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Hunting Can Benefit Economy And Protect Conservation Land

November 16, 2010 by  

Hunting can benefit economy and protect conservation landThe Second Amendment of the United States Constitution, among other protections, secures a citizen's right to participate in the popular sport of hunting.

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) recently released a list of the top benefits of hunting. Outdoorsmen can contribute to the economy's recovery by capturing affordable and healthy food. In addition, individuals contribute to the economy by purchasing hunting gear. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service survey, Virginia hunters spend more than $480 million per year in trip-related expenditures.

By purchasing hunting licenses and paying special taxes on equipment, hunters have largely funded wildlife conservation efforts in America. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has purchased more than 200,000 acres of land available for hunting, fishing, wildlife watching, hiking and other recreational activities.

The VDGIF also reports that hunters play an important role in wildlife management by helping control the deer population, thus reducing pressure on crops, expensive landscaping and habitats needed by other wildlife.

Residents in South Carolina have expressed their enthusiasm for hunting as well, according to news affiliate WLTX 19. On Nov. 2, voters in the Palmetto State approved an amendment that makes hunting and fishing a constitutional right. The amendment also permits the state to legally provide for proper wildlife management. 

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  • Dan az

    This was also voted on in arizon only to make sure that it stays that way,mostly due to the fact that california took those rights away in their state.Big surprise with bamby lovers that think thats what all animals do.But unfortunately there are to many of those california people still here that voted it down.So it looks like they just became the game of sport!


    Hey I am from Ca. and I enjoy going out hunting once in a while this gov.that we have right now is the one who has made so many things illegal without even letting the people vote for them or not. remember gov. Arnold’ dad was a lifelong member of the natzi party and he brought his ideas with him on how things should run and that’s was with an iron fist, The guy hated hunting he also hated fishing and many other sports.

  • American Taxpayer

    If you never eaten a trout fresh from the lake or elk stew or sausage, you never experienced some of God’s wonderful gifts to mankind.

    • http://?? Joe H.


  • newspooner

    Coyotes have ruined the small game hunting in those states which don’t have a yearround open season on them. And federally protected herons have ruined the fishing for many species in brooks, small rivers, and shallow ponds. The idiots who protected coyotes and herons, thinking that they were being good conservationists and kind to animals, are respoonsible for the severe population decline of many species of wonderful birds, fish, and mammals. They must hate rabbits, pheasants, and trout.

    • eddie47d

      Heron’s were almost wiped out by hunters about 100 years ago. There feathers were also used in hats back then. They are a beautiful bird and although their population has increased it is still less than back in the early 1900′s. They feed in wetlands and as these areas decrease fishermen have less places to go. That is hardly the birds fault but that of a growing population of citizens. When the wolf population was almost wiped out elk and deer herds multiplied. With fewer wolves to kill the weak and diseased members of the herds more problems arose. Herds became too large and disease spread faster. So there is truly a balance of nature and sportsmen play an important role in helping to keep herds in check. That’s why it is important that environmentalists,conversationalists,water and land sportsmen work together to assure this future. Protecting waterways also helps hunters and the general public so everyone wins.

      • JeffH

        eddie47d, BRAVO…well said and I agree.
        Being a lifelong hunter and outdoorsman one needs to understand the balance between man and nature.
        Three excellant examples of the hunting/conservation/biological organizations that have had a dramatic impact between man and nature is Ducks Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the National Wild Turkey Federation, and there are so many more besides these I mention.

        Despite an increasingly hostile and threatening social environment and criticism from powerful opponents, paid hunting license holders continue their leadership role in funding federal and individual state wildlife conversation and management programs.

        Waterfowl hunters alone spent $900 million on a variety of goods and services from food, transportation, guns and decoys to hunting dogs, clothing and other incidental expenses in 2006, according to a new report issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

        • eddie47d

          Thanks Jeff

          • http://?? Joe H.

            for once I too agree with you!!

          • JeffH

            My pleasure.

      • Dan az

        You surprised me again, some day you just may lean alittle farther right and shazam your a conservative or not.But thanks for your opinion that has some real logic to it.

    • 45caliber

      One major problem here in Texas (and other states) is feral hogs. I’ve seen as many as 60 in a herd and others have seen over a hundred. Texas alone is supposed to have over 5 million of them. I saw an area that a rancher had set aside for deer. There was nothing except rooted ground from about 5 feet down. The hogs had gotten everything else. Further, they killed and ate fawns when they found them plus anything else that didn’t outrun them. In Texas with a hunting license, you can kill as many as you wish. And they are good eating!

