Hunting is fun. But without scouting knowing how to hunt becomes less important. Scouting during the post season is very important for success. If a hunter wants to make the most of next season, start now and collect as much information as you can. Don’t wait until next summer or fall to start the process. Start it now. Here is how to do it.
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It’s a sad fact, but hunters are sometimes misunderstood by those who haven’t been exposed to this way of life. There are a select few that undeservedly label us as heartless killers who just want to see the blood run red. Those who believe that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Hunting is a means to provide. Don’t think so? It is. It has been since the beginning of time when God created this world. It even states in the bible that hunting is a good thing.
Now then, get your equipment–your quiver and bow–and go out to the open country to hunt some wild game for me. (Genesis 27:3)
Hunting is also necessary for healthy population numbers. Numerous cases have proven that without hunters, whitetail populations would go unchecked. Therefore, disease, starvation and other horrific deaths would take their toll. That’s not to mention roadways and public safety. Hunters are beneficial to wildlife.
Lastly, to address this fully, hunters do enjoy hunting. As a hunter, I enjoy going out and hunting for deer. I enjoy the time spent afield with family and friends. I enjoy working hard to find game to hunt. I enjoy having my bow in hand as I move through the forest. I was born a hunter. I was bred a hunter. I hunt. And I hunt just as men and women have been doing for thousands of years.
But it isn’t about the kill. It isn’t about the happiness that we may or may not get from taking a life. It isn’t that at all. It’s about the connection with friends and family. It’s about the connection with nature. It’s about using our natural resources to sustain our bodies with nutrition just as the wolf, mountain lion, bear and other canines do. And the deer mounts you see? Those aren’t ruthless wall hangings with the sole purpose of displaying the dead. Those we keep near to us to help preserve our memories in the field – because as you know, memories are stronger and last longer when you have something tangible to represent the intangible.
The millions of hunters across this beautiful country that hunt alongside me – well, they understand. We hope that those of you who haven’t been exposed to our true way of life will soon understand as well. Look past the fallacies that non-hunters often put before your eyes. Stand with the majority. Stand with the near 80 percent of Americans who realize that hunting is necessary. Become someone who knows that hunting is clean, hunting is pure and hunting is good.
Hunting is becoming more popular across the country. More people are realizing that hunting is not only beneficial for wildlife, but for humanity as well. People are realizing that: hunting is a great method for obtaining food, venison is a healthy low-cholesterol meat and that they can have fun while in the field hunting.
What many people do not realize is that hunters and whitetails have an unspoken working relationship? I must be crazy for saying that right? Well, let’s look at a few things before saying that just yet. Hunters are whitetails number one supporter. Here’s the proof.
According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, sportsmen give nearly $8 million every day and $2.9 billion every year. Most of this money is derived through hunting license sales and donations. Hunters care about wildlife.
Furthermore, in the last 80 years, hunters have paid over $14 billion for “on-the-ground” projects. This has occurred in all 50 states. This has directly affected wildlife in a positive way so that populations are much higher today than during the 20th century.
Whitetails are among the best examples to prove this. In 1900 less than 500,000 deer roamed the United States. According to the Quality Deer Management Association, today there are over 32 million whitetails. This has been a result of good management practices and conservation projects funded by hunters.
Pictured here is Phillip Vanderpool with a whitetail he killed with a compound bow.
Hunters care about wildlife. And that is why they are the leading advocate for whitetails’ health and well-being. Many out there would like to be able to say otherwise. But the simple truth is that hunters are first for wildlife. Hunters are first for whitetails.
Overpopulation of whitetails is a bad thing for motorists. When populations breech capacity accidents increase, damage occurs and people get hurt. This is the reason more urban deer hunting is needed.
Car accident percentages are astounding. The Insurance Journal reported in 2012 that whitetails cause approximately 200 deaths and $4 billion dollars in damage per year. Those are two numbers that can be reduced by allowing hunters to effectively manage deer herds.
Hunters believe there is no way good hunting can be had if there are houses and streets in site. Those who live in urban areas typically think hunting will put them in severe danger. Both couldn’t be more false.
Hunting actually makes roadways safer. It reduces chances of having negative health impacts. Most urban areas permit bowhunting. And some permit gun hunting as well. Either way, don’t think a hunter will shoot you dead just because one is near your home. Chances of injury are extremely minute. That number is especially lower when hunting with a bow.
Most urban areas are seeing a flux in deer populations. The trend seems to find deer inhabiting urban areas because they know they aren’t hunted there. Stay ahead of the curve and start getting permission to hunt such areas. Your trophy wall and deep freeze will be fuller if you do.
Hunting is crucial for a healthy suburban life. If you don’t want to hunt, allow someone else to hunt the area for you. Both you and your neighbors will be safer if you do.
Our roadways are much safer when hunters keep whitetail populations in check. Photo by Josh Honeycutt
Whitetails in urban areas that aren’t hunted are a recipe for disaster. Photo by Josh Honeycutt
Many farmers grow crops just outside of suburban areas. Deer that become overpopulated in urban areas damage nearby crops. Photo by Josh Honeycutt
Whitetails in urban areas damage yards as well. Photo by Josh Honeycutt
This whitetail paid no mind as I parked on the side of the road and snapped her photograph. Photo by Josh Honeycutt
Deer crossing signs are becoming much more common in cities and suburban areas. Photo by Josh Honeycutt
Whitetails are healthier and grow bigger when populations aren’t over capacity. Photo by Josh Honeycutt
Hunters help keep the roadways safer by humanely harvesting deer. Photo by Josh Honeycutt
Hunting has come a long way in the last few decades. Hunter numbers have increased exponentially and the sport is becoming more popular as a whole. People are finally starting to see the value of quality deer management and how it affects humans’ safety and whitetails’ health alike.
Here the author of the blog, Bucks In The ‘Burbs, takes aim with his compound bow. Photo by Chantal Honeycutt
According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s most recent survey, approximately 12.5 million people ages 16 and older hunted in 2006. Simply put, hunting is cool now. Hunting allows us to effectively manage whitetail populations. It also helps to prevent vehicle collisions, malnutrition, starvation, disease and overpopulation.
People are also learning that hunting in urban areas can be just as productive as in rural areas. Whitetails are realizing they don’t receive as much hunting pressure near urbanized areas and thus inhabit such locations. Hunters are now taking advantage of this new style of hunting. Those who do are helping to create a new breed of hunter.
For those interested in learning more about urban hunting tactics, visit this page on tactical approaches for urban bowhunting.
Multiple states are also taking to “urban hunts” where hunters are allowed to hunt in certain areas that lie within the city limits. Others have yet to incorporate this management practice. Most cities allow bowhunting within city limits. This video on whitetails in suburbia comes from CBC News.
Hunting is a necessity for both healthy wildlife populations and a healthy society. It allows for effective game management. And it makes our roadways safer to travel. Hunting is necessary. Hunting is appropriate. Hunting is good.