The latest issue of National Geographic has an article on hunting. Hunters: For the Love of the Land discusses the important role that hunters play in the survival of species, preservation of habitat, and funding through licenses and hunters’ organizations. The article also notes a disconnectedness from nature, including among younger generation hunters who are more obsessed with the latest camo, rifles, and gadgetry. I found the article interesting and enjoyable. It seems a rare thing these days, outside of hunting magazines, to find an insightful and honest representation of the important role that hunters play.
A caption under one photograph in the article reads, “With the hunting population in decline – and the sport under fire from animal rights advocates – hunting groups and wildlife agencies are striving to enlist a new generation.”
Here, a new generation is enlisted – with a connectedness to nature, a compassion for living things, a desire to nurture life, yet a balance in coming to understand our role as hunters.