Archery, hunting and fishing: protect our world and ourselves
What do hunting and fishing have to do with nature conservation? Everything. Without the efforts of hunters and anglers, our wildlife and wild places would be in trouble. However, hunting and fishing are more than just sport or leisure hours and even more than a conservation effort. The meaning and meaning of life and our humanity are embodied in archery, fishing and hunting.
It is not easy to be the “environment”. It gets more attention than Paris Hilton in a prison cell. Everyone is all about “saving” the environment and we are all aware of the powerful cultural movement that focuses on “green” and “environmentally friendly” life.
Cultural elites and politicians tell us that if we ride our bikes more, take the bus, use different light bulbs, only then will we really be “green” and a friend of the earth.
Why Sport Hunting Is Cruel
But changing our driving habits or riding a bike is simply not practical or convenient. We care about our world, but we feel chewed out in the cold and ask ourselves, “What can I do to help? None of the other stuff is for me.”
Chances are, if you read this, you’re in archery, fishing, and / or hunting. And if you’re a lover of archery, fishing, or hunting – or all three – and you want to keep the “environment” in good shape, just keep doing what you’re doing.
But if you’re on the fence about archery, fishing, and hunting, keep an open mind and read on to find out why we do what we do.
Of course (no pun intended), we in the archery, fishing and hunting world have a vested interest in keeping our planet’s resources and wildlife in top condition. If you take hunting and fishing out of the equation, all of the (wildlife management) effort breaks down.”
In Defense of Animals
So it is not surprising that athletes – those who do archery, fishing and hunting – donate over $ 1 billion a year in conservation efforts. It’s no surprise that athletes have paid several billion dollars in self-imposed excise duties on firearms, ammunition, and certain archery and fishing equipment over the past 70-80 years.
Not surprisingly, wildlife and habitat populations thrive on hunting and fishing efforts. Today there are over 18 million white-tailed deer in the U.S. when there were fewer than half a million around 1900. Today’s moose population is about 800,000, compared to 41,000 in 1917.
And is it surprising that a handful of African nations are now using conservation hunting methods to increase the populations of endangered animals such as elephants and black and white rhinos? And is it surprising that the polar bear population in northern Canada has increased due to 30 years of nature conservation hunting?
But listing the many and wonderful benefits of archery, fishing, and hunting doesn’t explain the “why” behind it – especially for those who tackle the issue on the fence. Why do we hunt? Why do we fish? The answer lies in another kind of preservation – the preservation of meaning and humanity.
Many think that by changing driving habits and using renewable energies, we are “natural” or somehow experience the natural world. But hunters and fishermen have a deep and intensive connection with our world that goes beyond any “green” campaign. Why? When was the last time you saw a politician or prominent politician in the wild hunting or fishing?
To quote Mahoney: “Hunting is a love affair.” It is the passionate interaction between two forces in the natural world – humans and game. The two come together to create the essence of being, the essence of life and meaning.
Continued Mahoney, “Hunting is immersion; a drowning bond that wastes pride and privileges; the real hunter is the humble man, the enthusiastic child, and the knowing prince … Hunting is a cataclysm of inner progress.