What are the Pros and Cons of Hunting?

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Before I started hunting I always considered hunting to be unethical. Why would anyone kill an innocent animal for fun? With time I came to learn that it was not all fun and games, sometimes it is employed as a measure to control the animal population in some areas. Other reasons for hunting is for food, pest control, and safety. By safety, I mean getting rid of animals that are likely to be a danger to you. So, what are the pros and cons of hunting?

The gradual change in hunting techniques has brought about very many advantages in the hunting scene. However, it has also dragged along several cons with it. Our ancestors employed the use of simple tools in their approaches, nowadays rifles dominate this field. The use of rifles is the most effective approach; however, the cons related to its use are not ones we can look past.

In the past, it was a necessity for basic needs. However, nowadays it is for recreational purposes and in some regions a competitive sport. 

Pros of Hunting

Source of Food

The main objective of hunting has always been to get meat from wild animals. This meat adds a variety to our menu since there are thousands of species to hunt from the wild.

To those who are only limited to gathering, it is an excellent alternative to acquire a more healthy and tasty diet.

Physical Benefit

To the hunter, there is a lot of walking and hiking in the woods, creating room for regular exercise which has ideal benefits to their physical structure. Most of the woods where hunting takes place are untouched, clearing, and jumping over the blockades is an excellent exercise for your limbs. All through these hikes, they carry along with heavy weapons.

Apart from walking, the activity of holding certain positions for long positions to achieve a clear shot can act as an exercise to their bone structure.

Acquaintance with Nature

To call yourself a good hunter, you require to be one with Mother Nature. During the hunting season, hunters spend weeks in the woods. This amount of time in the dense forests will give them a better understanding of their surroundings.

Understanding the environment entails being familiar with animal patterns, habitats, and characteristics. You can track animals by recognizing their prints, and since I cannot yet do so, it almost makes me jealous of hunters.

Gain Survival Skills

Hunters get a first-hand experience with the wild, and this will improve their survival skills. At night, the forest crawls with vicious predators. If not a survivalist, you cannot last a night.

However, a hunter easily survives through several nights without a complaint. With their knowledge, they can efficiently trace water sources, and their hunted game acts as a source of food within and outside the forest cover. They do have weapons that can be reliable in case of attacks from predators. Having a better understanding of the forest enables them to avoid areas heavily infested with predators, avoiding danger.

Control Animal Population

Some species, if not hunted, can overpopulate and invade neighboring residential areas causing physical damage to property.  The number of deer-related accidents is approximately at 1.5million, even with hunting taking place. These numbers show that there is a need to control the species population.

Not only do they cause damage to residential property, but some species are also responsible for the destruction of the forests. Some of the breeds in the wild prefer feeding on exotic vegetation; in the long run, these plants end up being extinct. Hunting these overpopulated species reduces their effects on their surroundings.