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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.

Hunting and conservation can go hand in hand
Hunting and conservation can go hand in hand

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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. 

It's not just being "for" or "against" hunting. Those who hunt and those who don't hunt share much in common. Hunters and non-hunters alike enjoy the outdoors, care about local and sustainable food, relish hiking in fields and forests, and want to pass their knowledge on to younger generations.

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.

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 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.

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 nationally, particularly among female and urban hunters. We hope this trend continues and the new generation of hunter-conservationists continues to grow.

Modern day hunters, lifeblood of conservation - words of Lee Davis, Kittitas County Field & Stream Club President

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