As you walk along the meat counter at one of the large super stores or at your local butcher shop, looking at the Styrofoam packaged, cellophane wrapped selection, deciding what to feed your family - you are hunting. Albeit in an antiseptic detached environment, none the less you are hunting - someone else just took care of the messy part for you.
Hunting is the evolution of our basic human existence and heritage.
The First Nations people of Canada and the early Canadian pioneers and settlers hunted because their survival depended on it. We as a modern urbanized society seem to forget - that was the norm only two or three generations ago. In fact in parts of this vast land it’s still the norm.
Hunting in Canada has grown from a subsistence activity to a recreational activity that cannot be replaced for its dedicated participants and its continuation of our heritage. It provides habitat for all kinds of wildlife, generates the economic power to manage and sustain wild lands and wildlife for all people to enjoy, provides a sense of independence and oneness with natural order for its participants, and provides a renewal of the human role as a predator with the addition of constraints and traditions that reinforce the notion of fair chase and sportsmanship. Rebuilding spirits and relationships with nature, family and friends - is a major element. Modern hunting is vital to survival and happiness of many of its practitioners. It is also vital to the survival of wildlife and the habitats that sustain wild things.
Hunters provide the primary support for all wildlife management and conservation.
Sport hunters and other conservationists have built - and continue to build - organizations to address their concerns, which significantly expand conservation, restoration and enhancement efforts by provincial and federal agencies. Dedicated organizations across the country, to name a but few, like the BC Wildlife Federation, Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation, OFAH, Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters, Delta WaterFowl, National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited, Safari Club International and many others have developed and continue to thrive. Each has contributed and continues to contribute to the promotion of sport hunting, high ethical standards, research and wildlife conservation.
Hunters contribute over one Billion a year in the Canadian economy through their activities sport in equipment, boats, firearms, hunting supplies etc. As a group they are also the largest contributors to conservation initiatives.
There are many motivations and satisfactions for hunting. Their order, but not their substance, changes with the development of the hunter and his/her skills. Most of them are personal. They range from enjoying wild game as food and having the satisfaction of personally providing that food for a family to striving to locate outstanding specimens of mature game animals as trophies. Regardless of these motivations and satisfactions, recreation is the primary reason for sport hunting. Hunting is a safe and well regulated sport.
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