Sportsmen, hunting, and fair chase
Conservation Northwest supports the protection and restoration of habitat for all native wildlife (including carnivores). We also support science-based wildlife management and fair chase hunting according to the laws of the state of Washington.
Conservation Northwest supports the protection and restoration of habitat for all native wildlife (including carnivores). We also support science-based wildlife management and fair-chase hunting according to the laws of the state of Washington.
Sportsmen like Teddy Roosevelt and Aldo Leopald were some our nation's first and most vocal conservationists, and their legacy lives on today. Most hunters have a deep respect for wild areas and choose to take their enjoyment further by becoming skilled at stalking and taking wild game animals.
A sportsman's ethic
Hunters take enormous pride not only in taking an animal in the field but in properly cleaning and handling the game so that they and their families can enjoy some of the healthiest meat available. The recent movement to eat leaner, local and more sustainable meat and know where it comes from has been a common practice with hunters for many generations.
Despite many years of decline, since 2006 participation in hunting has soared, particularly among female and urban hunters. We can only hope this trend continues and the new generation of hunter-conservationists continues to grow.
When hunting is based on the science of animal population management and hunters take considerable care to hunt lawfully and take care of and respect the animals they take, there doesn't have to be a "for" or "against" hunting attitude. It is just another important way some people choose to experience nature and wild places.