Hunting FAQs, Definitions and Misconceptions

I was recently drawn into a conversation on Twitter, that all began when an anti-hunter chose to "Quote-RT" a photo I had shared. The more I chatted with this "Crusader" who eventually stated, "listen we are ANIMAL ACTIVIST we know more about hunting laws then u bc we make it our business to know." Even though multiple times throughout this online exchange, he/she had misstated the law, including wildlife codes. As the conversation continued, this person not only used every anti-hunting clichΓ© ever heard but also began making up his/her own facts, "Hunters have poached that is statistically a fact."

Because of these overused untruths, in this case by someone who is either uneducated or simply has chosen to believe facts seen from entertainment memes, it got me thinking and writing. So, thank you.


OPINION: a view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge.

FACT: something that truly exists or happens, something that has actual existence, a true piece of information; used synonymously as truth.

DEFINITION: a statement of the exact meaning of a word.

Ghost Blind

Opinions are NOT facts. These words, these definitions, are NOT interchangeable...

HUNTING: the ethical/lawful act of pursing &/or capturing &/or killing of wildlife; a tool/method used to aid in conservation efforts; the activity of searching for something.

POACHING: the unlawful/illegal act of pursing &/or capturing &/or killing of wildlife; the illegal taking and harvesting of animals or plant life.
These actions have a devastating effect on the individual species, the entire ecosystem and local communities.

MURDER: is the unlawful killing of a human being by another.

ANIMAL CRUELTY: cruelty to animals, also called animal abuse or animal neglect, is the intentional infliction by humans of suffering or harm upon any non-human animal, regardless of whether the act is against the law.

* The phrase "Hunting is Murder" is often used within the animal rights and Vegan communities. Some argue this is an opinion, those individuals would be wrong. This is simply an incorrect statement per the definition and laws. Hunting, fishing, & trapping are outlined in animal cruelty laws and are considered humane killings which fall under Wildlife Codes for individual states. Just as humane killings by a veterinarian fall under the American Veterinary Medical Assocation's Panel on Euthanasia; and the humane killing of an animal by an animal control officer or operator of an animal shelter or law enforcement officers are also outlined. See Mo Statutes for more information.

Whitetail Deer

FAIR CHASE: is the ethical, sportsmanlike, and lawful pursuit and taking of any free-ranging wild, native game animal in a manner that does not give the hunter an improper advantage.

TROPHY HUNTING: is the selective hunting of wild game.
The primary game sought is usually the oldest and most mature animal from a given population. The trophy is the animal or part of the animal kept, and usually displayed, to represent the success of the hunt or to share the uniqueness of that specific animal.

CANNED HUNTING: is a trophy hunt in which an animal is kept in a confined area, such as in a fenced-in area, increasing the likelihood of the hunter obtaining a kill; a hunt for animals that have been raised on game ranches until they are mature enough to be killed for trophy collections.

HIGH FENCE - RANCH HUNTING: are designed to keep certain animals in the area and to keep other animals & poachers out; the fence may also act as a property/land marker; typically this is seen when exotic animals are involved as they are expensive and not native to the lands; this is also seen when selective breeding/bloodlines are involved.

Preservation vs Conservation vs Exploitation

CONSERVATION: consumptive use of natural resources without wasting or over using them; sustainable use and management of natural resources including wildlife, water, air, and earth deposits.

PRESERVATION: saving natural resources with no consumptive use of them; to maintain or correct (restoration) and then leave the Earth as though it has been untouched by humans.

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT: the science and practice of maintaining wildlife populations and their habitats.

HABITAT LOSS - HABITAT DESTRUCTION: is the process in which natural habitat is rendered unable to support the species present; is currently ranked as the primary cause of species extinction worldwide.

ENDANGERED SPECIES LIST: provides for the conservation of species that are endangered or threatened throughout all or a significant portion of their range and the conservation/management of the ecosystems on which they depend.
The purpose for placing an animal [species] on the endangered species list is to protect that species while they recover to their goal of breeding pairs &/or stable numbers, then to be removed & properly managed, kept balanced and healthy; not to grant this species forever protection.

Thanks for following along, Sarah Cox.

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