      • JeffH

        45caliber, wild pigs in general have become a major nuisance across the US and are wreaking havoc wherever they are. Most states have plans to eradicate the animal, although Texas has all but given up on eradicating the animals.

        The U.S. government estimates that there are more than 4 million wild pigs scattered throughout 40 U.S. states. The pigs are an ecological disaster, devouring huge amounts of crops, tearing up plants, and driving out native wildlife by outcompeting them.

      • meteorlady

        It’s the only thing in my gated community that people are allowed to shoot if they live along the river because we don’t want them crossing into our area from other parts. They are huge and destructive and mean.

      • Yankee Will

        I think hogs are in about every state now. I have never seen any, but they have been taken here in Michigan. I would love to get one! For now, I guess I’ll have to settle for deer…got 2 this week! :)

    • meteorlady

      I have to disagree about the Herons. We have them here in our community and their population seems to stay about the same. Also, when I lived in Washington State we lived on a lake and I watched them driven away by the Eagle (also protected) to the point where we didn’t see them anymore fishing the lake.

  • J.M.R.

    well boys and girls watch your back if the witch hillary has her way along with the dick-tater we will have to use clubs and rocks to hunt with.

    • 45caliber

      Can’t use them either. After all, they fit the government’s description of “assault weapons”.

      ie, “an assault weapon is any weapon that has ever been used in combat anywhere in the world at any time.”

  • James

    I agree, except for: “The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution…secures a citizen’s right to…” The Second Amendment simply bars the federal government from infringing on the right. It doesn’t secure the right, the right to bear arms in unalienable, it isn’t dependent on any constitution for its existence.
    Moreover, the South Carolina Constitution, Article I, Section 20 reads: “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” Any South Carolina law that infringes on that right would be in violation of its State’s Constitution.

    • Dennis

      Sorry its a little long but you should read it.
      The Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

      “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

      The Second Amendment is a political issue today only because of the military reality that underlies it. Politicians who fear the people seek to disarm them. People who fear their government’s intentions refuse to be disarmed. The Founders understood this. So, too, does every tyrant who ever lived. Liberty-loving Americans forget it at their peril. Until they do, American gunowners in the aggregate represent a strategic military fact and an impediment to foreign tyranny. They also represent the greatest political challenge to home-grown would-be tyrants. If the people cannot be forcibly disarmed against their will, then they must be persuaded to give up their arms voluntarily. This is the siren song of “gun control,” which is to say “government control of all guns,” although few self-respecting gun-grabbers would be quite so bold as to phrase it so honestly.

      But forget the psychological and political for a moment, and consider just the numbers. To paraphrase the Senator, “A million pistols here, a million rifles there, pretty soon you’re talking serious firepower.” No one, repeat, no one, will conquer America, from within or without, until its citizenry are disarmed. We remain, as a British officer had reason to complain at the start of our Revolution, “a people numerous and armed.”

      Even so, the truth is that one man with a pistol CAN defeat an army, given a righteous cause to fight for, enough determination to risk death for that cause, and enough brains, luck and friends to win the struggle. This is true in war but also in politics, and it is not necessary to be a Prussian militarist to see it. The dirty little secret of today’s ruling elite as represented by the Clintonistas is that they want people of conscience and principle to be divided in as many ways as possible (“wedge issues” the consultants call them) so that they may be more easily manipulated. No issue of race, religion, class or economics is left unexploited. Lost in the din of jostling special interests are the few voices who point out that if we refuse to be divided from what truly unites us as a people, we cannot be defeated on the large issues of principle, faith, the constitutional republic and the rule of law. More importantly, woe and ridicule will be heaped upon anyone who points out that like the blustering Wizard of Oz, the federal tax and regulation machine is not as omniscient, omnipotent or fearsome as they would have us believe. Like the Wizard, they fan the scary flames higher and shout, “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!”

      For the truth is, they are frightened that we will find out how pitifully few they are compared to the mass of the citizenry they seek to frighten into compliance with their tax collections, property seizures and bureaucratic, unconstitutional power-shifting. I strongly recommend everyone see the new animated movie “A Bug’s Life”. Simple truths may often be found sheltering beneath unlikely overhangs, there protected from the pelting storm of lies that soak us everyday

      Your right to keep and bear arms is an individual political right, similar to your right to vote and speak freely. Just as the First Amendment protects our ability to speak out against government gone awry, the Second Amendment protects our ability to resist outright tyranny.
      Many people advocate gun control because they believe that armed citizens are a threat to their personal safety. The fact is that cities with strict gun control laws (i.e. Washington D.C.) also have the highest crime rates. Criminals will always be able to obtain firearms by theft or the black market. Gun control only makes the world a safer place for violent criminals.

