Opinion: The Hunter Has Become the Hunted

Yes, they really are out to get us – the anti-hunters, that is. The antis hate all hunters and hold a special place in their version of hell for predator hunters.

Opinion: The Hunter Has Become the Hunted

Yes, they really are out to get us – the anti-hunters, that is. The antis hate all hunters and hold a special place in their version of hell for predator hunters.

If there is an uneasy feeling on the back of your neck, turn slowly and look carefully. It is the presence of the antis’ crosshairs aimed squarely at you.

It may be difficult to imagine that pathological liars in the big cities and seats of government could have a significant impact on what happens in the wilds, but they do.

To put it bluntly: Predator hunters are now at Ground Zero in what is becoming an expanding attack on all hunters, both individually and collectively.

What galls the antis most is the fact that predator hunting often involves the lethal control of animal populations as part of an overall, science-based wildlife management program. The antis think the animals should rule the world and that the animals hold a higher place in the universe than humans.

Remember, it is not that anti-hunters love animals so much. It is that they hate humans. They are self-loathers who hate humans in general. But they hate hunters specifically more than anything else in the world.

They are well funded and have an active social media/online presence. They make threats and they badger employers. And they play the political game both effectively and aggressively.

What this means is that while we’re out hunting, they are conniving to put us out of business. They are driven by unbridled emotion, so there is no reasoning with them.

Humane Society of the United States is a prime example. It has launched an offensive, ostensibly to do away with contests in which wildlife is killed.

To the uninformed non-hunter, that can sound reasonable. But it is an outright lie because they don’t give a hoot about contests. They want to stop the hunting itself and are merely building the mental bridge for the general public between coyote contests and the taking of any wildlife.

Antis argue against meat hunting by supporting their versions of vegetarianism and veganism. They see the killing of coyotes as nothing more than gratuitous killing. It is easy for them to win an argument against callous, gratuitous killing of anything. That is why they always portray predator hunting as both callous and gratuitous. There is a reason for everything they do and a lie in everything they communicate.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals puts it succinctly: “Each year, millions of animals are killed because they are considered pests. Beavers, bats, geese, deer, pigeons, mice, raccoons, snakes, chipmunks, and squirrels are among those animals who most often suffer horrific deaths because some consider them a nuisance, but the list also includes bears, coyotes, ducks, foxes, mountain lions, prairie dogs, rabbits, and even wolves.”

And HSUS takes it a step further by encouraging their followers to take action as is evidenced on their website:

“Urge your state to oppose wildlife killing contests. 

Wildlife killing contests are held in nearly every state across the country. In these gruesome competitions, participants kill species like coyotes, foxes, bobcats for fun and prizes.

Participants engaging in wildlife killing contests often use cruel or unsporting methods such as trapping, hounding and predator calling, which lures curious animals with the sound of young or prey in distress.

These contests are touted as an entertaining means of population control, but they are nothing more than a blood sport. They flout the principles of science-based wildlife management and are contrary to the idea of fair-chase hunting.

Take Action: Please submit a letter to your state wildlife management agency urging them to adopt a policy against wildlife killing contests. We can then deliver these letters to your local agency. 

This action alert is for U.S. residents. International advocates, please visit Humane Society International.”

The only question for all predator hunters is: What are you going to do about it? Laugh it off? Do so at your own peril.

Are you going to get involved? Where and with whom? There are only two major organizations currently fighting the antis around the country and around the world: National Rifle Association of America and Safari Club International.

Simply paying dues isn’t enough. Victory requires a lot more effort – more time and money (and if you don’t have a bunch of both, double-down on what you can do).

Literally, it is for all the marbles. And don’t think that sound science-based conservation and wildlife management alone will win the day. The antis would rather see all animals die than allow one animal to be hunted.

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