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Hunters Need To Set Aside Their Differences and Stand Together

Hunters need to set aside their differences and stand togetherThere are fifty states in America and each state has its own set of rules and regulations for hunting.  Some states can use bait to lure game to enter an area, some states cannot.  Some states allow crossbows to be used by the general public, some states do not.  Some states allow hunting on Sundays, some states do not.  Some states have different types of games available to hunt.  Florida may not have grizzly bears, but Alaska does not have alligators.  Each one of the fifty states are unique and offer different climates and types of geography for hunters to explore.  States have different rules and that produces hunters with different sets of ethics.  Hunters are raised in different areas of the country and have different ideas about what is right and what is wrong when it comes to hunting.  Hunters need to set aside their differences and stand together in order to present a strong, positive front to the public.

We May Do Things Differently, But We Do It For The Same Reasons

The joy of the outdoors.  The love of the hunt.  types of bowsThe thrill of making a shot.  The satisfaction of providing food for your family.  The pride of displaying your trophies on the walls of your home.  We may do things differently, but deep down we do it for the same reason. We love to hunt.   You might use a compound bow, she might use a crossbow, and he is using a traditional bow that he made by himself.  Does it really matter who uses what as long as they are doing something that they love?  Joe, who lives down the street, only hunts with a rifle.  Joe’s cousin, Jeff, lives in Illinois and only hunts with a shotgun.  Jeff’s Dad, who lives in New York, only hunts with a muzzleloader.  Dan only hunts white-tailed deer.  Denny hunts turkeys and white-tailed deer.  Don is a huge waterfowl hunter, only waterfowl, nothing else.  Does it matter what they are hunting?  Does hunting deer make a person more of a hunter than hunting waterfowl?  Does using a muzzleloader make a person more of a hunter than using a rifle?  The answer to all of these questions is quite simple, a small two-letter word,  and that two-letter word is “No.”  We may do things differently, but we do it for the same reasons.  No two people are exactly the same and no two hunters are exactly the same.  Hunters may be different, but all hunters share one thing… Hunters hunt.

Respect One Another

Differences can lead to arguments, and arguments can get ugly. argue Hunters argue over what way is the right way to hunt, which equipment is the right equipment to hunt with, and why certain some animals should live and others should die.  Arguments should not happen.  Hunters should respect one another enough to be able to have a reasonable discussion about their differences without humiliating one another.  Ask a reasonable question.  Listen to the answer.  Process the information received before disputing the answer. Hunters need to set aside their differences and stand together, Think before you speak.  Anti-hunters probably smile when they observe two hunters arguing about their differences.  Anti-hunters probably celebrate when they observe two hunters trying to humiliate one another.  Anti-hunters do not understand why we do what we do to begin with, so they could certainly never understand why two hunters would argue over hunting.  Respect one another enough to have a discussion instead of having an argument.  There may never be an agreement, but at least you can learn to respect each others differences.

Mind Your Manners in the Eyes of Social Media

Billy Smith bumps into John Doe at the local market and they begin to have a discussion about hunting white-tailed deer.  Billy has seven kids and he hunts deer to feed his family.  Billy follows the laws and harvests game legally.  John also follows the laws and harvests game legally, but he only hunts for trophy sized bucks.  John is not happy that Billy recently harvested a six-point buck.  Can you see where this discussion is leading?  This discussion could quickly turn into a heated argument.  This is taking place at the local market, not in the eyes of the social media.  John and Billy may exchange words about why one is hunting differently from the other, but you and I may never know about it. Hunters need to set aside their differences and stand together

Jane Smith just started hunting last year and she likes to wear pink camouflage clothing.  Mary Murphy has hunted all of her life and she only wears camouflage clothing made by Realtree.  Betty Brown has been hunting for ten years and she only wears camouflage clothing made by Mossy Oak.  Three women, three different styles, and three different opinions.  All three women have one thing in common, all three women love to go hunting.  What would happen if these women would sit down and have brunch together?  You and I will never know.  What would happen if these three women started discussing their differences online?  The entire country could find out.

socialmediaMind your manners in the eyes of social media.  Be careful what you type when you are online.  You never know how many people may read that tweet on Twitter or who may see that post on Facebook.  We are hunters.  We are proud.  We carry on the traditions of our ancestors.  We do not need to disrespect each other for the world to see.  We can agree to disagree without humiliating one another.  Sometimes people interact differently when they are not face-to-face with one another.  Anti-hunters are quick to say nasty things to hunters online.  They are quick to make threats and belittle hunters for posting pictures of harvests.  Would the anti-hunter be brave enough to say the same things directly to the face of a hunter?  I doubt they would.  Hunters need to rise above the level of anti-hunters and treat each other with respect even when they disagree, both online and face-to-face.  Hunters need to set aside their differences and stand together.

Be proud that you are a hunter.  Make others be proud that you are a hunter.  Pass the pride to the next generation of hunters.  It is up to us to keep hunting alive, so let’s set aside our differences and stand together to make it happen.

Thanks for reading and happy hunting to you all!

 

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Amy Sward

About the Author:

Hello, my name is Amy and I have lived in Central Pennsylvania all of my life. I was born into a family of outdoorsmen, hunting and fishing have always been part of my life. My dad started taking me hunting with him when I was a little girl. He also taught me how to fish for trout in local creeks. The first day of deer season and the first day of trout season were like holidays in our household.

My grandfather enjoyed trapping and as a teenager I often went along with him to check the traps. Raccoons, red fox, and grey fox were harvested from the traps in the woods and muskrats were harvested from the traps by the Juniata River. I have many fond memories of trapping with my grandfather.

I have enjoyed hunting small game and hunting whitetail deer in rifle season over the years. This year I am branching out and trying some new things. I went duck hunting in January and enjoyed it very much. I went spring gobbler hunting in May and loved it! I purchased a crossbow and will be entering the woods for white-tailed deer during archery season for the first time in October.

I enjoy sharing my love of the outdoors with my family. Camping and kayaking are popular activities. I love to hunt and fish with my three nephews and my grandson. My two granddaughters enjoy fishing and hopefully they will show interest in hunting in the future. They love to go spotlighting for deer, and hopefully someday they will love to go hunting for them also.

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