What is the Hunter’s Role in Wildlife Conservation?

From an early age, my parents taught me to respect nature and especially the wildlife all around me. I never hunted for numbers because I wanted to keep the balance just like nature intended and according to how they taught me.

Our world is crazy sometimes, but I think people should spend more time outdoors and realize a world that’s ever present and always showing itself as a harbinger of peace and serenity.

That’s part of the reason hunters are conservationists at heart because they too understand nature and its beauty. They would never consider upsetting the delicate balance that nature oversees.

Our Natural Resources

Sometimes people take our natural resources for granted, and that’s a mistake. Our air, water, plants, and animals depend on us to take care of them. We have an enormous responsibility to make sure we protect these precious resources so we can live and also maintain a sustainable environment for all living things.

As we consciously preserve our environment from outside human influence that upsets the balance of nature, we also must strongly consider wildlife conservation and take steps to protect a most magnificent resource.

Stable Ecosystem

The contrast between wildlife conservation and preservation helps us to gain a better understanding of the relationship between the two. That helps us maintain the balance of the laws of nature and how to keep nature stable and thriving.

We know that for a stable ecosystem, we can’t interfere with the natural process of rivers flowing, trees growing, and our lush grasslands staying healthy to provide food for our wildlife at all times.

Nature’s processes are constantly at work preserving the work it’s already started and continues nonstop to create the perfect environment needed for replenishment of the resources necessary to sustain itself.

Human interaction with the environment requires a deep appreciation for nature and how it acts to keep itself pristine and in perfect order. It’s when a tree gets replaced when they cut one down, or how our lakes, streams, and oceans get scrubbed of waste, and only seasonally overpopulated animals get harvested to protect the entire population that we see the cooperation of like-minded people with the same understanding of wildlife conservation in action.

Also, it’s the generosity of hunters and their willingness to give of themselves mutually to benefit humans and nature alike. That is an important role for hunters, and the overriding majority take pride in their contributions.   

Some Hunters Criticized

Hunters suffer ridicule on the occasional social media post from uninformed people, but thankfully, they’re minimal. It’s true a few people don’t get the connection between responsible hunting and nature conservation.

The good news is that a majority of hunters in the United States support all kinds of causes, organizations, and initiatives designed to protect and preserve our natural resources, and that includes wildlife.

The organizations for hunters and anglers and recreational shooters influenced their creation and formed three guiding principles. The first is that wildlife is a public trust; they consider wild places an American birthright; and we manage all wildlife species in a way that creates endless sustainability.

A Brief History

Conservation of all wildlife species isn’t a novel idea. As far back as the late 1800s, the model of conservation discussed here led to new laws and regs to protect wildlife and encouraged interested parties to invest heavily in the efforts of people and organizations all over the country.

They have established several treaties over the years that received vigorous support, financial and otherwise, from outdoor enthusiasts from their inception. It’s stated that over 75% of the budgets of states’ fish and wildlife agencies come directly from hunters and sports persons.