat free of disease, predation, hunting or unusual deaths will produce a herd of over 40 deer in 7 years. Imagine you have a garden at home that fed you and your wife, you have a few kids who have a few kids and next thing you know the garden must feed 40. In nature this happens and some of the offspring leave for other areas, but When the land becomes over saturated with these deer, they begin to die of diseases that easily attack unhealthy deer, but would usually not affect a healthy animal. Starvation due to competing over the limited available edibles is a long slow tormenting death. Hunters harvest game in a manner, which is quick for the animal and in the case of bow hunting studies have shown that the animal may experience no more than the discomfort of a bee sting before losing consciousness and eventually expiring. The animal is then used by the hunter and removed from the field.
Hunters contribute more to wildlife than any other group and they do this through licensing and permits. Millions of dollars are collected annually from hunters by various agencies that are charged with the job of maintaining healthy habitats in their jurisdictions. These dollars benefit both non-game and game animals, and go directly into the conservation of wildlife for everyone to enjoy. The Pittman-Robertson Act of 1937 created an excise tax on all guns, ammunition, and archery equipment manufactured in the Untied States. It is collected and distributed to wildlife agencies for the use in wildlife management and hunter education programs. Each time hunters purchase new equipment for the pastime they love, a portion of that purchase goes to maintaining a quality habitat in which to enjoy the sport. This benefits the hunter as well as the non-hunter.
It is up to every hunter to reverse the negativity placed upon the sport of hunting and to be ready to intelligently defend the honor of the sport by being knowledgeable in every aspect hunting. Hunters need to always remember that we are in the spotlight and our actions as well as our tongues speak volumes to those who are ignorant of the truth about hunting. Knowledge is power, but impotent if not used properly. Happy Hunting!