History of the Hunt

Notes from the North Woods

It is hard to believe that two of the most dangerous animals in the United States can appear to be so innocent.

It is hard to believe that two of the most dangerous animals in the United States can appear to be so innocent.

Eventually, their descendants formed the core of America’s hunting fraternity, and helped to develop the North American model of wildlife management.

A key element in the development of sport hunting and fishing in North American was an 1842 US Supreme Court ruling which set the foundation in U.S. common law for the principle that wildlife resources are owned by no one, rather they are to be held in trust by government for the benefit of present and future generations.

Hunting and angling remain the cornerstones of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. These activities continue to be the primary source of funding for conservation efforts in North America. Through a built-in excise tax on all hunting, angling and shooting sports equipment, and the sale of sporting licenses, hunters and anglers have generated more than $10 billion toward wildlife conservation since 1937.

Although conservation efforts have traditionally focused on game species, non-hunted species reap the rewards as well. The vast wetlands that have been protected for ducks, the forests saved for deer and the grasslands for pheasants have helped to save countless non-game species from peril.

Hunters and anglers have invested billions in wildlife and its future. They understand conservation and the vital role sportsmen play.

Often, sportsmen get a bad rap due to the actions of a tiny minority of unethical or irresponsible hunters. Many of the bird species that were once endangered by market hunters, were eventually saved by sportsman’s dollars.

Birders can hunt their prey ‘with opera glasses’ today, because sportsmen understand and appreciate the intrinsic value of all species, not just the “game.”

The Most Dangerous Animal in North America

The months of October and November are peak times for deer-car collisions. Currently, there are over one million collisions between deer and automobiles in the United States.

Joe Hackett is a guide and sportsman residing in Ray Brook. Contact him at brookside18@adelphia.net

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