For my college English class I had to write an evaluation essay and I choose the topic of hunting. As a requirement for the class we had to publish at least one of our papers, so I choose this forum to do so. Below is my published work that all are welcome to read and comment on. Huntings Positive Effects on Wildlife Boom! The shot echoes through the dense woods on a brisk winter morning. The perfect shot pierces the deer leaving it lying in the snow, lifeless. Pleased with his shot, the hunter grabs a stiff leg and begins to drag it back to his truck, leaving the crimson blood to stain the pearly white snow behind him. Many people view this as an ideal situation when hunting, however some oppose hunting for this exact reason, killing animals. Hunting has always been a part of life since the beginning of mankind, but the purpose has changed over time. Today, hunting is not only for sport but more importantly for wildlife population control. Not only does it help regulate populations, but the revenue gained from hunting helps state departments better manage habitats and populations. Hunting is important for wildlife because it helps manage the population and provide better quality habitat for animals. A common misconception about hunting is that it is bad for wildlife because involves killing animals as the scene above portrays. However, while it is true that animals are being killed, it is actually beneficial for wildlife population as a whole. The first reason why hunting benefits wildlife populations is the lack of natural predators. Humans have removed many natural predators, including wolves, coyotes, and bears. Today, humans substitute as the main natural predators that still eat wild game. Without of natural predators to keep the animals in check, wildlife populations can explode in abundance. The point at which the habitat can no longer support a given population is known as carrying capacity. Populations can increase so much that they begin to eat all of the food, resulting in poor habitat and malnourished animals. While the population grows, and native plant species that are edible begin to be reduced, bio-diversity decreases. As a result, species that are inedible begin to take over landscapes. The poor habitat and malnourished animals results in unhealthy wildlife that are more susceptible to disease. Eventually the population will get so high and food will get so scarce that the population will crash from starvation and disease, also known as die-offs. These die-offs create much more suffering for the animal then a quick death from a hunt. For those opposed to hunting because it is inhumane, ask yourself if it is more humane for an animal to die from disease after suffering a long period of time, or instantly from shot where there is no suffering at all. Today, hunters simulate natural predators and help restore nature?s balance. They remove game animals from the population, preventing population growth that exceeds the ability of the habitat to support them. This prevents large die-offs and high disease transmission rates, and helps keep the habitat and wildlife healthier in the long run. The second reason why hunting is important for wildlife is because the revenue gained. Proceeds from sales of hunting licenses are used to fund state departments of natural resources. The hunting industry brings in around $22.2 billion, and about one million jobs have resulted from the hunting industry. Each year an average hunter spends about $2,000 on hunting, and as a nation $10.7 billion is spent on hunting equipment (Freeman). This revenue is acquired through hunting tags that must be purchased by the hunter, sales of firearms, ammo, and other accessories attached to hunting. The revenue collected goes toward maintaining habitat and other expenses related to wildlife management. Those opposed to hunting contribute little or nothing toward the continued existence of wild animals that they claim should be left unharmed. It is thanks to hunters and outdoors men that others have the pleasure of viewing wild game at all. If hunting was not allowed there would be much less money available to research wildlife and determine what is influencing their populations and how best to manage them. Also, if hunting was not allowed, the impact of not being able to study wildlife and manage them to the best of our abilities would result in poor quality wildlife in the long run. While some may argue that hunting is dangerous to individuals because they could be injured or killed from an accidental shot, hunting actually has a lower rate for injury than other forms of physical recreation, such as football. Hunting accidents are rare and most are caused when hunters mistake another for prey. It is important to implement safe hunting practices and wear the proper clothing to be identified to avoid injury or death. When hunting is done right it is safe and fun. Another issue to keep in mind is that hunting also helps reduce the number of motor-vehicle accidents and as a result helps save money from having to pay to have your car fixed because a deer decided to dance across the highway while you were heading home. Most importantly, hunting gets [you] out in nature experiencing the beauty that surrounds us. For all those still opposed, consider the experience the father and son are having together when they are out hunting. They wake up before dawn while the rest of the world is asleep and are able to view and be a part of something that others often take for granted. Hunting is a tradition in their eyes, and is intended to be passed down through generations. Bearing witness to his son?s first buck, the father snaps a picture of his son with his eyes glistening through the camera lens from his first kill. However, it is not the kill that matters but instead the experience they share together that is important. The father and son know that their time together hunting cannot be replicated elsewhere. Today, hunting is not only for sport but more importantly for wildlife population control. Not only does it help regulate population control, but the revenue gained from it helps state departments better manage habitats and populations. Through hunting, humans simulate the role of natural predators and prevent population growth that exceeds the carrying capacity of the habitat. Hunting has proved to manage wildlife populations and provide better quality habitats for animals. It is a safe hobby when done properly and helps connect generations through time spent in the field pursuing game. To the people who say hunting is cruel, I say be open minded to all the good that has resulted from hunting and remember that it is because of hunters you have the pleasure of viewing wild game at all. Work Cited Freeman, Bobby. "Essential Hunting Industry Stats." Hunting Business Marketing. Nov. 2009. Web. 13 Oct. 2010. <http://huntingbusinessmarketing.com/hunting-industry/>.