The Pros and Cons of Hunting

In today's world, the pros and cons of hunting may not be apparently clear, as hunting for sustenance has largely given way to hunting for sport. Even so, hunting still plays in an important role in the environment. But at what cost? Let's take a look at some of the positives and negatives of hunting.

The Cons Of Hunting
One glaring negative of hunting for sport is over hunting. This occurs when hunters kill too many of a species, threatening their survival. This is not much of an issue today, at least in the US, as regulations prevent the hunting of endangered animals. However, in the not-so-distant past, some species were hunted to near extinction, like the American Buffalo. The cougar was also locally exterminated in most areas of the country to protect livestock. However, the elimination of such an apex predator led to explosions in the deer population.

The Positives Of Hunting
Hunting is a great outdoor experience providing fresh air and plenty of exercise. An experienced hunter is knowledgeable about nature and wildlife. Hunting is also an important survival skill to have if you ever find yourself stranded in the wild. It wasn't that long ago when humans had to hunt to survive. Guided hunting or hunting in groups also provides for good bonding and social experiences.

Hunting also leads to animal population control. Although some predators have been eliminated, today that role is being filled by man who enjoys hunting deer for sport. Therefore, the hunting is necessary to restore nature's balance.

Although rare, inevitably there are going to be hunting accidents. Most of these are caused when hunters mistake other hunters for prey. It is important to exercise safe hunting practices and wear proper clothing to identify yourself to other hunters to avoid injury or death. When done right and for the right reasons, hunting can be a safe, fun and valuable activity. Once you've familiarized yourself with the pros and cons of hunting, it's up to you to decide where you stand. 

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