      Crimes committed by common street thugs, however, pale in significance when compared to the crimes committed by governments. Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership reports the following genocides in the 20th Century alone:

    • 45caliber

      James: You are right. The Constitution doesn’t give us the right to bear arms – it states that the government can’t take that right (given by God) away from us.

  • Dennis

    Heres the problem with this for our Government, Read the head line. ” Hunting Can Benefit Economy And Protect Conservation Land ” First thing is the Government wants to ban hunting and fishing, they want to control the food, they want to take away our guns and ammo, just ask Hillary about the tready she signed with the U.N. to ban all firearms, They take away your guns you can’t protect yourself, They control the food you will do as they say, Now your a slave, In Georga they fined a man $5000 for giving away food from his garden ( NOT SELLING IT BUT GIVING IT AWAY ) Think about that.

    • 45caliber

      Food must be bought since the companies that sell the food would be hurt if you could get it somewhere else.

      But … it is also a good way to control. If you can’t get food except by buying it, they can control you by seeing that you can’t get the food except with their permission.

  • Goose

    To me, hunting is NOT a SPORT. It’s food acquisition, not unlike gardening. Every pound of meat I bring home is one less pound that I have to buy at the grocer. Look at the price of meat. You do the math. If I can bag a 100 pound deer with a 27 cent bullet and a 30 dollar hunting license, what’s my price per pound? Of course, that price per pound keeps going down, when you factor in how many rabbits, squirrels, etc… that I can bag under that same license, in a year’s time.

    • 45caliber

      I agree. In fact, I was raised that if you shot something, you cleaned and ate it too. I raised my kids the same. They wouldn’t even shoot a poisonous snake for fear I’m make them eat it! You never hunt and waste the meat God set there for you to use.

    • meteorlady

      Good post – I told my husband if he hunted he had to eat what he killed. We did that and the deer was very good and a nice complement to the daily food items I have to buy in the store.

  • independant thinker

    Boy, Virginia must not have many hunters. only 480 million spent on hunting there. In Arkansas 118.3 billion is spent on hunting each year.

    • 45caliber

      I don’t know where you got your figures but I grew up in AR. It is a joke – sort of – that the first day of deer season is a holy day. Most residents of Arkansas live in the country and hunting is a strong part of their lives. It also isn’t a good idea to break the hunting laws there – these same people are willing to enforce them. I can relate several stories of people doing just that.

      • independant thinker

        I was born and raised in southern Arkansas (where deer are now so plentiful they are almost a hazzard) and now live in west central Arkansas, My $ figure for Arkansas came from an article by the AG&F on the possible effects of global warming on hunting expendatures.

        • Dan az

          independant thinker
          AG&F on the possible effects of global warming on hunting expendatures.
          WTF does that have to do with global warming?

          • independant thinker

            theoriticaly global warming would effect duck migration, dove migration, deer populations, etc. Etc. As a result it would effect revenues from hunting (and fishing as well).

  • JeffH

    Managed Hunting is a beneficial use of renewable wildlife resources, being in fact a necessary management practice to maintain a proper balance among most species and their habitat. Hunting is essential to the success of wildlife management.

    In the early 1900′s it was the hunter who realized the destructive nature of unmanaged hunting and the hunter was the first to do something about it by providing the public will and the funds necessary for the development of North America’s successful system of wildlife conservation and management.

    • 45caliber

      And the animals rights people have provided – almost nothing to the cause of keeping the animals they cry about alive. The most they have done is try to establish a few animal reserves but then they want to live there too for some odd reason. In fact, PETA has been indicted several times for animal cruelty.

      • independant thinker

        “In fact, PETA has been indicted several times for animal cruelty.”

        I believe HSUS has as well. I know they should be if they have not been indicted.

  • Patrick

    If our government at the present, the liberals, are so much against guns, why not have their security people give up theirs. She how safe they would feel walking around without that added protection. That is the way the rest of us feel about abolishing our weapons, the only way they will get mine is pry it out of my dead hand.
    If one notices those States with concealed weapons permits, the crime has decreased. Look at Mayor Daily in Chicago, ask him to give up his body guards, the crime in Chicago would drop if they allowed carrying permits.

