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How to Resolve the Friction Between Sportsmen and Non-Hunters

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Is there any way hunters and non-hunters can see eye to eye?

Every day there's more news based on disagreements, divided opinions, and all out battles between groups of people. They may be from the same place, of the same economic status, and value many of the same things, but because of hunting they're separated.

We maintain hope that both the hunting community and those who are against it can have the maturity and wherewithal to understand the importance of meaningful conversation. Arguing, and not listening, is going to get us nowhere.

Hunting numbers are declining, and a new generation is growing up far away from the circumstances many of today's hunters experienced. Urban and suburban populations are still high, and an increase in technology has lessened the desire to get out and see more of this spectacular world we live in.

Don't let a division of opinion stray away from the facts: We all live on this planet together, and there are times where we won't get along.

But if the focus stays on improving the environment, including the places we call home, for the future that will inherit it, then we're aimed at the right target.

If the focus goes elsewhere, like we've seen all too often, then hunting might not survive.

That's something we aren't willing to give up without the effort it deserves.

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How to Resolve the Friction Between Sportsmen and Non-Hunters