There are endless challenges trying to take hunting away from us. It may not always be obvious, but they’re there. Here are 10 things that if left unchecked, will cause hunting and our lifestyles to vanish.
1. Urban sprawl
Urbanization, or the growth of cities and paved areas, is a big threat to wildlife. The U.S. loses approximately 6,000 acres of natural areas per day, mostly due to new development and urban sprawl.
2. Habitat destruction
Industrialization and the increase of habitat destruction leads to major changes to the landscape, often forcing wildlife out of the area. This also reduces the quality of hunting.
Illness is moving to the forefront. Since disease is predominately driven by nature, there isn’t much man can do. But organizations and state and federal agencies are doing their part to keep threats at bay.
4. Invasive species
Ecosystems need balance to thrive. Serious problems arise when invasive species become a part of the equation. Hunters need to educate themselves about the species and issues.
These criminals give hunters a bad rap, and their illegal practices negatively affect hunting. It’s important to report poaching to local wildlife law enforcement officials.
Across the country, moves are made every day to end our way of life. On the flip side, we have government officials who are going head-to-head with the politicians who want to stop hunting.
Humane Society of the United states (HSUS) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are just two of many organizations pushing to take away the rights of hunters. Stay up to date on anti-hunting organizations to stay one step ahead of their tactics.
The impact of native predators on native prey species is slight, but legal trapping and predator hunting can help keep them in check.
9. Lack of awareness
Nonhunters and anti-hunters are not the same thing. Nonhunters do not oppose hunting, they just don’t partake in the activity because they may not understand why we hunt or our role in conservation. We depend on nonhunters to understand and appreciate us, because they have a political presence.
Sometimes even the biggest hunters don’t act or support our own traditions. Organizations help keep us focused and actively promote and protect our hunting heritage. Join groups such as the National Wild Turkey Federation, Quality Deer management Association, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the National Rifle Association, Ducks Unlimited, or Pheasants forever to help our cause.