I was thinking about hunting and how it is threatened at times and why it is important. Its importance transcends game management and conservation. I believe hunting is important because it keeps us in touch with our primal self. As humans, we should evolve and become more "civilized" but we should also maintain an inner primal self. It is that primal self that drives us to compete, to sacrifice and endure hardships to better the lives of our families and it is that primal self that keeps our senses sharp.
Without a primal inner self, we become weak and become prey like deer. I watch deer grazing under my stand and they are in constant fear. Eat a bite, look around, take a step and look around. Then two dogs on the hunt came in and their life was totally different. They were "happy" and full of confidence enjoying the hunt.
Hunting keeps us in touch with that primal self...the predator within. For me, this is why protecting our hunting tradition is so important.