Misconceptions in Hunting.
Misconceptions in Hunting.
Every day we read or take part in conversations about hunting. Be it with a bow, rifle, handgun or shotgun. There is no shortage of opinions, laws and experience from those that are involved in the activity we call hunting.
Is it a sport? I cannot understand why people including ourselves would call hunting a sport. Sport is something that you compete in either for leisure and relaxation or to win a prize. How can hunting ever be a sport?
Seeing as we are all bow hunters here, let us take a closer look.
For an activity to be called a sport, you need sporting goods. You need manufacturers of the equipment and you need a field, stadium, track or arena. If hunting is a sport, then what is a Game farm? Is it the manufacturer or the producer of the trophy that you won while competing? Who did you compete against? What were the rules of the competition and who were the judges? How did you win or lose? Was it because of a time limit, a score or a distance?
This is a word that has bothered me for a long time now. Archery can be called a sport. Not bow hunting. I have heard and seen many archery competitions in my life like ABO, SANIFA, FITA etc. You even get archery in the Olympics. There are many rifle competitions like Match-shooting, Silhouette shooting or Combat shooting with hand guns or Skeet and Trap with shotguns.
The (Anti,s) are up in arms about our activity/way of life/passion. If you do a Google search and you type in the words (sport hunting) you will see what I mean. It is usually connected to (trophy hunting) So, is hunting for a trophy a sport? What do you win once you arrowed the new World Record? What does a ten year old win when he/she hunts his/her first animal?
I think that a game farm is a conservation project where hunting is but one aspect of management. Breeding, ecology, and tourism are other factors that also happen on the same piece of land. To a game farmer, hunting is revenue. He is not the judge or umpire or the referee of a sport.
Why is shopping not a sport? You go out and buy your meat from the store or butchery or you go to an exclusive manufacturer and purchase a fine leather couch. Some women will really shine when shopping does become a sport. If we hunt to put meat on the table or to get the meat and a trophy on the wall or the skin tanned into leather, it is the same as shopping. The difference is that it is much more enjoyable and it is the type of shopping that we men do not mind to partake in.
Imagine if we take this (sport) to the ultimate level and put ten big male Lions in different pens and put pavilions around each one and fill it up with spectators. Then we bring in ten competitors and see who can kill and skin and gut them in the shortest possible time and afterwards we get ten different taxidermists to see who can make the fastest full-mount of the lion. Then we try and get that going in a World Series. Imagine the revenue that could be generated from such an event.
No people. Hunting is definitely not a sport. It is an activity, a way of life and something that you as an individual must respect and do with a lot of responsibility. By calling it a sport, we do a great injustice to the animals that lay down their lives for you to win something.
Let us stop calling hunting a sport and let us rather be humble in our attitude and approach towards it.