The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) recently published a series of five infographics detailing the contributions of hunters across the United States. For those of us who hunt, we know how vital our contributions are to conservation and the economy as a whole, but there are still people who believe that hunting is detrimental to the environment. The NSSF helps put some of these fears to rest with these informative banners.
Recognizing that the connection between hunting and conservation can seem counterintuitive, NSSF has developed a series of infographics to help the public, particularly non-hunters, better understand hunting and hunters. In truth, the values of today’s socially and environmentally conscious society are closely related to that of hunters’. To help illustrate this, NSSF chose to address five things “You may be Surprised to know about hunting,” which is the title of its campaign involving five informative infographics.
Hunter-supported taxes on equipment and license fees have afforded wildlife agencies the money to be able to acquire and maintain land for the conservation of game and non-game species. This land also provides space for outdoor recreational activities such as hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking, camping and more.
Hunters demonstrate their respect for regulated hunting by taking hunter safety education courses, following the rules of ethical hunting, and adhering to regulations, seasons and permit procedures that differ from state to state and species to species in order to help strategically manage wildlife.
Hunters helped create a sustainable conservation model allowing Americans to participate in regulated hunting that supports the conservation of wildlife. This model, which was so successful it has been adopted around the world, has helped restore species such as Wild Turkeys, Rocky Mountain Elk and others, some that were on the brink of vanishing forever.
In the old days, people regularly hunted for their food. Today, as many strive to know more about where their food comes from and how it will affect their health, they are turning back to wild game, the most organic and sustainable meat source in the world, to provide the best nutrients for their body and the most natural life for the animal.
Hunting is a highly regulated tool that plays an important role in wildlife management. Biologist study wildlife populations, habitats and food, then work with legislators to establish regulations on hunting that will keep wildlife populations in balance, as well as promote growth and breeding, as habitat allows.