Table of Contents
- Why Hunting Is Good?
- 7 Undeniable Benefits Of Hunting
- BENEFIT 1: PHYSICAL – IT PROMOTES GOOD HEALTH
- BENEFIT 2: ENVIRONMENTAL – IT CONSERVES WILDLIFE
- BENEFIT 3: SOCIAL – IT BUILDS RELATIONSHIPS
- BENEFIT 4: MENTAL – IT CHALLENGES YOUR SURVIVAL INSTINCTS
- BENEFIT 5: MORAL – IT PROMOTES DISCIPLINE
- BENEFIT 6: SPIRITUAL – IT CONNECTS YOU WITH NATURE
- BENEFIT 7: FINANCIAL – IT EARNS
- Final Thoughts
Why Hunting Is Good?
Why do we like playing online games? Because there is a target to kill, a property to acquire, a battle to win. We thrive on overcoming the mental challenge these games bring.
There is a long discussion about whether hunting is really good. Some conservatives say it destroys the environmental equilibrium. But since time immemorial, we have already been hunting to survive.
It is the circle of life and is organic to living creatures as long as there is due respect of the environment, and with discipline, a regulated form of hunting can be safely practiced without wiping out any species.
To better appreciate hunting, we have to see the whole picture. It is not merely a mode of survival; it is a skill to be honed, a sport or hobby to be enjoyed.
For a hunter, the benefits are personal, social and even environmental.
Man and animal can co-exist and enjoy a symbiotic relationship, with no one species winning or losing, to make this world sustainable for every creature.
7 Undeniable Benefits Of Hunting
BENEFIT 1: PHYSICAL – IT PROMOTES GOOD HEALTH
- Meat from hunting game is usually lean and a good source of protein. It is healthier to consume. We refer to meat from deer, elk, game birds, even rabbits which have less fat content.
- To make meat last longer, after cleaning and cutting to smaller portions, this can be vacuum-sealed by the game savers and frozen. Even months after, it will taste as fresh as the day it was hunted.
- It is also organic food, without preservatives or chemicals to make them grow fast or grow fat. Being all natural, it can provide the best and freshest nutrients.
- Hunting is actually perfect personal exercise, removing us from the confines, comforts of the couch and TV, thus relieve stress effectively.
- We hike into the woods, sometimes with heavy gear to carry. We even brave natural elements like the weather, growth of shrubs and trees.
- It is an exercise on balance. It makes use of the core muscles in our bodies and requires proper posture and stability when shooting at the target. And this has to be done as quietly as possible, without alerting the prey.
- We consistently strengthen our abdominal muscles through an exercise to avoid hurting our backs because carrying a 13 lbs.-rifle alone through hours of walking on unpaved terrain can already be hard work.
BENEFIT 2: ENVIRONMENTAL – IT CONSERVES WILDLIFE
- Our state and federal governments provide regulated hunting, and it benefits the conservation of the animals. All these are funded to some extent by the fees collected from hunters for licenses and taxes.
- Over time, hunters have helped in restoring species that almost became extinct, like wild turkeys. It is a whole country of biologists studying wildlife, working with legislators to establish laws on their protection, breeding, the establishment of habitat and regulated hunting.
- When hunting is regulated, the state specifies the animals that can be hunted, and in some cases, even the number allowed to be shot. With proper implementation, the law conserves wildlife.
- Hunters develop a deeper appreciation and respect for the environment, and we strive harder to study and understand animals. We work harder to create a more sustainable environment, because animals, like humans, are renewable. We continue to populate.
- What would happen to our eco-system if hunting is not allowed? We will have the problem of overpopulation. Perhaps we would live in a world where animals outnumbered humans. In the end, there may not even be enough land to accommodate all of us.
BENEFIT 3: SOCIAL – IT BUILDS RELATIONSHIPS
- Hunting is a social activity done with friends and family. My wife and I sometimes go fishing, and it has developed a closer relationship for us. In the middle of nowhere with no technology, we are meant to talk and just enjoy each other’s company.
- Online communities specific to hunting also abound. There usually are active discussions about relevant issues, particularly about ethical practices and state laws.
- Hunters traveling from other states take to heart the advice given by local hunters. Bloggers and vloggers demonstrate and review equipment, and give out useful tips for beginners.
