The Wilderness Stewardship Foundation sees hunting as one of the tools for managing wildlife populations. Hunters and guide outfitters were the original conservationists, as they had a vested interest in conserving their hunt species. Guide outfitters and hunters have contributed over $120 million to habitat enhancement and wildlife conservation projects since 1981.

Hunting also generates considerable economic revenue. In 2003 hunters in BC spent approximately $116 million. Hunting employs 1,700 British Columbians and fishing employs 7,900. (numbers from BC Fish and Wildlife)

There is a long tradition of sustainable hunting practices and conservative use of wildlife in North America. Strong regulations and close monitoring ensure that over-hunting doesn’t occur. Wildlife managers work to keep populations large enough to prevent inbreeding but small enough to stay under carrying capacity of the land. Managing the population size also helps to prevent the spread of transmissible diseases such as rabies, giardia and distemper

We see wildlife as one of the most important renewable resources. They are important indicators of ecosystem health. It is our duty to protect them and their habitats through balanced resource use.

The excellent people who protest against all hunting and consider sportsmen as enemies of wildlife are ignorant of the fact that in reality the genuine sportsman is by all odds, the most important factor in keeping the larger and more valuable wild creatures from total extinction.
– Theodore Roosevelt