Anyone who hunts or fishes experiences some form of unexplainable satisfaction from their outdoor pursuits. Studies have even shown that increases men’s so-called “love hormone.” Here are three benefits of hunting that cannot be disputed.
According to the last completed study by the National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, hunters and fishermen spend around 122 billion dollars a year in their outdoor pursuits. This survey is endorsed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and it provides tangible proof that hunters pay their fair share for wildlife management.
When any person enjoys observing nature, you as a hunter can take great pride and satisfaction knowing that you played a larger part in making that happen. To put it in recent vernacular, ‘you built that’ healthy herd of animals, that giant flock of fowl and those amazing schools of fish. You built that.
Better Health & Fitness
Before we can even go hunting, we have to learn a pile of laws and regulations and navigate tons of sometimes-ridiculous state and federal paperwork. I live in Alaska, and compared to the 15 or so other states I have hunted in; Alaska is the absolute worst when it comes to learning rules and obtaining permits and licenses. I find the effort tiring but stimulating. It keeps me sharp, gives me a challenge, and I get some sort of sick satisfaction earning my results.
The physical benefits of hunting are obvious, but there are other benefits to getting in shape and maintaining a sound mind and body; it oftentimes inspires others to do the same. The only thing more satisfying than good health is encouraging others to become healthier. Without preaching to the choir, we all deserve a chance to reach our potential as humans and hunters, and being healthier only hurts medical billing services.
Satisfaction of Sharing
Almost every state has programs in place that help hunters share their bounty with others who either want or need low-fat, high-protein game meat. ‘Many a man has found himself while in the service of others.’ I don’t know who said that, but it works for me and I take great pride and satisfaction sharing my game meat with family and friends.
It is not generosity that drives me to share, it is selfishness. I love the feeling I get from sharing, so it makes me feel good and I am not ashamed to admit it. It also provides a good example to non-hunters or young hunters. Sometimes, a positive action can inspire other positive actions, so why not do your part and make people and places around you better then when you found them?