Hunt/Fish: Why We Hunt According to

Screen Shot 2013-03-09 at 9.46.29 AMRegis Giles and her dad, Doug Giles, with the boar Regis dropped with her 9.3x74R double rifle. One shot. One kill.

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To monitor long term trends, each year inquires about hunters’ motivations. The January 2013 poll found that rather than one key or leading reason that motivated sportsmen to hunt, there are actually many. And no single motivator stands completely head and shoulders above the rest. When asked “Why do you like to hunt?, respondents provided the following answers (participants could check all that apply):

  • Like to spend time outdoors 92%
  • Enjoy seeing wildlife 87%
  • Enjoy the peace and quiet of the outdoors 87%
  • Enjoy the challenge 80%
  • Like to spend time with friends/family who hunt 74%
  • Like providing food for my family/friends 70%
  • Other 9%

“This matches recent in-depth NSSF research that showed hunters go afield for fun, social and outdoor reasons. From spending time with family and friends outdoors to the peace and solitude of being alone in nature, hunting is much more than taking game,” says Rob Southwick…

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About the author: Doug Giles

Doug Giles is the Big Dawg at and the Co-Owner of The Safari Cigar Company. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter. And check out his NEW BOOK, Pussification: The Effeminization Of The American Male.

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