The Hunter's Image Matters
Responsible hunters welcome laws that enforce sportsmanlike hunting practices because the behavior of irresponsible hunters has caused some people to oppose hunting.
Nationally, about five percent of the population hunts, and roughly the same percentage actively opposes hunting. The rest of the population is predominantly neutral. However, bad behavior by hunters could sway some of the neutral crowd into the anti-hunting camp.
Some common reasons people oppose hunting include believing that:
- Killing animals for sport is wrong.
- Too many animals are wounded.
- Most hunters violate wildlife laws.