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.
Some Hunting Statistics
These statistics were taken from the report from Responsive Management, “Bowhunting in the U.S., Results of a Recent Study.”
- Total number of U.S. licensed hunters (all types of sporting arms) is more than 13 million.
- 33% of all licensed U.S. hunters (all types of equipment) hunted with archery equipment at least once in the last two years.
- 57% of all hunting with archery equipment takes place on private land.
- 94% of hunters using archery equipment hunted either white-tailed deer or mule deer.
- Active hunters using archery equipment hunt an average of 19 days per year.