MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT HUNTING (+ why you should try it)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

"If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try." -Seth Godin
It's that time of the year again and if you're from the south, you know I'm not talking about huge Thanksgiving feasts. It's hunting season.

Although I grew up in the Lone Star State and had friends that went to their ranches with their dads all the time, I never hunted or even held a gun until I met my boyfriend. Trying something new will benefit you more than not trying anything at all.

Hunting is one of the most controversial topics within the world and I thought I'd like to share some light on the misconceptions some people have on it.


The first misconception that people have about hunting is that it is unethical. However, it is the farthest thing from it.  In order to get a hunting license, you must take a hunter's education course that explains all of the laws and ethical ways to go about hunting. A quick shot to the heart results in a clean kill and the animal won't even feel it. Also, hunting is the completely ethical option if you shoot the animal for your own meat. In my opinion, it is way better than slaughter houses.

Another misconception about hunting is it harms the population of the animal. However, hunting actually contributes to wildlife conservation. This may sound confusing but hear me out. According to Free-Eco.org, hunting plays a key role in habitat conservation. Those who oppose hunting and argue through emotion are wrapped up in a science that falsely claims animal populations naturally regulate themselves without degrading their habitat. Hunting helps maintain populations at levels compatible to human activity and habitat availability.

Also, hunters pay for the bulk of wildlife conservation through the Pittman-Robertson Act (1937). This act created an excise tax on guns, ammunition, bows, arrows, etc. This money is then given to state wildlife agencies. The Pittman-Robertson Act also ensures that the money goes towards wildlife management and projects that conduct research, wildlife reintroductions, and improving wildlife habitats.

Now, one of the main contributors towards wildlife conservation is trophy hunting. Although I would never shoot an animal I won't eat (just a personal opinion), the trophy hunting industry raises an exponential amount of earnings for protecting and conserving wildlife. According to SaveTheRhino.org, at the turn of the century there were only 50-100 white rhino in South Africa. The country has now permitted the limited hunting of Southern white rhino and data from the IUNC African Rhino Specialist Group shows that since trophy hunting began, the numbers have increased from 1,800 and 20,000.

Misconceptions about hunting just aren't about the action that's taking place, but are towards hunters themselves. Many anti-hunters, call those who practice this murderers and psychopaths. Which is the furthest thing from the truth. Hunters respect animals more than anyone else. They love being out in nature and enjoy interacting with many different animals including cheetahs and elephants. Hunters are not bad people. They respect nature and animals enough to eat meat that got to live happily in nature instead of spending their entire lives being miserable and abused in slaughter houses, as well as spend money on promoting wildlife conservation.

After reading this, I hope you look at hunting and hunters differently. If you don't want to try it, that's completely fine but I hope you don't feel negatively towards hunters for doing it (and overall helping out wildlife). What are some of your opinions on the topic? Can't wait to here all about it and happy hunting (and Thanksgiving)!

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22 comments :

  1. I don't hunt--I'm no good with a gun and I don't like sitting out in the snow in the dark, but a lot of my family goes deer hunting in season, and usually gets a couple deer. I think the fact that they can fill up a freezer with freshly packaged venison from wild deer is awesome!

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    1. Definitely agree! With one deer you can feed someone for quite a while which can reduce grocery bills! Thanks for commenting, Rachel!

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  2. I love to shoot recreationally and own several guns myself; but I've never gone hunting. I don't mind people who hunt in the states for elk and deer and whatnot, but it does bother me when exotic animals are hunted because I feel like their numbers are already dwindling.

    xo, Chelsie @ Life with Rosie

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    1. Definitely see where you're coming from. I wouldn't shoot an exotic animal either, but the numbers are increasing due to trophy hunting exotic animals. They have a cap of how many exotic animals a country can shoot in a year, also. Thanks for reading, Chelsie!!!

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  3. I actually had a lot of these misconceptions so I appreciate you for clearing these up! My husband is a big gun guy and is dying to go hunting, so maybe I'll finally give in LOL.

    All the Best,
    Allison Jones | www.LiveLifeWellBlog.com

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    1. That's awesome, Allison! I'm happy I could clear this up! Let me know what you think if you do go hunting! Thanks for reading!

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  4. A brave article as it could attract a lot of emotionally riddled criticism, and I hope that it does not as, in my opinion, it is an evenly stated viewpoint. I don't personally hunt, and don't think that I could ever, but as a meat eater I fully appreciate that animals must be killed in order for me to eat. Hunting an animal in the wild, whilst it is blissfully grazing seems much more merciful than killing an animal after it has milled about in a slaughter house possibly in panic and with nervous hormones raging through its system.

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  5. I definitely don't think I'd make much of a hunter, but I LOVE this post and how you're really owning your arguments and disproving the easy misconceptions and opposing arguments. While it's probably not for me (not that I've tried to yet, so only an assumption thus far), I definitely don't judge those that I know personally for doing it because everyone has their own things and you've put great words to why people chose hunting.

    Kyah - www.weekendtempo.com

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  6. I've never hunted (can't sit still long enough) but I grew up in Texas too and don't mind that people do. Half of our high school was gone during hunting season.

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    1. Yes don't be a blind hunter, use those legs and find your food!

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    2. Haha that's awesome! It's not for everybody, but I'm happy you don't look negatively towards those who do!

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  7. This is really interesting! I don't have the skill to go hunting (I miss EVERY target I try shooting at) but I don't have a problem at all with those who are able to hunting for meat! I even happily help out with the eating portion! ;-) Good for you for sharing some truths about hunting! <3

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    1. Haha I'm still learning with my accuracy too! Thanks for commenting, Susannah!

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  8. I've never been hunting... Personally I don't think I could have the heart to kill an animal, but I totally understand about animal conservation and I am all for that! My husband and I go fishing a lot and I love it!

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    1. Thats awesome! I really just want people to realize it's not bad at all! I love fishing also!!!!! Thanks for commenting, Shannon!

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  9. Great post. I think if you use it that`s great. I don't hunt anymore, I'm too wussy haha but I still love shooting a gun at the range!!!

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    1. Thanks so much! Haha it's not for everybody! Thanks for commenting!!!

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  11. Over the years, hunting has become a multi billion dollar industry and one that continues to grow all the time. Many countries throughout the world have come to rely on the revenue from the results and business of hunting and the desire hunters have for adventure. You can try this out

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  12. Not at all like today, all hunting was for survival, and none of it for don. Taxidermy school

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