The Enemy is Us

There was a time in this great land when hunters and anglers were the ‘go-to’ people for concerns about environment and conservation. Those who took to the outdoors to put some meat on the table and explore the interconnectedness we all have with nature were looked up to by young and old alike for their wisdom and outdoor skill. Well, no more. Since the 1980s  the number of hunters and anglers has been steadily dropping at least until the last couple of years when the free fall appears to have stopped. However, our percentage in the overall population continues to fall.

As I related in my May column in the Alberta Outdoorsmen, “Our Own Worst Enemies”, we hunters and anglers often blame others for this problem, but in actual fact, we are the cause for more people leaving these sports than are recruited. While anti-hunting and fishing groups use the news media effectively to get their messages across, we fail to see the value of spending the time and money to do so ourselves.

So, what’s wrong with that?


About Don Meredith

I am a writer and biologist living in Alberta, Canada. I wrote a monthly column for the Alberta Outdoorsmen magazine, and have published articles for several other magazines.
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2 Responses to The Enemy is Us

  1. With that post you hit the proverbial nail on the head. I have written a few columns about that very subject. It would be about time if the hunting community would learn from the antis on how to use the media to promote OUR agenda.

    By the way I didn’t know you had a blog until I came across it today. I’ll take the liberty to add you to my blogroll. Keep it up Don.


  2. Don Meredith says:

    Thanks, Othmar! Much appreciated.

    I will likewise add you to my blogroll.


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