Speaking and Acting Responsibly
The way bowhunters 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 bowhunters conduct themselves in public.
Bowhunters should be good ambassadors of their activity. Speaking knowledgeably will create goodwill. Be prepared with facts about the importance of bowhunting for the meat or as a valid wildlife management tool, the high recovery rate of wounded game, and the great safety record of bowhunting. When non-hunters receive the real facts about bowhunting, they are less likely to oppose it. Non-hunters' opinions or viewpoints may be changed by your conversation.
Some Hunting Statistics
- Total number of U.S. licensed hunters (all types of sporting arms) is over 13 million.
- 33% of all licensed U.S. hunters (all weapons) hunted with a bow at least once in the last two years.
- 57% of all bowhunting takes place on private land.
- 94% of bowhunters hunted either white-tailed deer or mule deer.
- Active bowhunters hunt with a bow an average of 19 days per year.
These were taken from the report from Responsive Management, "Bowhunting in the U.S., Results of a Recent Study."