What You Can Do to Save Hunting

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There are a lot of things that work against the right to hunt.  Despite what you may think, anti-hunting activists are not the worst threat to your hunting rights.  Other hunters are far more dangerous than anti-hunters.  While anti-hunters may cast a few votes against hunting access etc. they are offset by those of us who hunt and vote. But there is a huge pool of people who neither support or campaign against hunting. 

This pool of mostly neutral people can be swayed one way or another by the way that they perceive hunting.  By representing hunting in a negative light we give votes to the ant-hunting crowd.  But by showing hunters as safe, responsible, and respectful we can win votes in support of hunting. 

Just as when you wore a uniform (police, military, boy scout, etc.) you represent the organization you are in to those around you – when you wear hunting clothes – camo, orange, or red and black plaid – you are representing “Hunters” to everyone who sees you.

When you go in the grocery store, gas station, or anywhere else dressed in your hunting gear (even cast off old hunting gear that you no longer worry about scent control on) recognize that you are identified as a hunter by the non-hunting public.

Try hard to make a good impression.  Hold the door for others, be polite, and say thank you.  Don’t give an anti-hunter any ammunition.  Don’t tip a person neutral on hunting toward an anti-hunter attitude by being rude or crude or thoughtless.  

They are watching and what you do and how you do it will affect not only voting on hunting issues, but very personal decisions like whether to allow hunters access to their property.  So be alert to it and please be polite to protect all of us.

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Deer Slayer's picture

This is a great tip. We, as a

This is a great tip. We, as a group of hunters need to stand up and let it be known that we are the true people who cares about the well being of the animals. That we are the one's that respect the outdoors and the animals that live there. We need to be the one's to educate the public, not the PETA people. They can spew their garbage but we can show over time at how through proper management the game animals today are at their best and healthiest in a very long time. Be respectful but also be informative.

Rem2arms's picture

Excellent tip Mike!!!!! and

Excellent tip Mike!!!!! and to that I have only one word for ya.............. AMEN!!!!!

ManOfTheFall's picture

That is a great tip. People

That is a great tip. People should be respectful and polite anyways. But, yes, we as hunters are in the public eye and we need to go above and beyond and do what we can to represent our sport and ourselves as best as we possibly can. There is a property I have been trying to gain access to and have been unsuccessful. The land owner told me they used to allow hunting but some of the hunters left trash on their property and they haven't allowed any since. I return every year to ask and they are very polite but they tell me no. I hope by showing them kindess and carrying on conversations with them from time to time it will pay off one of these years.

hunter25's picture

This is a good tip but should

This is a good tip but should not be something we even have to think about. Being polite and respectful should just be a way of life regardless of what we are wearing. BUt anyway the point is good. I have read many times that we should not dress in hunting clothes in public to not offend the antis or non hunters but I think as Mike said the opposite is true and we can use it to promote ourselves as hunters and our sport in general.

But remember that someone is always watching and the things you do can and most likely will have an impact on someone. Let's make sure it's a positive impact.

jaybe's picture

You know - that's something

You know - that's something that most of us probably don't think about very much - if at all. I drive about 2 hours to the spot where I hunt deer, and almost always stop at least once on my way up and again when returning. Of course, I'm wearing my hunting clothes, so people know that I'm hunting. Actually, I often wear the same clothes when I'm fishing, and if I stop somewhere, people say, "I didn't know it was hunting season." I explain that these are my "outdoor clothes and I wear them when hunting or fishing.

 I never drop any trash on the ground, but to take extra pains to be polite and make sure I intentionally leave a positive impression as a hunter is something that I hadn't thought of.

Next time I'm out and about in my camo, I'll make sure to do that.

Thanks for the good tip, Mike.