Camptalk August 2017
KNOW THE FACTS AND SPEAK OUT
A few facts you should know:
Funds contributed by US sportsmen and women:
$823,000,000.00 was raised from Pittman Robertson excise taxes in 2016 and $18,000,000,000.00 (18 BILLION dollars) has been generated since the PR Act was passed in 1937.
$81,000,000.00 was generated by sale of Federal Duck stamps last year and $800,000,000.00 has been raised since the Federal Duck Stamp program was created.
$821,000,000.00 of revenue was generated from the sale of hunting licenses in 2016.
Who paid that money? Hunters.
Feeding America’s Hungry
Over 8,100,000 meals were provided through the Hunters for the Hungry program last year. That’s 2.1 million pounds of game meat.
Feeding Africa’s Hungry
Over 135,000 pounds of game meat was distributed by the operator of a single hunting organization in Mozambique over the last three years.
Over 285,000 pounds of game meat was distributed in Zambia last year, the equivalent of over 1,000,000 meals.
Who provided that meat? Hunters.
Protecting and preserving wildlife
In the early 1900s there were fewer than 500,000 total whitetail deer in the continental US. The estimated current population is over 32,000,000. There are more whitetail deer in the Texas Hill Country today than there were in the entire US in 1910. In 2015, Texas hunters harvested more deer than existed in the US a century ago.
Rocky Mountain Elk: In 1900 – 41,000. Now – 1,000,000.
Pronghorn Antelope: In 1900 – 12,000. Today – 1,100,000.
Wild turkey have been successfully reintroduced in every lower 48 state. There were 100,000 in the US in the early 1900s. Today there are more than 7,000,000.
Namibia: elephant numbers grew from 7000 to over 20000. Mountain Zebra expanded from 1000 to over 27,000.
Bubye Valley Conservancy introduced 17 lions 21 years ago. Today there are more than 500.
Republic of South Arica and Namibia white rhinos grew in number from 1800 to 19,200 since 1968. 45 years ago in South Africa there were 557,000 head of wild game. Today there are more than 18 million wild game animals. Namibia’s game population has increased 200% since the 1970s.
Mozambique (Coutada 11) – 44 sable have grown to over 4000 today. 1200 cape buffalo in the mid 1990s – over 24,000 today.
Who’s responsible for those remarkable numbers? Hunters.
Hunting, as an essential element of a well-managed wildlife management plan works. It protects wildlife. It preserves wild places. It feeds the hungry. It brings benefit to the people who live and work among wildlife.
Arm yourselves with the facts and help Dallas Safari Club and DSC Foundation turn the tide of public sentiment. Counter the emotion based irrational arguments you know all too well. Rebut the kneejerk responses with the truth. These are just a few examples of the benefits of hunting. There are many more. Memorize them. Verify them if you have any doubts. And be prepared. Dallas Safari Club and DSC Foundation are about to change the conversation.
When someone asks you why we hunt, try this: tell them we hunt for the adventure it brings to life. We hunt to feed ourselves and just as importantly, others. We hunt so that our grandchildren and great grandchildren will experience free ranging wildlife in natural habitat rather than animals in zoos and small enclosures. We hunt so that our children and their children can share our proud hunting heritage. We hunt for the benefit and protection of wildlife and wilderness lands and to benefit the people whose livelihoods and very existence depends on a time tested well-managed wildlife policy grounded in sustainable use. Tell them we hunt for life.
To learn more about DSC Foundation and how you can support our efforts, go to www.dscf.org.
Richard T. Cheatham
DSC Foundation president