    • 45caliber

      I know for a fact that all major politicial liberals with the possible exception of Schummer either carry or have armed guards who do. When asked if they will freely give up their own guns when they get them banned, every one has stated that they need that protection. What they seldom add is that you don’t need it. Ted Kennedy had four body guards at all times who carried two of everything – he wanted to make sure they didn’t have a failure at the wrong time. Feinstein carries her own gun at all times. Etc.

      • Dan az

        shummer not only has his own guns he used it on someone that was home invading his house and yet know one else is to own a gun in the big apple pie

      • independant thinker

        I have heard Teddy boy’s bodyguards carried Uzi machine guns everywhere including into the capitol, congress, and anywhere else the sob went.

        • libertytrain

          I hadn’t thought about it before – while Ted was responsible for the death of a person or who knows how many – no one, in particular, cared about doing him in (unless perhaps Mary Jo’s parents). He wasn’t worthy – unlike his brothers that came before -

  • http://com i41

    Hunting is fun and wildlife only thrives when thinned out and left to mother nature. But the Conservation Reserve Program created by Congress in the early 1980′s was to increase the price of wheat, so the tax payers are paying land owners now billions, to do nothing but raise wildlife. These same owners now have their own private hunting preserves and charge the public to hunt on land, that you and I and taxpayers have leased for 3 decades. All of this CRP ground was into crop production keeping people busy, now the public pays on the average for dry land idled crop ground 50 dollars an acre per year for nothing. As for the wolf introduction, in Wyo. the crap thinking they only eat the weak and disabled, that is pure unadulterated B–l s–t, same as coyotes habitiate in CRP land. These predators preferr beef any day, coyotes can kill a baby calf in less than 3 minutes by eating the bellies out of the calf, even while it is still alive. Usally until they get the lungs. You will only find a hoof, everything is gone. What my biggest complaint is the predators coming over on private land. Wolves kill just for the hell of it, I have seen more than 800 hd of sheep get slaughters by one wolf just ripping out throats or bellies. With what is spent on getting a permit, camping supplies and travel, you xan buy a half a beef with 300 – 500 lbs of meat, instead of getting a 105 lbs of meat off of a good sized deer. Not cost effective. Over my life time I bought only one deer permit, but harvest usually 5-9 deer a year off of our land, we raised and feed them. I will never pay to hunt. In high school usually 3-4 antelope were harvested for skating partys from Nov- Mar.
    We always let hunters hunt free wheather birds or big game and always had plenty. When Game Fish and Parks started thinking they were going managing wildlife , pheasants almost disapeared when foxes were introduced to control rabbits, it killed off the pheasants, ducks, and grouse. Rabbits dies off when a virus killed them, same as too many deer or any wild life catch viruses when to big of apopulaytion builds up. Now with the build up of moutain lions massive increases, deer and elk populations are going to hell. When a mountain lion was shot down by Sioux Falls SD, what a surprise, wait till a kid gets killed, like the track runner that was eaten by one in Colorado10 years ago. If governemnt meddles, it will always screw upand fail!

  • Angel Wannabe

    My Dad was avid hunter, after Thanksgiving was over, the living room would be piled high with suitcases, hunting gear & pots and pans!__ Five years before Dad died he shot his last deer, a nice 8 point Buck, which hangs in my living now as a reminder of days gone by. Although Venison wasn’t my favorite meal, but neither was Rabbit nor Pheasant, I got used to it.-Besides Mom had a way with the seasonings.__I’m all for hunting, it keeps the population of Deer down, quite honestly we are over run here with them and could easily add another season here.___Pheasants have disappeared again.__Turkeys are doing quite well. But, Last year during rut, I had a surprise and a thrill of my life, of walking out my backdoor, onto the deck to find, what we call a Calico Buck (Piebold) 12 beautiful points, standing in the back yard!!_-He was an absolute beauty and looked like someone threw whitewash on him and it dried. I’ve heard of them but have never seen one.__We kind of stood and stared at each other for a while, until he skipped down to the apple orchard behind us. I wished I had a camera!

    • JimH

      Angel, I don’t know where your Dad hunted but, Illinios deer are all corn fed. The farmers don’t like it but, the hunters do. You may have liked that better. I know out west the venison tastes like sage brush, not as good.

      • Dan az

        try dipping it into milk before you cook it.It really makes a difference.

        • independant thinker

          You can also marinate it in Red Wine vinager with a little salt, pepper, and rubbed sage. Just do not over do it on the time.

