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Research: Hunting Is Conservation, but so is Recreational Shooting

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Thanks to an 11 percent excise tax on guns and ammunition, hunting is a major funding source for conservation. It is a fee hunters pay every time they purchase a box of ammo or a new rifle. That excise tax has generated more than $12 billion dollars for conservation work since the Pittman-Robertson (P-R) Act went into effect way back in 1937. Not to be overlooked in this conservation equation is the contribution made by …

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Hunting Is Conservation – Why Hunting Is Necessary

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The anti-hunter claim that hunting is no longer necessary and is done only for sport is both narrow-minded and inaccurate. First and foremost, hunting is the main tool used by biologists to manage wildlife populations. Managers determine and implement precise hunting regulations based on location, species, sex of species, type of firearm and time of year. Specific quotas are also implemented and strictly enforced. Such practices are in line with the North American Wildlife Conservation …

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Hunting Is Conservation – The Morality of Hunting

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The anti-hunter argument that hunting is morally wrong because it inflicts undue pain and suffering is often sensationalized and not fully understood. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is a staunch advocate of ethical, fair chase hunting. A primary part of that hunting ethic is for sportsmen and women alike to practice, clean, care for and know their firearms or archery equipment inside and out. And then once in the field, use precise, quality shot placement …

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Hunting Is Conservation – Countering the argument: Hunting threatens wildlife

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The anti-hunter argument that hunting threatens wildlife is inaccurate and untrue. Thanks to scientific, regulated hunting quotas and procedures, established by wildlife biologists and professional big game managers, wildlife species sought by hunters are in fact thriving. Each state wildlife agency uses hunting as a game management tool in line with the North American Wildlife Conservation Model to help manage predator and prey populations alike. Specifically, wildlife managers use scientific data, on-the-ground monitoring and hunter …

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Why Don’t More Kids Take Up Hunting?

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Participation numbers for hunting are trending downward. And that does not bode well for the future of hunting or conservation. After all, through the purchase of licenses and fees as well as excise taxes on guns and ammunition, hunters provide vital funding for conservation efforts from coast-to-coast. So what is the biggest obstacle that keeps youngsters from picking up hunting? According to data gathered by the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, it’s because they don’t have people …

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Arkansas Hunters Step Up, Assist Fight against CWD

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Want another example how Hunting Is Conservation? In Arkansas, hunters are doing their part to help wildlife managers in the fight against chronic wasting disease. They voluntarily provided more than 5,300 biological samples from harvested deer to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) so far this hunting season, helping AGFC to continue monitoring the distribution of CWD in the state. With almost a month of the firearms deer season and two additional months of …

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How Hunters Help Game Management

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Hunting Is Conservation. Those three simple words speak volumes. It’s a fairly well-established fact that revenue generated from hunting licenses and fees combined with an excise tax on guns, ammunition and archery equipment generates significant funding for conservation. What may not be as well-known or understood is how hunters themselves are vital to wildlife conservation. Hunting is the main tool used by game managers in helping to shape the size of wildlife populations. Hunting regulations …

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Wyoming Hunters Help Manage Herds Thanks to Tooth Aging Program

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The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) is asking select hunters statewide to donate teeth from their harvested mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk, moose, bison, mountain lions, black bears and bobcats. Wildlife managers can learn the ages of harvested animals from teeth, and that information is important for managing wildlife. “It’s one source of important data collected from hunters that helps wildlife managers to assess how hunting seasons affect the population,” said Miranda Strand, WGFD …

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Skunked

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Even when you come up empty after a season of hard hunting, there are plenty of reasons to feel good about your role as a hunter. I stopped for lunch at one of my favorite overlooks, a cliff of columnar basalt 500 feet above a creek meadow with a stunning view of the backside of the Tetons’ Cathedral Group on the horizon. After a long seven hours in the black timber, it was a relief to …

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Helping Mother Nature Do What She Can’t: How #HuntingIsConservation in Washington

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Sometimes, Mother Nature needs a helping hand because she just can’t keep up. That’s exactly the case in southwest Washington where the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens loaded up the Toutle River Valley with a landslide of debris. And that led to long-lasting erosion that only continues today. Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation volunteers worked alongside other folks to plant more than 5,400 broadleaf trees on the banks of the North Fork of the Toutle …

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Answering Questions Posed by Non-Hunters

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Why do you hunt? What are the benefits of hunting? How does hunting help conservation? What kind of impact does hunting have on the economy? As hunters, there are so many questions we field about how and why we do the things we do. For some, answering those questions can be daunting. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation maintains that Hunting Is Conservation. You can find 25 reasons why hunting is conservation here. Those reasons include …

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Giving Aspen Room to Grow: How #HuntingIsConservation in Utah

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Elk walking into an aspen grove are much like kids walking into a candy shop. Yet aspen need space to breathe, thrive and grow…and that benefits elk. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is stepping up by putting money on the ground to encourage and enhance aspen health and growth. One such example is the ongoing Monroe Mountain aspen ecosystems restoration project in the Fishlake National Forest of central Utah. Crews use a combination of thinning, …

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More Evidence that Hunting (and Fishing) Is Conservation

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Paying for the conservation of land and wildlife has landed on the shoulders of hunters and anglers for decades. It is sportsmen and women who supply the lion’s share of funding for state fish and game agencies through the payment of licenses and fees plus excise taxes on guns, ammunition and archery and fishing equipment. Without that funding, those agencies that are tasked with managing fish and wildlife populations would be unable to carry out …