Autumn is a marvelous time. For many, it means lighting up the charcoal while tailgating at your favorite college football venue. It means homecoming dances, Friday Night Lights, and ushering in the new school year. It’s an opportune time to hike your favorite trail and awe at the vibrant colors as mother nature begins to consume the life she provided in early spring. For gamesmen it’s the dawn of an new hunting season and with that, a spike in conservation.
Conservation itself takes many forms. Somebody who is not an avid hunter might question how hunting wildlife is a positive contribution to preserving the great outdoors. I myself had pondered this very question. As part of my studies at Iowa State University I wrote a report about the impacts mankind has on mother nature. I read a book title “Where the Wild Things Were” by William Stolzenburg in which he discusses the negative impact that the decline of predatory animals has had on the eco system. When he talked about the growing numbers of Elk, Deer, and Bison at Yellow Stone and their destruction of plant life and eroding waterways, it occurred to me that maybe hunting wasn’t all that bad. In fact, with the proper controls and monitoring, hunting itself could be crucial to keep the delicate balance of mother nature in check. With fewer predatory animals to keep deer and elk populations in check, hunting non predatory animals becomes ever more crucial.
This scenario is vivid to me as I recently binge watched the documentary “Planet Earth” while designing some new gear for MB Outdoors. By no means are these conservation efforts unique to the North American west or elk or deer. Hunters everywhere after all types of game are vital to keeping the eco system in balance.
As humanity races toward astounding population growth, hunting, as it pertains to conservation will continue to play an increasingly vital role in keeping our eco system in balance. With it, we are more informed about the impacts our everyday lives have on the natural order of nature; without it, so many of the picturesque views we all cherish would parish. Mahatma Ghandi once said, “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.” Oversight provided by governing authorities and the joint efforts by gamesmen and outdoor enthusiasts alike will allow our marvelous planet to continue to prosper for generations to come.