For more than 80 years, generations of sportsmen have paid more than $13.7 billion for on-the-ground projects in every state to protect the environment and our fish and wildlife. If you see a greenie-weenie environmentalist strutting around and preening on this Earth Day, tell them to stick that in their pipe and smoke it.
Also point them to this article by two of America’s top deer biologists, Drs. Larry Marchinton and Karl Miller. Excerpt:
In the United States roughly 3 million white-tailed deer are harvested each year from a still-growing population of approximately 19 million. This translates to about 150 million pounds of meat. Add to this the amount of elk, turkey, squirrel, rabbit and other game as well as wild fruits, nuts, and vegetables that is consumed. To produce this amount of beef, chicken, or vegetable crops in addition to that which is already produced would be ecologically devastating. Acres and acres of wild places would have to be destroyed to accommodate this increased agricultural production. More wildlife habitat would have to be plowed under. More pesticides would be applied. More soil erosion would occur. More waterways would become lifeless drainage ditches. Isn’t it better that some of us reap a sustained harvest from natural systems, rather than destroy these systems?
And so we shall go on hunting, shooting animals, catching fish and eating them, our environment is better for it.