The Tenets of Responsible Hunting
“In a civilized and cultivated country, wild animals only continue to exist at all when preserved by sportsmen,” said President Theodore Roosevelt. “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 extermination.”
The Forloh Foundation supports the nation's sportsmen and women in their passion for the outdoors and commitment to ensuring a prosperous future for wildlife populations. By supporting the conservation of natural resources and wildlife, we are protecting and helping to manage these valuable resources sustainably.
The oldest sport known to humankind, hunting has continually played a pivotal role in sustaining our livelihood as well as our ecosystem. Throughout our country, many species are beginning to disappear due to the mismanagement of land. It is up to us to keep wildlife populations well balanced through ethical conservationist techniques that ensure the sport’s protection for future generations.
“Hunters are a driving force behind funding many of our nation’s conservation efforts,” according to a blog by the U.S. Department of the Interior. “After the extinction of the passenger pigeon and the near elimination of the bison and many migratory bird species in the early 1900s, Americans realized the impacts humans could have on wildlife. To ensure that there would be animals to hunt in the future, hunters began to support programs that helped maintain species populations and protected habitats for wildlife.”
Management of Wildlife Populations
An essential wildlife regulation tool, hunting provides a natural balance to animal populations at levels compatible with human activity and land use. A renewable natural resource, wildlife offers hunters a surplus of game to be utilized and enjoyed. Through mankind’s maintenance of nature, we are preserving native biodiversity.
Stewardship of Our Ecosystems
Hunting offers participants an increased appreciation and understanding of the Earth’s ecosystems and the wildlife that call them home. Through the exploration of landscapes and climates unknown, we expand our understanding of nature while enjoying the organic provisions awarded from a successful hunt.
An Economic Boost
Funding raised for conservation and wildlife management through the dollars generated from application fees, hunting permits, and stamp sales have helped many game and non-game species recover from low population numbers through public lands acquisition, habitat improvement, and wildlife law enforcement work.