It didn’t take me long to make the correlation between hunting and conservation. As I educated myself about hunting through listening to podcasts, reading magazines and watching the type of hunting shows that talked about giving back to the land and the animals, I knew that I couldn’t just be someone who takes, I need to give back, tenfold. I started joining conservation organizations that shared my values and that I felt made the greatest impact, whether here in my home state of Indiana, or across the nation. I believe that being a hunter, does not automatically make you a conservationist, there is more you can, and should do, if you want to sustain hunting for future generations. I currently belong to, or am on the board of, twelve conservation organizations, and I am proud to know that my time and dollars are making a difference for hunters and anglers across the country, who may not be able to make the same commitments. In the words of Randy Newberg, “Conservation is never easy, it’s never convenient, and it’s never comfortable”. He is right, it is hard work, but it’s totally worth it.
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