Archery, Hunting and Fishing: Preserving Our World and Ourselves
What does hunting and fishing have to do with conservation? Everything. Without the efforts of hunters and anglers, our wildlife and wild places will be in trouble. Hunting and fishing is more than just sport or entertainment, however, and is even more than a conservation effort. The meaning and significance of our life and humanity is manifested in archery, fishing and hunting.
It’s not easy to be “the neighborhood.” He received more attention than Paris Hilton in his prison cell. Everyone is about “saving” the environment, and we are all aware of a strong cultural movement that focuses on living “green” and being “green.”
How Does Hunting Affect the Environment?
Cultural elites and politicians tell us that if we ride our bikes more, ride buses, use different light bulbs, only then will we be truly “green” and friends of theearth.
But changing our driving habits or riding our bikes is neither practical nor comfortable. We care about our world but we feel left out in the cold, wondering, “What can I do to help? None of the other stuff is for me.
Chances are, if you’re reading this you’re into archery, fishing and / or hunting. And if you’re a lover of archery, fishing or hunting – or all three – and if you have the adesire to keep the “environment” in good working condition, keep doing what you’re doing.
But if you’re on the fence about archery, fishing and hunting, keep an open mind and read on to find out why we do what we do.
Hunting is Conservation
Of course (no word is meant), we in the world of archery, fishing and hunting have a passion for keeping our planet’s resources and our planet’s wildlife in tip-top shape. As Canadian biologist and philosopher Shane Mahoney said, “Hunters and fishermen are the pistons that drive the conservation engine. If you take hunting and fishing out of the equation, the whole (wildlife management) effort collapses.”
So it’s no surprise that sportsmen – those involved in archery, fishing and hunting – provide more than $ 1 billion per year for conservation efforts. It is not surprising that sportsmen have paid several billion dollars over the past 70-80 years in self-imposed excise duties on firearms, ammunition and certain archery and fishing equipment.
It is not surprising that through hunting and fisheries conservation efforts, wildlife populations and habitats thrive. There are now over 18 million white-tailed deer in the US when there used to be less than half a million around 1900. The current deer population is around 800,000 when in 1917 it was only 41,000.
And is it surprising that a handful of African countries are now using conservation hunting methods to increase the population of endangered animals such as the black and white elephants and rhinos? And is it any surprise that polar bear populations in northern Canada have increased due to 30-several years of conservation hunting?
For those of us who are actively involved in archery, fishing and hunting, no, we are not surprised. But listing the many amazing benefits of archery, fishing, and hunting doesn’t explain the “why” behind it all – especially for those on the fence about the matter. Why are we hunting? Why are we fishing? The answer lies in another type of conservation – conservation of meaning and humanity.
Many think that by changing driving habits and using renewable energy that we are “natural” or somehow affecting the natural world. But hunters and fishermen have a deep and intense connection with our world that goes beyond the “green” campaign. Why? Because hunters and fishermen are in real physical contact with the world; they don’t experience it through the screens in their living room. When was the last time you saw a politician or celebrity out on a wilderness hunt or fishing?
To quote Mahoney, “Hunting is a love affair.” It is a passionate interaction between two forces of the natural world – human and wild. The two of them unite to create oneness of being, the essence of life and meaning.
Mahoney continued, “Hunting is immersion; a drowning affinity that wastes pride and privilege; Truehunter is a humble man, an enchanted child and a prince who knows … Hunting is a disaster into progress. We hunt for spiritual reasons; we hunt to find peace; we hunt to understand the world … Truehunter is a person of vigilance and meditation. Thought and deliberate action combined; hymn for the unity of the world and oneself. ”
This is possiblesomewhat romantic for some of you, but hunting and fishing is much more than entertainment and even a method of conservation. Hunting and fishing embody an intrinsic understanding of life. We preserve ourselves, as well as our world, through hunting, fishing and archery.