- There is a different kind of kinship or even brotherhood among hunters. Out in the wild, we trust each other to be safe. While some prefer to hunt alone, I would rather be with other hunters who got my back.
- And because hunters know best, we band together as an organized group when there are laws that stifle us or even to stand for causes that we believe in.
- True enough, there is power in numbers, and on numerous occasions, this support we show each other and the values we believe in have gotten the attention of legislators.
- Hunting is a tradition, and culture by itself passed on from one generation to the next. To some extent, it remains constant from one community to another, thus creating a social impact.
BENEFIT 4: MENTAL – IT CHALLENGES YOUR SURVIVAL INSTINCTS
- To catch your prey, you have to act like it. That is the challenge of hunting, outwitting your prey and even outwitting the other hunters, to be able to get the target first.
- There are the other challenges of weather, temperature, nature and the terrain, with the intent to survive through it.
- To succeed in hunting, we learn and practice new skills. We study physics when we gauge how fast the bullet would reach the deer. We engage in biology when we identify its species and when we clean and prepare the animal for consumption.
- In the world of the wild, the hunter is the more fragile creature, although the animal is the one being hunted. We are the intruders in their environment and have to fight and struggle to survive, but they are organic to the wild, so we are the ones at a disadvantage. To survive and win over them, we use our brains and our skills.
BENEFIT 5: MORAL – IT PROMOTES DISCIPLINE
- I quote this from the patron saint of hunters, St. Hubertus: “wildlife must not be just hunted, but equally important is the conservation and understanding of the importance of wildlife in nature and based on this, the restraint of one’s passion.”
- Hunting is about control. We may be very passionate about it or be very skilled that we want to win that trophy, but restraint has to be used to avoid hurting ourselves and the environment.
- US high schools have subjects that encourage youth to be more active, to enjoy the outdoors. In some schools, they have started teaching the basics of hunting, like using firearms. But more than the skills, they teach proper attitude and mindset, the importance of self-discipline, personal safety and resilience to survive the wild.
- When the youth are mentored on values, it creates leaders in them. In the end, we cultivate not only the culture of hunting but the development of leaders.
BENEFIT 6: SPIRITUAL – IT CONNECTS YOU WITH NATURE
- Hunting is connecting with nature. It is difficult to describe but easily felt when one is in the field or mountains. We can’t help but be awed by the majesty of sunrise and the colors of the sunset. It is the realization that there is someone bigger than us, who made all this creation.
- As one hunter aptly described it, we hunt not for food, but inner peace. It is that inner peace away from the daily grind of existence, from pressures of work and family responsibilities. It is time for meditation, for complete alertness. Waiting for prey to stop moving, or for a fish to bite requires absolute quiet with only the sound of nature singing its songs.
- There is communion with the prey in its death. It is as spiritual as sharing its spirit, and although I know the conservation of wildlife is a science and the food it provides a necessity, the unseen connection is felt.
- Getting the hunt gives a different kind of achievement. Whether it is winning a trophy for it, and just being able to bring home the food for our family, it is reaping the rewards of the hard work.
BENEFIT 7: FINANCIAL – IT EARNS
- I have a food business of providing meats to restaurants and grocers. This opportunity started with hunting. When I was not yet married, I would go on extended hunting trips with friends and bring back more than I could consume even when I would give some away. I started selling them, and the rest is history.
- Hunting is a source of income for the hunter. It is an important business and one that is also sustainable as mother nature continues to replenish.
- Hunting provides revenue for programs that support and protect the environment. The government collects license fees and taxes on equipment. It builds shelters and conservatories, pays for professionals to study animals and their habitat.
- Idle land is developed to provide recreational activities like fishing, kayaking, camping and the like. Once exposed to the outdoors, those who experience it naturally segue to hunting.
This world was created for man and animals to share. As nature has intended it, we enjoy a mutually symbiotic relationship. We need them, and they need us.
Hunting is not about just killing; there is a bigger picture of wildlife protection and conservation.
Hunting is not just about winning over the prey; it is a personal experience with health, social, spiritual and economic benefits.
And let us not forget, hunting is meant to be enjoyed. Let’s go out there and enjoy it.