REASONS WHY WE HUNT
There are plenty of misconceptions about hunting. Those who oppose it see it as barbaric, that it is simply for sport, that hunters have no respect for life and no appreciation for the environment.
This couldn't be further from the truth. Hunting can be theoretically simple, but the thought that goes into the reasons why we hunt is much more complex. It is deeply rooted tradition that many dedicated individuals work hard to ensure is both appropriate for wildlife management and preserved for future generations to enjoy. It affects everyone - whether you participate or not, through our economic well-being, personal safety, and conservation of the nature that we cherish.
We can repeat these facts often, but sometimes the information can be so much more impactful when heard from others. There are many fascinating stories behind why people participate in hunting and consider it so important for society. Many years ago, Field & Stream Magazine asked its readers for their own stories on what motivates them to get out and hunt. Included below are a sample of the great responses, but you can check out the rest of them here.
"Hunting to me is almost a religious experience. Harvesting a deer or bear is great, but I would hunt even if I knew I would never shoot another animal. It is part of who I am."
"I grew up in the midwest, where I learned to hunt from my father. It was a good way to spend time together, and in the process, it was a good way to learn values and respect for the land and the creatures around us."
"I have a good friend from Hungary who I've been hunting with for the past seven years. He told me that hunting in his country was not for "common people" like him. After our first hunt he wrote his brother to tell him what he had done--it was a great privilege."
"A day afield mentoring a young person can teach more about life than a year in a classroom."
"Hunting finds a way to inspire our senses. Coffee never tastes as good as at 4 a.m. when you're joking with family and friends and anticipating the day's hunt."
"It's a connection back to the woods, my food, my history. It's the thrill of the chase, and the regret for the kill. I can look my food in the eye and not hide behind the styrofoam and plastic wrap of the grocery store."
"Nature. Beauty. Air. Freedom."