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How Much Do You Really Know About Hunting?
In America, hunting is a more popular sport than golf, but there are various laws that govern what and when you are allowed to hunt. This changes from state to state, and if you want to go hunting abroad, there are different laws governing the sport. Whether you are a hunting beginner or a seasoned pro, here are some things you may not have known about hunting in different countries and cultures that make for interesting reading.
Hunting in the U.S.
You need a permit to go hunting by law. This can be done online or in person. However, did you know that if you live in Texas and have not paid your child support, you will not be allowed to have a permit? You better make sure that your payments are up to date if you want to go hunting in Texas.
Were you aware that if you want to go duck hunting, you will need to buy a special stamp from the U.S. post office? This stamp costs $25, and the proceeds go toward the conservation effort. The conservation law was voted in by Congress in 1937 and hasn’t been changed since.
The most highly prized animal that is hunted in the U.S. is the snow goose.
Native American Hunting
Hunting has always been popular among the native American tribes. They have hunted buffalo for food and to use their skin as clothing, along with that of other animals. To curtail the living arrangements of the Native Americans, it was common for white people to shoot buffalo in the 1800s as this would affect the Native American food supply.
The grizzly bear was a feared and respected animal among most Native American tribes. They would hunt these animals in groups for safety, and they prepared to do so in much the same way that they prepared for tribal warfare.
Did you know that there is a group of Native Americans that hunt by running their prey to death? They often run 200 miles in one hunting session and are arguably among some of the fittest hunters in the world.
Hunting In Australia
Hunting is a very popular sport in Australia, and many different animals are hunted there. Originally, hunters used boomerangs to hunt their prey rather than the more traditional bow and arrow or gun. The gun did not become a popular hunting weapon in Australia until the 1700s.
The most popular animal is the rabbit, and hunting these is actively encouraged as they are a highly invasive pest. However, when they were first introduced to the country in the 1850s, only 24 were released into the wild. Their owner did not see what harm a few rabbits could possibly do. He must have overlooked how quickly and easily rabbits breed; by the 1920s, the rabbit population had reached 10 billion and has been climbing ever since.
There are other animals in Australia that are more strictly protected as they are endangered species. You will need a special license if you want to shoot kangaroos, and some crocodiles have been hunted until they are almost extinct.
Hunting in the UK
Hunting has always been popular in the UK. Traditionally, this was only allowed if you were an aristocrat; if you were poor and got caught hunting illegally in the 1800s, this was a hanging offense. Many people lost their lives hunting at this time. Luckily, hunting laws have relaxed since then and hunting is now allowed by those who hold a permit. However, nothing more dangerous than a double-barreled shotgun can be used for hunting in the UK as the shooter has to reload after firing two bullets, giving the prey more of a chance to escape.
Hunting is usually done for sport rather than food in the UK, and it is still seen as an upper-class sport today. Hunters often wear livery and hunt on horseback. Hunting dogs are often used as they have such a good sense of smell. Common breeds are setter, spaniels, and pointers.
There are some interesting hunting facts from all over the world. If you are planning on hunting abroad or even in the U.S., be sure to check the laws that are in place wherever you happen to be going to make sure you don’t fall foul of any of them, and always carry your hunting permit with you in your backpack.