About Hunting

March 24, 2010

I decided to write this page because of confusion about this forum’s stand on hunting.

This is not a pro-hunting blog, nor an anti-hunting blog. There is a good reason. Bad feeling between hunters and those who don’t like hunting is probably the single biggest reason why there is not a widespread political movement to protect and enhance wildlife and wildlife habitat in the United States. They are organizations that are devoted in part to making sure there is no cooperation between the two.

Part of this split is philosophical. Part of it is cultural (“our tradition”).

I would rather not have discussions about the wrongness or rightfulness of hunting,  but they seem unavoidable.  However, we will step in when they get personal or otherwise out of hand.

Added Nov. 14, 2014.

One conclusion I have slowly come to is that I cannot justify the hunting of carnivores, at least with modern weapons. Carnivore hunters rarely eat a significant portion of a kill. Many of them hunt out of a misplaced animosity toward their quarry, as though it was pest extermination. For example, those who hunt elk almost never hate the elk. Today in North America and over most of the world, carnivores are no longer a meaningful threat to life or limb. Even if they were, killing an animal in proactive or actual defense of a person’s life, is not hunting.

There is no scientific agreement that carnivores are a threat to herbivorous game animal populations. Of course, carnivores influence, affect game populations. That is not the same is threaten or deplete.

Trophy is the only possibility, but there is almost no danger to a person with today’s weapons. A trophy would be deserved if a large carnivore was killed in a traditional way such as an arrow or spear.  One good of hunting is the recapitulation of the struggle humanity had at a time when it lacked advanced technology. Handicapping the human hunter of today would make a difference.

Finally, recent studies of wolf hunting in the United States shows that rather than hunting building tolerance for wolves as wildlife, the opposite is true. Hunters should not be haters.

Ralph Maughan, editor

The Wildlife News



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January 2022


‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

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