You are a nature preserve, why do you hunt animals?

Simply put, we can’t keep them all. Carrying capacity is a term ranchers use when considering how many mouths and feet can thrive on a piece of land without degrading it. There is a perfect balance of how many animals (that includes us humans!) that can live in an area without overusing the resources, to the detriment of another species.

Texas used to have wolves and mountain lions that kept other mammals in balance. Without predators, mammal populations, like deer, can explode and one would quickly notice the impact on trees, shrubs and wildflowers. Hunters and anglers are first and foremost conservationists. A hunter takes only what they need and in essence contributes to the health of an ecosystem. Yes, they hunt, but it’s in their best interest to keep the species they love healthy and thriving.

And because we live in a capitalist society, hunting and fishing offer economic incentives for private landowners who pay property taxes and incur all the expenses that go into owning land. Texas is 94% privately owned and hunting/fishing brings in $6.6 billion to this state annually in revenue. Urban communities benefit from our private landowners with clean air, abundant water supplies and habitat for nature.

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