The way hunters speak and act in public makes an impression on non-hunters. Each hunter represents every hunter. Describing how “I stuck one but couldn’t find it” in front of non-hunters is generally repulsive to them. Non-hunters can easily become anti-hunters based on the way hunters conduct themselves in public.
All hunters should be good ambassadors of their activity. Speaking knowledgeably will create goodwill. Be prepared with facts about the importance of hunting for the meat or as a valid wildlife management tool, the high recovery rate of wounded game, and the great safety record of hunting. When non-hunters receive the real facts about hunting, they are less likely to oppose it. Non-hunters’ opinions or viewpoints may be changed by your conversation.