There are many misconceptions surrounding hunting.
It is not realized that hunters spend weeks participating in mandatory educational classes and pay annual fees for the ability to use our natural resources to hunt. They spend countless hours learning the terrain. They cling to every second they are graced with wildlife in their view. They enjoy the tranquility and peace provided simply by being in the woods. They advocate for conservation and preservation of our natural resources. Hunters constantly observe wildlife and nature for pure enjoyment. The investments of their energy, finances, and time coupled with their passion for the outdoors drives hunters to demand the best from themselves and others. They report illegal trash dumping and clean up after those before them to ensure an enjoyable outdoor experience for the woodland creatures and outdoorsmen, regardless if they are hunters. Through their required hunting and fishing licensing fees, they fund conservation and restoration of our beautiful natural resources and wildlife. Licensing fees make up the largest portion of sportsman’s contributions to state wildlife agencies equating to more than one billion annually across the nation. Like walking on conservation land? Thank a hunter!
Recently we, Powderhorn Outfitters, have been scrutinized for our coyote contest. This contest is no different than our annual Big Buck Contest, the state’s annual Governors Cup fishing derby, a baseball game, or even Girl Scouts selling their cookies. They all promote sportsmanship, dedication, and comradery among like-minded individuals who participate in events which utilize their skill set in hopes to be the best at their hobby. In some instances the participants' reward is pride, some earn trophies, others are issued public recognition or other prizes. Regardless, contests are competitions and are embedded in all facets of life.
Individuals who don’t understand hunting have caught the ear of elected officials here on the Cape and are badgering them to invoke change against contests like ours. They are pulling at the heart strings of dog lovers, comparing the wild coyote to their beloved pets. It is not expected that all people hunt or even agree with hunting. What is being overlooked is that differences are what make us as communities thrive. The diversity of human interests should spark respect for those who differ from us, bringing realization that differences are the staple of a well rounded society.
On Thursday, April 4th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife will host a “Listening Session” at Cape Cod Community College, 2240 Iyannough Road, West Barnstable - Lecture Hall A in the Science Building (Building 6)
Hunters and outdoorsmen, PLEASE ATTEND THIS MEETING! It is imperative that hunters' voices be heard!
The Team at Powderhorn Outfitters