Hunters Should Put Their Mouths Where Their Money Is
Hunters love to brag about what they bag, not so much what they save. But they save much, much more than they ever shoot. And not just deer, elk, turkeys, and bears. Not just birds and bees, but swamps and grasslands, forests and wetlands. Acres by the millions. Wildlife by the billions. Year after year.
Oh yeah, while sport hunters are plowing hundreds of millions into habitat and species restoration, they’re simultaneously creating jobs in industries that serve the “hunting industry.” From guides and cooks to arrow makers and small town cafes. Hunters spend big on products and services. And even then they pump money into conservation via a self-imposed 11 percent Pittman-Robertson excise tax on all guns, ammo, and hunting bows.
This might sound boring and inconsequential in a world where Congress flirts with throwing trillions as pork barrel projects, but to the men and women making a living, hunter dollars are a big deal. To the wildlife thriving on the millions of acres of habitat hunters have saved, created, improved, and maintained, hunter dollars are a matter of life and death. Over years, decades, centuries. When habitat is protected from bulldozers and plows, wild things thrive and reproduce over and over and over into forever.
And sport hunters make it possible. They just are too reticent to brag about it.
Dreamers and those unhappy with the Natural world will always complain about hunting, meat eating, and Nature’s self-perpetuating system of renewal. Sensible, pragmatic folk will see and appreciate the critical, life saving work sport hunters have done and are doing. Now if we’d only brag about it!
10 Interesting Facts about wildlife hunting in the US — Ron Spomer Outdoors is written by Ron Spomer for www.ronspomeroutdoors.com