These misconceptions about hunters are believed by many, but just don’t line up.
We all know the visions and thoughts that enter some heads when the term “hunter” is tossed around. We know what it means to us, but not everyone in the world has the same perspective and beliefs.
It’s true, some incidents give hunters a bad name, and misconceptions have to start from somewhere. There are plenty of ways to look at hunters, but some are flat out wrong. I’d like to clear up some of these common thoughts and let folks know that hunters are different than what some may think.
1. Hunters are cruel to animals
Some think that it’s cruel to go out in the woods and stalk their prey, but this isn’t correct. Hunters take great pride in using the most efficient means in taking the lives of animals. Their constantly concerned that their shot put the animal down as quickly and ethically as possible. A more accurate portrayal of “cruelty” is allowing a species to breed until they overpopulate and cause disease and even bigger problems.
2. Hunters spend taxpayer dollars
The fact is that hunters pay fees for licenses and tags, not to mention the money they spend on things like apparel and ammo to support the outdoor industry. The fees charged by states to acquire license help directly pay for wildlife conservation, and shooting sports excise taxes go to similar causes.
3. Hunters are dangerous and trigger happy
In the vast majority of states, hunter safety courses are required before hunting licenses are even issued. Hunters share a deep belief in what they do, and safety is passed from generation to generation through right alongside hunting techniques. Even though some hunting related accidents are reported every year, the vast majority do not come from hunting itself, but instead careless people that do not pay attention to firearm safety.
4. Hunters harm wildlife populations
Every state has an agency that carefully studies wildlife species and adjusts hunting licenses, limits and seasons for those species so that they are not over hunted. Hunters do a great job of controlling deer populations, and this in turn reduces vehicle accidents and animal encounters in residential areas. The state agencies routinely add special seasons or hunts to help control wildlife, knowing full well hunters are one of the biggest management tools in the country.
5. Hunters are selfish and wasteful
Nothing could be farther from the truth. True hunters make every effort to harvest every viable part of the animals they hunt. Many also donate the meat of some animals species to feed the hungry.
6. Hunters destroy property and public lands
Based on figures from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, over 14 million licenses are issued for both hunting and fishing each year. Ethical hunters pride themselves in making sure that they leave the areas they hunt as clean, if not cleaner, than they found them. The introduction of trash, and the scent that comes along with it, only scares animals off. Leaving these items in the woods, rivers or public lands only hinders a hunter’s chances, and smart hunters know this. Damage to signs, buildings and other objects comes from mischievous or law breaking people that choose to destroy property, not true hunters.
7. Hunters strictly do it for the sport
For most, hunting is not a sport but instead a means in which to provide food, control wildlife populations, and enjoy the great outdoors. There is no literal score, time clock or competition in true hunting.
8. Hunters waste valuable resources
Some argue that hunters are wasting precious metals like lead, copper, aluminum and zinc along with minerals used to make ammunition or arrows. The truth is, the small amount of minerals and metals used in bullets is no comparison to the waste generated by humans in things like water bottles or plastic bags each year.
9. Hunters are poachers
Poachers are not hunters; these people are law breaking thugs that are opportunistic. True hunters spend a great deal of time scouting, researching and preparing, sometimes months in advance, for the harvest of game animals for consumption or donation. It’s unfortunate that a few make a bad name for hunters, but that’s what it’s like in many other areas of life as well.
10. Hunters are Neanderthals
Let me start off first by saying that if we hadn’t had Neanderthal hunters in the beginning of human civilization, none of us would be here. This kind of stereotypical thinking is way out there. Many people, from all walks of life, are passionate about hunting. It’s been a staple in the world since mankind first began, and while some do not want to admit that it’s a necessity, if lions, tigers and bears started showing up on front doorsteps, we’d see just how many people call for the so-called Neanderthals to come save them.
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I am sure that there are many more misconceptions about hunters out there, but these seem to be the most prevalent.
What other offline beliefs have you heard people think about hunters? Leave us your thoughts in the comments.