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Does Hunting Help or Hurt the Environment?: Scientific American

Does Hunting Help or Hurt the Environment?: Scientific American | effect of hunting on the environment aspect 3 | Scoop.it
The answer to this question depends on who is asked
Matt Oravec's comment, March 17, 2013 2:25 PM
it all depends on who you ask to which answer you get about the pros vs. the cons of hunting. the people that are for hunting will say that hunting is completely natural and animals has been hunted or has hunted in its lifetime. since humans have killed of a number of predators it is almost our duty to keep the animals these predators use to hunt in line and keep the populations down. if we do not do this then these animal herds will become overpopulated.
Matt Oravec's comment, March 17, 2013 2:32 PM
now if you ask people that are against hunting, they will say that it is terrible to do this to these wild animals no matter how good the intentions are. some people say that hunting causes huge amounts of suffering and damage to the animals and the entire herds of these animals and that we only do it for pleasure. and the ways that we license certain animals can lead to overpopulation in various animal species making the environments less diverse which harms the habitats and environment.
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1. What do you think the best way to hunt and preserve the animal populations would be?

2. Are animals affected that greatly by hunting or are we just another predator to them?

3. Should the game commission do anything different to protect the animal population?  If so, how?

4. Have the changes the game commission made in the past for the better, or has it made it worse and how?

5. In what ways does hunting help the economy?

6. In what ways does it hurt the economy?

7. What area of hunting is most profitable to stores?

8. Does hunting help boost our environments condition? if so, how?

9. Does hunting hurt our environment? if so, how?

10. Some people have said hunters have an unfair advantage over the animals, what would you say to people who think this way?


1.Around the turn of the last century some forward thinking sportsmen noted the demise of our natural spaces and wildlife.  Men like Gilford Pincho, Teddy Rosevelt and others saw the potential loss of this precious resource due to the industrial revolution and farming changes.  Unrestricted timbering, mining and market hunting practices were destroying our country. Sportsmen developed fish and game commissions.  The Pennsylvania Game Commission was established in 1895.  It was not funded by the State's general fund but through hunting and fishing license revenues paid by hunters and fisherman. These commissions established limitations on game harvesting, as well as began purchasing lands for the preservation of open public spaces for all to enjoy. Animals such as the American Bison, Antelope, Whitetailed Deer, were brought back from the edge of extinction. The establishment by sportsmen of these agencies has preserved and in many cases increase wildlife populations and hunting opportunities.


2.  We have seen where many resources if left to unrestricted harvest will eventually run out.  The American Passenger Pigeon once darkened our skys with billions but vanished by the changes in the environment through industrialization, farming techinques, population shifts and market hunting.  We are the apex preditor that wised up to regulated hunting and environmental changes to preserve our wildlife resources.  Research, adjustments to regulations, wildlife limits and continued vigilance to environmental factors will help assure our wildlife will thrive.


3.  The Pennsylvania Game Commission is constantly researching ways to protect wildlife populations.  Example of this are:  Whitenose Bat Fungal Research;  Whitetail Deer Management Program;  Elk Environmental Study; to mention a few. 


4.  The Pennsylvania Game Commission is primarily funded by hunting license dollars.  There has not been a license increase in many years and funds are are tight.  Pitman Robinson and natural resources from game lands are the only other funds availablle.  Obviously, limitations on personell, research, and the ability to protect our wildlife resources is affected.


5.  Hunting is a multi-million dollar generator to the economy of Pennsylvania. Many businesses rely on the revenues from hunters.  Food, transportation costs, sporting goods, lodging, are but a few of the  areas hunters affect through their dollars. Hunting is Big Business!


6.Negative affects of hunting on the economy are not easy to think of other than possibly the Sunday, before Buck Season opener.  Possibly Church collection plates are a bit lighter due to attendance!


7.Each hunting season probably generate increases relative to the season.  For example, Spring Gobbler Season, the weeks coming up to it probably generate increases in turkey calls, decoys, ammunition.  Same for each particular season with Archery being one of the leaders for sales.  Obviously, automotive, and food service see increases.


