Sportsmen (and women!), 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. In fact, we have several passionate and ethical hunters on our staff.
In 2014, we're partnering with organizations including the Mule Deer Foundation and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, to protect and connect habitat in north-central Washington through the Highway 97 / Working for Wildlife Initiative.
Sportsmen like Teddy Roosevelt and Aldo Leopold 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 harvesting wild game animals.
For an excellent overview of the 'North American Model of Wildlife Conservation', which includes fair-chase hunting, public access, bans on wastage of meat, and conservation-oriented wildlife management, we encourage you to watch this video from the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and author and TV personality Steven Rinella.
When hunting is based on the science of animal population management, is done under the rules of fair-chase, and hunters hunt lawfully and ethically, taking care of and respecting the animals they harvest, 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.
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 anywhere. 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, including in Washington state, in the past decade participation in hunting has increased nationally, particularly among women and hunters hailing from urban areas. We hope this trend catches on in the Northwest and that the new generation of hunter-conservationists continues to grow.