To a great extent, hunters, anglers, trappers hold key to their future
Some people are scared of hunters.
A couple days ago our ad agency crew headed into the Ice Age Trail in Washington County to shoot some footage for Gearhead Archery. Nothing too fancy. Just a video on how they have such a short axle-to-axle rig for people who like to hunt public land. Lightweight, too. You can walk farther and get less fatigued.
As we unloaded our gear a woman came up to us and said: “My kids just asked if we were going to get shot?”
After nearly dry heaving, I said, “No ma’am, we’re just doing a photo shoot.” She then said, “Oh thank God, we were really worried.”
I told her that we didn’t rob any banks that day either and told her to have a good day.
As we took our 75 yard or so walk on the trail, we encountered another person who quickly said: “Oh God, is there hunting allowed in this spot right now?”
I assured the person that although hunting was allowed later in the year that there was no hunting allowed currently. I wanted to remind her that her dogs were supposed to be on a leash, but managed to use self-restraint. In fact, I’d say over half of the people we saw that day let their dogs run without leashes (against the rules).
Here’s the problem folks. Some people are AFRAID of hunters. They can vote. They can attend meetings in their municipality and vote against hunting being allowed AT ALL.
How do we fix this? Can we? That day I assured people that we were trained and safety advocates and weren’t even releasing an arrow but, there is fear out there and we need to work on this.
Sure, you can take a kid out hunting but don’t forget to take a parent out too, or a neighbor, as they vote. They are the gate keepers. After all, the parents decide if their 10-year-old can go out hunting so we can’t forget that although we all want to get more kids out hunting and fishing we need their parents on our side first.
Speak up and offer an invitation.