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jointhehunt
RECRUIT * RETAIN * REACTIVATE

Top 10 Reasons to
Become a Hunter
By Mark Kayser, Field Editor

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beef. There is nothing wrong with binging
on a fast-food burger, but for most of your
meals, wild game offers too many healthy
attributes to ignore.

Healthy Eats

If not for hunters and their commitment to financially supporting wildlife
through the 1937 Pittman-Robertson
Act, a self-imposed excise tax on the
sale of sporting goods, America's wildlife backdrop would look drastically
different. As a hunter you help fund this
continued comeback and personally help
manage flourishing species. In the process you acquire a front seat to appreciate
nature that benefits from your support.
Although certain management schemes
may be focused on targeted species, all
wildlife, great and small, profits from
habitat restoration and wildlife projects.

ome of you may not have the
instinctive, internal drive to
dive into hunting. Your spouse,
a friend, family member or even
an inquisitive child of your neighbor
could be of the same mindset. They may
be hinting at dipping a toe in the hunting
water to test the experience, yet not quite
sure of a reason to launch. Give them a
reason. In fact, give them 10 reasons or
more. An instinctive drive to hunt will
likely kick in once the pursuit begins, but
make the case with these top 10 reasons.
You need protein in your diet, so why not
skip the bean aisle in the grocery store
and consider wild game? Maybe you are
concerned with the use of antibiotics and
hormones found in some farmed animals.
Wild game provides an organic, lean,
renewable and tasty alternative to protein raised in a mass production setting.
Whether you target squirrels, waterfowl,
upland game, deer or even feral hogs, you
can be assured of a meal that has lived
a free-range life. Depending on the wild
game, it can contain 50 percent less fat
and nearly 10 percent fewer calories than

Appreciate Nature,
Support Wildlife

Understand Animal Behavior

You may not have had the opportunity
to take "Animal Behavior 101" with your
economics degree, but you can acquire
that class while hunting. To be a successful hunter you need to fully understand
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animal behavior. Many videos found
online can get you started on what you
need to know for a successful hunt. Nevertheless, you will be in school on every
outing seeing firsthand how nature
works. Watching a whitetail buck make
a scrape or seeing the grace of a flock of
teal settling for a pond landing is not only
captivating, but gives you insight on how
to successfully take a particular species.

Hone Survival Skills

The pandemic was an eye-opener in
many respects. One important lesson
learned should be your personal survival-it is up to you, after all. You likely
noticed the toilet paper shortage, but
how about the empty shelves of food?
That should shock you back to your
senses. Hunting provides you a means to
supplement those shortages, and along
the way you may also hone camping
skills and clean water acquisition. Food,
water and shelter are your three essential
needs and all three are basic components
during hunting pursuits. Fill your freezer
with healthy wild game and perfect your
survival skills in preparation for the next
pandemic.

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