Is Hunting Necessary?

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Is Hunting Necessary?

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Ben Philpot, Staff Writer

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Humans have been involved in hunting since the beginning of time as a way to survive, but in our modern society, it is not necessary to our survival. As people in our society become less patient, demanding to have everything immediately, what does this mean for hunting? Does hunting need to stop? I mean, who would choose to waste a day hunting to kill a meal, instead of going to a fast food restaurant and getting food within five minutes? As crazy as it may seem hunting is still necessary for the environment for multiple reasons, such as helping over-population, providing other materials besides food, and increasing revenue for states.

Overpopulation in nature can sometimes cause problems for people and the environment that we live in. Deer is one game animal that can cause many difficulties when the population becomes too large. The deer destroy plant life in the area, as they are very adaptable and can eat more than 700 different species of plants. This can lead to the endangerment of many plant species and sometimes even extinction. Also, when deer move into urban areas, they can cause property damage that adds up to be several thousand dollars. Without hunting, overpopulation would be worse, causing more issues for people who live in these areas.

Another major advantage of hunting from an economic point of view is the revenue it brings to states. To engage in any type of hunting legally, hunters must fill out multiple forms and obtain licenses. One of the most important is a hunting and fishing license, which costs around $42 per person. This money goes to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, which invests it in conservation and restoration of hunting areas around the state. Without these fees, it would be a struggle to maintain different areas and animals.

Many people think the main purpose of hunting is to provide food for humans. While this may be the case sometimes, a more common benefit of hunting is the materials that are made from that animal. Everything from crayons to sugar and other items that we use every single day are made with animal products.  Also, things that can be handmade (clothes, shoes, etc.) often use materials that come from hunting animals.

Hunting is an activity that benefits not just the hunter, but also the economy, environment, and fellow citizens. In recent years people have advocated against hunting, saying it harms the environment, but I encourage you to stand up against these protesters. Hunting has been necessary since the beginning of time, and still is today.