The Importance of Hunting
Some people view hunting as a barbaric tradition leftover from the past. Although this assertion is far from the truth. Hunting connects us to our ancestors and can give modern humans a window into the beginning of time. When done in an ethical and responsible way hunting, even trophy hunting can be very important to conservation.
How you ask? Money from big game hunters promotes an economy based on hunting. It promotes a respect for the environment that could have been overlooked otherwise. Especially in Africa, some local economies are dependent on wealthy hunters visiting and staying in poverty stricken countries. Just for the chance to take a lion, kudu, or gazelle with their hunting rifle. The money brought by the hunter helps to feed and support an economy and many people. In turn it promotes the locals to respect the environment and health of their population of animals. Otherwise the people could resort to poaching just to eat or make a few measly dollars.
Furthermore across the globe humans have displaced larger predators leading to a huge spike in populations of herbivores and some predators alike. For example in the West of the United States humans have driven wolves out and in response coyote populations have swelled. Leading to an over population which has wreaked havoc on the population of mule deer. So much so that Utah offers a $50 reward for every coyote shot. See this link for more info.
On the east coast of the United States the absence of predators has led to a huge influx of white tail deer. The massive population has led to deforestation issues and the ever increasing hazard of striking one in a vehicle. Also due to the lack of predators the smaller animal populations go unchecked. Rabbits and squirrels multiply out beyond what the natural environment can reasonably sustain. In the absence of large predators it is essential for humans to fill the gap and keep these populations in check.
Hunting in an ethical and responsible way is extremely important to conservation. In fact the most environment oriented people in the world are usually exotic and big game trophy hunters. It is important to them that the environment stays just the way it has for millions of years. Hunters help to maintain that balance by reducing populations of predators and prey alike to more manageable levels.
Truth being most conservationists and hippies are too eager to establish trails and campsites. Leading to more litter, erosion, and destruction of these much needed wilderness areas. Hunters are not the ones leaving behind beer cans, burning plastics, and carving their names into trees.
In so many ways carrying your hunting rifle into the bush in search of trophies can be a rewarding experience. For yourself, for the earth, and for the environment. It is also a great activity to do as a family and can be an excellent bonding experience between parent and child. It can show where food actually comes from and teach a healthy respect for the world around us. But best of all it can teach a respect for the trials our ancestors had to endure for thousands of years. So grab your rifle and put some meat on the table!