Every year the stupidity of some people who call themselves hunters never ceases to amaze me. Someone shot a mule deer buck in Uptown Butte Montana, out of season and breaking local firearms laws. Sometimes you just can’t make this stuff up.
Every one of us as a sportsman is an ambassador for the lifestyle that we live and love. We have a responsibility to educate the public that these are not the things that we as hunters support or do. We cannot allow the poor representation of what poachers do hurt our cause.
It doesn’t take long scrolling through social media to see that the anti hunters are out in full force, especially this time of year. They comment on every success photo they see making sure we are aware they think we aren’t real men. They threaten to harm us and our families because we have destroyed an animal’s family. You and I know that this isn’t how the animal world works and we know that there is no bigger proponent for the species we hunt than ourselves.
To turn the tide, here are a few things that we can do to help the non hunting public see the best of who we are as hunters.
- Report wildlife violations when you see them. Everyone wins when we follow game laws and police ourselves. Chances are this isn’t the first violation the poacher in Butte has committed, if someone reports the violator then it will be the last.
- Take the time to take good pictures at the kill site and post those to social media. That picture of you and buddies standing over your bull while you field dress him may be a great memory. To the non-hunting public this looks gruesome and over violent, make sure what you post on social media is tactful. The better the pictures the better your chances of being published as well.
- Be involved. There are more conservation organizations out there than I can count. Do your research, pick your cause and donate. Comment when things like grizzly bear delisting is proposed and attend meetings when new regulations come around in your state.
If we all practice these things we may just beat the anti hunters at their own game. Involved, educated, tactful people are always a force to be reckoned with. Make sure you tag us with the #myhuntstory hashtag in your social media and we may just send you a hat and T-shirt for participating!
See you in the field!