- Jul 3, 2009
I heard an interesting perspective from a native Montanan here at work. He is firmly in the opportunity side, mentioned the Hunting heritage/tradition. "Freedom is easy to lose and hard to get back". His take is that we need to keep hunters on the landscape, any and all voluntary reductions in hunters feeds into the anti-hunting hand, effectively doing their job for them. The more hunters we can retain the higher likelihood that hunting continues as a worthwhile endeavor that society as a whole can accept.
And I believe he is dead wrong.
Having a lot of hunters to maintain visibility and by extension, acceptance and support among the general public, is only as effective as hunters are seen as responsible stewards of wildlife resources and good neighbors.
When hunters are a demonstrable cause for the decline of wildlife rather than the increase of wildlife, the 93% of the non-hunting public can be more easily swayed to restrict hunting at the ballot box.
Acceptable of historical cultural practices only lasts as long as positive opinion of those practices.