        • Angel Wannabe

          Dan, I’ve heard of marinating in milk Before.__We also had friends where Dad hunted, who used to gut the deer, and then let them hang and “Get Wild”. That taste wasn’t my cup of tea either, but I lived.__Dad used to get half of the meat made into hambuger mixed with ground pork. Now that had good taste!

      • Angel Wannabe

        JimH, he hunted near New York/Pa state line.__

  • http://personalliberty matt

    horribly cruel

  • http://personallibertydigest matt

    cruel, cowardly, mean spirited, damsging enviromentaly is the “sport” of hunting. deer have every human parasite cooked or not.
    thousands of nonpartiipants shot yearly. for every dollar hunters spend taxpayers pay a hundred. non-consumptive use like bird watching or hiking exceeds shooting and would be much more if people were not afraid of getting shot, or witnissing the atrocities. its biologigally impossible for deer to ovrpopulate. the single digit population percentage of huntage are mostly adult abused childen. DEER GREATY HELP THE WOODS, (hat’ their job) by locking up fertilizer in their poop. costitutonally protected gun rights does NOT include huntng.

    • independant thinker

      “thousands of nonpartiipants shot yearly. for every dollar hunters spend taxpayers pay a hundred. non-consumptive use like bird watching or hiking exceeds shooting”

      Provide proof.

      • Angel Wannabe

        independant thinker, I think accidents happens, but in all the years Dad hunted, which was all my life,__I’ve heard about more injuries and death from falling asleep, and falling out of tree stands. A guy I went to school withdied falling out of the tree stand and broke his neck.

        • independant thinker

          Precisely my point Angel. I want him to p0rovide proof that “thousands” are shot each year for I know the numbers are very low. As you say while there are a very few accidental shootings the great majority of the hunting deaths and injuries are from falling out of tree stands and similar things.

    • JeffH

      matt…you are a blathering moron. There is not one factual word in your comment.

    • Angel Wannabe

      Matt, sure Deer help the woods, but like anything else, if left to over populate, they become a threat. Which is our case now. The accidents around here from deer are getting worse and happening more and more. I’d rather have them shot in an additional hunting season, and the meat used to feed families, than dead carcass’s laying all over the roads. Besides I also think we need to retain hunting skills.__ Our ancestors, didn’t have the option of going to the grocery stores to buy meat. and Like Any thing else, If generation after generation, ignores hunting skills, they’ll eventually breed out of existance. Hell it’s happening now in the big cities. Some kids have never even seen a deer or any kind of Wildlife__And if a calamidy ever does happen, they’ll never be able to survive._Thats is just sad.

    • Yankee Will

      go crawl back under your rock…crybaby…

  • http://yahoo jowolo

    Several years ago the state of Kansas let the animal rights activists influence their hunting of deer. Deer hunting was stopped for a time. The population exploded very rapidy and as a result disease and shortage of food plots decimated the herd. It took several years to re-establish the deer population. Deer were re-introduced from Texas. They learned from their mistake.

  • meteorlady

    I live in a gated community among pecan orchards. There are white tail deer everywhere. They eat our landscaping, destroy trees and are generally like rats they breed so fast.

    Last year we tried to get rid of a few of them after the game management people came in and said our herd was unhealthy and could possibly pass on disease to other herds outside of our area. We hired someone, we can’t hunt in here because or the housing proximity, to take out about 425 of them. the meat was sent to a USDA meat processor and given to food banks after processing.

    There were initial estimates that our population was around 5,000 – that’s in an area of about 4500 acres. People protested, tore down the trapping nets and generally tried to interfere with the trapping process. Wild life management stepped in to stop that by prosecuting people that tried to stop it. We have since published the benefits of not feeding the deer and other articles to educate the public here on what actually is the truth.

    The fact is though, that we had more babies born this year than we took out last year. The property damage continues, the herd in the orchards look skinny and small, some are already diseased and have died, and we have them breeding like rabbits again.

    • independant thinker

      Try to get a bow season in your community.

      • Yankee Will

        Crossbows would do wonders!

  • Briansz

    Great imagination: How to distort the second ammendment. Well, I beg to differ, I’d rather see the animals take back this country and start hunting NRA creeps.

    • Yankee Will

      Oh yes…of course you would! Right up to the time you get a mouse or bat in your house, or your cat gets dragged off by a coyote, or your dog killed by a wolf, or your kid mauled by a bear…this “NRA creep” says good fargin’ luck, pal…

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