My approach is through the observation of wild animals. And the awful lives of the hunted ducks I observed, living upon a polluted river in France, make it quite impossible for me to see any benefits for duck hunting. I even wrote a book about them, entitled, The Spirit of Wild Ducks, because it was quite obvious that what hunters do in secret, and brag about as if they are right, is not going to be brought into the light of common knowledge unless people who care about other species enough to look into their worlds, speak out.
But you can see from this thread the opposition you incur if you say anything. Before I started writing books about wild animal behaviour I was a wildlife artist, and running into hunters in the bush is not safe for a young woman. These people are essentially primitive, violent by definition, and often drunk. By definition, they find it sporting to maim and kill innocent wild animals trying to pursue their lives on the impoverished landscape we have left them.
As for the funds they attract, hunting is a multi-billion dollar business that includes the arms industry. Maybe if the bush was safer so that other people could go safely into nature, then the public would demand that funds be allocated more fairly to include wildlife in general and not just hunters’ targets.
With good wishes,
Ila France Porcher
ethologist and author