At the beginning of the 20th century, there was an estimated whitetail deer population around a half million. Now there are over 30 million. During the turn of the century, there was an estimated 100,000 wild turkeys in North America. There are now over seven million. Comeback stories like these are frequent among wildlife of many kinds.
While public interest and government action helped cause the change, there is no doubt that hunters have played a key role in preserving and conserving wildlife and the habitat these animals need.
So how do hunters actually contribute to conservation?
According to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, hunters contribute nearly $200 million in federal excise taxes. These funds are then distributed to state-run agencies that support wildlife management. Efforts funded by hunters include the purchase of land for public use, hunter education, safety classes, and more. One of the most important contributions from hunter’s fees and registrations is hiring officials to regulate hunting, stop over-taking, and make sure hunters are respecting the legal seasons for hunts. Without conservation officials to monitor game, there could be a significant increase in unregulated hunting.
Hunters need good land, so they make the preservation of habitat a high priority. Hunters have helped with reforesting, wetland preservation, and more. Whether these hunters are private landowners or members of national organizations, they have helped preserve or restore millions upon millions of acres across the country. Yes, some of the land is used for hunting, but a large portion goes to hiking, camping, recreation, wildlife sanctuaries, and more. Simply put, hunters have helped preserve land for more than just hunting.
There is little doubt that hunting organizations deliver real, tangible results when it comes to conservation. They can make factual claims about restoring grasslands, watersheds, and forests. They can talk about working directly with landowners. They can show programs that they have made a measurable difference. Ducks Unlimited, for example, has restored more than 178,000 acres in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has preserved 6 million acres since 1984. These are real, measurable, and significant contributions made by hunters.
Hunters and hunting organizations are constantly persuading lawmakers to make conservation a top priority. Groups like Ducks Unlimited and other organizations put the pressure on national, state, and local governments to put forth laws that will maintain game populations and ensure a healthy wildlife habitat for years to come. These groups not only influence policy, they help inform the public on issues that effect wildlife and conservation.
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Alaska is arguably the best place in the world for a NOMAD to hunt. You can pursue everything from waterfowl to grizzlies and Dall sheep within the state’s borders. The scenery and challenge of the terrain is simply unmatched. But many ignore one of the most intriguing targets lurking out in the rugged Alaskan wilderness: the Kodiak mountain goat. Denizens of some of the most inhospitable terrain in the state, these large goats are worthy and challenging quarry for your next trip. Here’s everything you need to know about Kodiak mountain goat hunting in Alaska.
There’s nothing wrong with hunting rabbits, squirrels and other small game. But few hunters drift off to sleep at night dreaming of these critters. It’s big game that quickens the pulse and inspires the imagination. And you can’t talk about big game without mentioning moose. Standing nearly 7 feet high at the shoulder and weighing as much as 1,500 pounds, moose are one of the largest animals pursued by hunters anywhere. And moose hunting in Alaska adds all of the challenges that make for a dream trip. To give you the edge, here are some essential moose hunting Alaska tips and gear.
Although it can take a lifetime to master, bowhunting can be extremely rewarding. You’ll be surprised how quickly the bow will begin to feel like an extension of your body. Even if you use the most sophisticated compound bow available, you’ll still feel a primal connection with the hunters who came before you. After all, NOMADs have been feeding their families with bows for far longer than with high-powered rifles and commercially produced tree stands. Feeling the urge and ready to learn to bow hunt? Use this comprehensive guide to bowhunting for beginners.