Hunting is one of the oldest human endeavors, dating as far back as 1.7 million years ago as indicated by archaeological evidence. It is in great part responsible for the accelerated evolution of humans as a species, considering that a meat-rich diet was one of the key elements that lead to the fast growth of the human brain.
In addition, by providing an extra source of nutrition, apart from plants foraging or gathering, it enabled the possibility of far larger populations being sustainable. Many of the skills and abilities developed over such a long time span via hunting, such as improved reflexes, enhanced sight, finer hearing, increased stamina, excellent hand-eye coordination, spatial awareness, peripheral sight, and so on, are still used today in a vast number of modern activities.
Whether we’re talking about driving, piloting, practicing any sport or even navigating around big cities, all these are possible due to our hundreds of thousands of years of hunting practiced by our ancestors. On top of all these, hunting has cemented one of the most precious partnerships that has endured over millennia: the human-dog friendship. This has enriched the lives of countless people over the ages and it is still incredibly strong today.
By teaming up and helping each other in their hunting endeavors, both humans and dogs have greatly benefited and improved the outcome of each hunting trip. Considering all these, it this thus of little wonder that even in the 21st century, hunting is a highly popular and appreciated activity. Yes, nowadays very few people still need to hunt for sustenance or survival and that’s generally the case only for indigenous populations in remote or isolated habitats, but for us, the modern hunters, it’s all about continuing an ages-old tradition and improving a wide range of skills far beyond their inborn levels.
However, in recent years hunting has come under renewed assault from various NGOs or individuals and while they have raised certain legit concerns, the reality is that responsible hunting practices are not only completely possible but even proven to be healthy for the ecosystem.
Due to animal habitats disruptions by human activities such as logging, deforestation, swamp draining, rivers damming, roads and highways and even hunting activities before regulations existed, constant human intervention is also needed in order to re-balance animal and fowl populations.
Wildlife administration organisms are using scientific methods to determine with increased accuracy of how many animals of each species can and should be hunted as well as during which time period (i.e. hunting seasons). Without hunters’ participation in these programs, certain animal populations would spiral out of control, irreversibly damaging their environments and even driving other species to extinction.
The same institutions can determine that certain species, which are deemed as pests, can be hunted year-round until their levels are in optimal ranges for their habitat. In such cases, nature and hunters have a symbiotic relationship and not a destructive, one-sided one.