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Hunting. An activity despised by the left, particularly environmentalists, animal rights activists, and those who support gun control. When such individuals hear about hunting, they visualize a bunch of barbaric, kill-crazy people who will shoot any animal in sight, not to mention hunt various animals to extinction. But the fact of the matter is hunters respect wildlife. They are also responsible for a series of hunting laws and regulations to insure the preservation of wildlife and various habitats. Thus, hunters have done a lot more for the environment than any environmentalist ever has.

In his book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Hunting, author Frank Miniter puts an emphasis on the previously mentioned facts. By doing so, he dispels myths some people have created about hunting. He also points out that poachers are nothing more than game thieves, and are despised by hunters. In addition, Miniter discusses how hunters have saved many species from the brink of extinction due to overhunting and other causes. He even discusses the importance of the Second Amendment.

Other matters Miniter discusses consist of the following:

• Hunters have funded state conservation programs via paying special surtaxes on guns, ammunition, and other gear.
• Hunters protect crops from being eaten by deer, rabbits, and other animals. Otherwise, there would be nothing to harvest. Vegetarians (especially those people who become vegetarians because they dislike the killing of animals) should take notice of this fact.
• Hunters are stationed near airports to shoot birds that might get sucked into the engines of planes and thus prevent mass tragedies.
• Hunting reduces animal-human conflicts, e.g. people being attacked by cougars, bears, coyotes, etc. Once such animals learn that people will hunt them, they will behave themselves. Hence, it is a matter of self-defense.
• Non-lethal alternatives to hunting have turned out to be inefficient and quite expensive.
• Hunting is safer than other sports (e.g. football, basketball) due to the emphasis on firearm safety.
• Hunters know more about the environment than one could imagine, and probably know more about some species and habitats than biologists do.

Miniter discusses many species, including the devotion of chapters to several animals native to North America: alligators, bears, cougars, coyotes, wolves, and deer.

The basic truth is this: hunting puts food on the table, it helps control various animal populations, and it is a popular activity. The same argument can be made for fishing (which too is under fire by some people).

So enjoy the hunting season. And take pleasure in going fishing as well.

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Andrew Linn

Andrew Linn is a member of the Owensboro Tea Party and a former Field Representative for the Media Research Center. An ex-Democrat, he became a Republican one week after the 2008 Presidential Election. He has an M.A. in history from the University of Louisville, where he became a member of the Phi Alpha Theta historical honors society. He has also contributed to and Right Impulse Media.