8.  Hunting has helped environmental awareness.  Excise taxes on sporting equipment through the Pittman Robinson Act help in acquiring wildlife lands available to all to use for recreation.  As mentioned in question #1, conservationist hunters were in the leading ranks to set lands aside for all of us and future generations.


9.  As to hurting the environment, hunting has had only a positive impact on preserving 'wild' areas.  Lawless despoilers and greedy individuals like poachers are not hunters but criminals and their negative impact must be checked.


10.  Intereting question because through the ages humans have hunted.  Our evolution to what we are today has happened due to our ability to adapt and invent.  Modern hunting continues to change as does our population. We have many items to help us in our lives.  Those who hunt have tools our fathers would have never invisioned.  GPS, cell phones, modern clothing textiles, hunting tools but in  that final moment  as you squeeze that trigger you are the desider and your quarry is partly your goal just as that neolithic caveman used his mind as the ultimate tool many centuries ago. You use what you have, is it fair?  That's a decison each hunter makes.  It is the human in all of us.


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Hunting: Good for the Environment

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Matt Oravec's comment, March 17, 2013 12:10 PM
when some people think of hunters they think of rednecks that just kill anything for fun and don't care about anything. this, however, is not true. most hunters are very determined to make the sport better for future hunters by making sure the habitats are well preserved and the animal populations are also at stable numbers. the small amount of hunters that do not care about all of this don't realize that if the habitats aren't preserved then there won't be any animals for them to hunt in the future.
Matt Oravec's comment, March 17, 2013 12:18 PM
the bad reputation given to some hunters is false. hunters are actually the biggest source of conservation the wild has. because there are large amounts of land being taken from animals, and the populations of the animal herds are still growing, the animals are just pushing into the areas populated by people so we need to do something about it. hunters have the answers to both of these problems and they work on them all of the time.
Matt Oravec's comment, March 17, 2013 12:24 PM
a big part of hunters lives and how they help the environment is that they become involved with conservation groups. they mainly are concerned with taking care of the wild and boosting the numbers of healthy animals in those areas. by doing this they also end up increasing the habitat to help all of the other animals in the area when they try to help the animals they wish to hunt. two different organizations that do this are Ducks Unlimited, and Delta Waterfowl. their main concern is to help the waterfowl populations grow but they also help more animals in the process. "When these groups buyback and establish new wetland areas the multitude of other species such as frogs, blue herons, fish, hawks, and numerous other species are reaping the benefits of improved habitat."
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Hunting for the Health of It: Environmental | Wisconsin DNR

Hunting for the Health of It: Environmental | Wisconsin DNR | effect of hunting on the environment aspect 3 | Scoop.it
Part of the attraction of a favorite deer hunting spot is the opportunity to wrap oneself in the rejuvenating effects of the natural environment, which for some will bring a sense of peak performance, and for others perhaps that ...
Matt Oravec's comment, March 18, 2013 10:39 PM
the thing that influences how the deer populations are is definitely the plants and food sources that are available.this is not the only thing that has an effect on them but it is one of the biggest. it is extremely hard for the deer to be healthy in an area that doesn't have good food there. but deer do have the capability to live in different types of habitats.
Matt Oravec's comment, March 18, 2013 10:48 PM
to make sure that the animals are surviving and have enough food for you to hunt them well, is to keep your land prosperous with plants they can eat. and becoming aware of what plants you do or do not have will optimize your chances of being successful in the field. keeping tabs on your troublesome bushes and plants is a good step in the right direction, and this means all year around, not just in hunting seasons. "Several species of honeysuckle and buckthorn are the last deciduous shrubs to hold their leaves, and really stand out right now. Because they are the first to pop their leaves out in the spring, and last to drop them, they have a competitive advantage over native vegetation and will quickly spread, displacing preferred plants." these plants provide no help to the deer at all.
Matt Oravec's comment, March 18, 2013 10:52 PM
the best way to deal with smaller plants is to just pull them out. there are however, bigger ones that might require more work to get them out such as plants that have larger stumps. doing this will benefit everything in the environment including all of the good plants, the animals, and even your kids too.