Hunting: an Act of Conservation

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Wendy Simpson
ENG 101
Instructor: Magda Sokolowski
August 4, 1025
Hunting: An Act of Conservation
Some would say hunting is simply a sport, while others would say it provides assistance in conservation efforts. “Conservation is defined as a careful preservation and protection of something; especially planned management of a natural resource to prevent exploitation, destruction, or neglect” (Merriam-Webster, n.d.) Hunting serves as an act of conservation, by assisting in population control, while also providing funding for wildlife management through the Robertson Pittman Act and hunter created funding groups. While hunting continues to be disagreed upon for various reasons, the effects of hunting have been and will continue to
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In addition, hunters have provided the funding to purchase 86.3 million acres of state wildlife management areas. The ability to purchase such properties is funded through the sale of hunting and fishing license, firearm sales, and ammunition sales thanks in part to the Robertson Pittman Act. The sales of licenses, firearms, and ammunition are a large contributor of funding for wildlife management and conservation (Paulson, 2012).

Hunter Created Funding Groups
Hunters have created many groups that contribute to conservation funding both privately and publicly. Some examples of these groups include Ducks Unlimited, National
Wild Turkey Federation, US Sportsman’s Alliance Foundation, Whitetails Unlimited, Boone and Crockett Club, and Trout Unlimited. These organizations seek to serve as advocacy groups for sportsmen. However, game and habitat conservation are typically part of their mission. This ensures that healthy populations remain for future hunters and enthusiast.

Ducks Unlimited is probably one of the better known groups. They specifically seek to conserve wetlands and provide valuable habitat for North American waterfowl. Nearly three quarters of America’s remaining wetlands are on private land (How DU Conserves
Wetlands and Waterfowl, n.d.). Ducks Unlimited works with
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