I typically get down about government. It’s not real surprising since they get so much wrong, but not always. Personally, I believe that government needs to step in whenever the free market honestly and truly can’t meet a need. Not when they stack the deck to make it difficult for the free market to work, but when it’s open and free and still fails. One such place is game management.
I love to deer hunt. Honestly, I want to hunt more game animals that just deer. As any deer hunter will tell you, there are limits in what you can kill of just about anything. Those limits, also as the hunters can tell you, are put in place to ensure game for generations to come. Frankly, they’ve worked.
Once upon a time, there weren’t any rules like that. The result was a near depletion in game animals. The United States deer population was practically nil. The same was true of many other game animals as well. In 1921, there were only half a million deer in the entire United States. There were only 150,000 elk and 400,000 turkeys as well. It wasn’t looking good, and those animals were doing better than the bison. Their population had gone from 40 million down to 5,000. It wasn’t looking good for any of them.
The government stepped in and outlawed commercial hunting that was taking out large portions of game and set up the rules we now have today. Hunters often complain about those rules, and it’s certainly understandable. They often complain about game wardens as well, and at times that can be understandable as well. However, the vast majority of hunters know that those rules are there for a reason, so we can enjoy hunting for years to come.
Today, hunters work hand in hand with conservation officials to ensure that there is hunting for ages to come. The usual hunter these days is conscientious of game laws as well as biology. Many practice quality game management as well, all in an effort to create a better breed of game animal.
It’s not often that I’ll compliment government involvement in anything, but this is one of those times. Government stepped in and now I have the ability to hunt game animals. My son will be able to as well. So will his children. Government can be a force for good, so I’m not always down on it. However, it’s involvement in day to day life needs to be minimal. I wish they would do the same on every issue.
Written by Tom Knighton. Read his blog at TomKnighton.com, as well as SWGAPolitics.com. A lifelong political junkie, Tom started out his adult life as a journalism major at Darton College before leaving school to serve his nation as a U.S. Navy Corpsman. Through the years, he has watched government from outside and inside. A former Reagan supporter, then later a Democrat, Tom now finds himself quite comfortable as a card carrying Libertarian and currently serves as Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Southwest Georgia.