Here’s what anti-hunters don’t want to tell you: hunting is conservation. Every hunting and fishing license I buy supports conservation; some of the money goes for habitat restoration, some goes to enforcement agencies to reduce poaching, and some goes into maintaining access for everyone to enjoy public land. Last year I spend hundreds of dollars on hunting and fishing licenses (out of state licenses add up fast), and this year I supported 5 different states and provinces by buying fishing licenses. In 3 of those I didn’t even keep a single fish-it was all catch and release. In addition, I spent money at local shops, helping to support small businesses.
Why I hunt: I love the outdoors. If I have free time, chances are you won’t find me inside. Hunting provides me with an opportunity to get out and explore new places, especially while scouting out a potential hunting spot. It gives me a quiet place to think, while enjoying the sun rise or set on the horizon. Even if I don’t see something that I want to shoot, it’s rare that I have a bad day in the woods. Most importantly for me, it provides family bonding time. Last time I shot a deer at home, we had 3 generations of family out enjoying being outside to come look for a deer. Hunting gives me the chance to work on improving myself and my skills. It builds mental and physical toughness. I practice shooting year-round. It forces me to slow down and focus on my breathing, which can be relaxing after a stressful day. Lastly, in a world full of uncertainty, it is nice to at least know where the food on my table came from.
Blog Author - Tonia Schueller
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