The 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.