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Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by daiello91, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. daiello91

    daiello91 NW Oregon Active Member

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    POINT#1
    Sustainable: "of, relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged" merriam-webster

    Next time some tree huger tries to go off on you for hunting tell them the definition of sustainable and how hunting is one of the truly sustainable & organic/free range means of food available. See if they have an answer to that.

    POINT #2
    Ask them if the consider themselves a conservationist? If they say yes tell them the definition;

    Conservation: "To use carefully or sparingly, avoiding waste"

    Then go on to explain that the state regulates hunting permits to protect the species from depletion or permanent damage. Which ties right into being sustainable.

    They may go on about defenseless animals this or trophy hunting, but just stick to your guns. "If you eat meat then you are less sustainable than me. 1 deer can provide 65-100lbs of meat for my family how many trips to the grocery store does that take you? Besides that deer roamed free its entire life until I ethically harvested it".


    POINT #3
    A final point may be to talk about how much hunter dollars contribute to wildlife & habitat PRESERVATION/Restoration throughout the entire united states annually (including non-hunting wildlife). To the tune of apx $170 million annually. How much do anti-hunting, animal rights and pro-wolf groups provide to the states? A big fat zero.


    Lets make it a point of being on the OFFENSIVE, not defensive. Educate those that make those passing comments when you're in camo just don't shrug them off. Talk to the people in the checkout line at the grocery store or clerk.

    If they're actually willing to listen to reason they will see the light and maybe you can get someone to be more open to hunting.
     
  2. FatherHolyHoly

    FatherHolyHoly MN Active Member

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    POINT #.5
    Make sure your friends, co-workers and family are interested in having a discussion about the topic or the "education" may come off as a lecture.


    If someone does not respect hunting, it may be difficult to change their opinion with words. Your actions will have much more influence.
    While I do not agree with sport/trophy hunting, I do understand and even envy those that responsibly hunt to put food on the table.
     
  3. daiello91

    daiello91 NW Oregon Active Member

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    Valid point regarding the discussion, although if they maKe the initial contact then if it does come across as a lecture its moot. As for trophy hunting remember that while there #1 goal maybe different than those doing so for communion with nature and food it is illegal to waste meat. Therefore the end result is all the same.
     
  4. FatherHolyHoly

    FatherHolyHoly MN Active Member

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    I was unaware of that legality. For those that follow the law, I would then agree, the end result is the same.
    I am now reminded of a bush pilot who ate very well due to the donations of Alaskan Trophy hunters.
     
  5. DonovanJay

    DonovanJay Southern Oregon Member

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    The issues for those opposed to hunting seem to be more related to the humane treatment of animals. For those who disdain hunting, it is wrong to kill animals for sport. I don't think they they see it as a way for us to feed our families or as a service to the environment. To some, predatory behavior should be restricted to vegetation. Yet you won't see anyone shed a tear for the carrots... shame.
     
  6. FatherHolyHoly

    FatherHolyHoly MN Active Member

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    I feel it morally wrong to kill animals for the sheer pleasure of it, but no, I do not disdain hunting.
     
  7. DonovanJay

    DonovanJay Southern Oregon Member

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    Yes but there is a difference between hunting animals and killing animals for no reason. I don't think alot of people understand or care what the difference is, only being interested in the result.