Essay on Hunting: an Act of Conservation

1181 Words Oct 26th, 2015 5 Pages
Wendy Simpson
ENG 101
Instructor: Magda Sokolowski
August 4, 1025
Hunting: An Act of Conservation
Some would say hunting is simply a sport, while others would say it provides assistance in conservation efforts. “Conservation is defined as a careful preservation and protection of something; especially planned management of a natural resource to prevent exploitation, destruction, or neglect” (Merriam-Webster, n.d.) Hunting serves as an act of conservation, by assisting in population control, while also providing funding for wildlife management through the Robertson Pittman Act and hunter created funding groups. While hunting continues to be disagreed upon for various reasons, the effects of hunting have been and will continue to
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Results from thirteen studies, in temperate woodlands, confirmed that deer tend to reduce the diversity of seedlings. Greater reduction is found with increased populations (Gill, R.M.A.,
Beardall. 2001). “Densities may exceed 40 deer per square mile up to 100 deer per square mile.
Public concerns related to this population increase include crop damage, landscape damage, and deer/car collisions” (Swihart and DeNicola, 1997).
Funding from Hunters
Hunters proposed to Congress that an excise tax would ensure that a portion of the sale of all firearms, ammunition, and hunting license would go directly to assist in managing wildlife.
This excise tax became known as the Robertson Pittman Act, which was enacted in 1937. The
Robertson Pittman Act generates $700 million dollars annually, which is distributed to state wildlife and game agencies across the US. From this, wildlife agencies receive funds that assist in conservation efforts in their perspective state. In 2001, Tennessee received more than 4

million dollars from funds directly related to the Robertson Pittman Act to aid in wildlife conservation (Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency, n.d.). These funds were designated to assist with Tennessee’s species of greatest needs. Wildlife such as birds, fish, mammals, snails, insects, and mussels are included in the more than 600 species that will be

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