We should all understand that hunters are conservationists too.
For some people, when they hear the word hunters, they don't hear conservationists. They automatically think that it involves some type of barbaric act to pillage wooded areas and destroy animal populations. Wrong. Dead wrong.
Many hunters, or conservationists, including myself, take pride in the land and animal populations that surround us. We spend countless hours and sometimes a lot of money, in order to take care of our land to ensure a productive hunting season.
How Our Hunting Benefits You
Let's say you just bought a brand new car and you take it for a spin down the highway. Well, you unfortunately didn't know that you bought this car during the whitetail rut. To us this is a great time to hunt deer; for you this means that you have to pay your car insurance deductible all because Mr. Twitterpated Buck was after his girl.
According to RMEF.org, "For every deer hit by a motorist, hunters take six." Could you imagine the amount of deer that would be in a single area and the damage these animals could cause if hunting and conservation didn't go hand in hand?
Not only does conservation and hunting save your car, but can keep you and your loved ones out of harm's way when dealing with predators.
The control that hunting has to offer in the population of predators is also substantial. Just imagine if every time you, your child, or your pet went outside, you would have to worry about being attacked by a wild animal.
Your food and our hunting are two peas in a pod. With the help of our conservational tactics, animal populations are kept at a healthy number to ensure little to no crop damage. This in return means that the better we manage our animal population the better you eat.
Why We Conservationists Do What We Do
"Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe." -Abraham Lincoln
Much like President Lincoln, hunters spend a majority of their time preparing. We consider that preparation a significant part of conservation. In our time preparing, we ensure that all animals we take care of are safe from harm.
We set up our feeders where predators, busy highways, and unsafe environments cease to exist. We do not poach or kill animals for the heck of it. When populations fall below par, we make sure we do everything in our power to help them flourish once more.
Most importantly, we take pride in who we are and what we do and treat our lifestyle as a career and an investment for the future.