Facts about hunting
Is hunting a sport
People often ask is hunting a sport? Maybe, in some way we can agree with this statement. On the other hand if we look at the official definition we’ll see that hunting is people’s activity, connected with wild animals searching, stalking, prosecution and transportation. So, hunting can not be called a sport discipline.
Sometimes we can hear phrase such as sport hunting. It is a kind of hunting, if we can say that, that is mostly done for recreation. When people choose this type of hunting they do not care for meat, fur and other trophies.
Trophy hunting facts
Trophy hunting is a special kind of hunting when hunters try to get concrete wild animals with unique characteristics f.e. moose with beautiful paired horns. Trophies are often kept at homes or offices.
Facts about trophy hunting
- Trophy hunting is forbidden in some countries all over the world. f.e. in Kenia from 1977.
- Hunting for leopards is forbidden in South Africa.
- In Botswana trophy hunting is not legal in government-controlled hunting areas since 2014, but it means that it is open in other parts of the country.
- Every trophy hunter dreams of the Big Five: lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and rhinoceros. The term Big Five was created by hunters many years ago, they considered the animals the most difficult and dangerous to hunt on foot in Africa.
- A lot of great politicians were trophy hunters: former US President George H. W. Bush, former Vice President Dan Quayle and Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf Jr., the former King of Spain, Juan Carlos I were members of Safari Club International.
- Some well-known businessmen are also keen on trophy hunting: the CEO of Godaddy.com, Bob Parsons, Jimmy John’s founder and CEO, Jimmy John Liautaud, and President Donald Trump’s sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, among many others.
- CITES does not prohibit trophy hunting!
- The cost of hunting lion trip for 21-day could be $100,000
- Penalty cost for trophy hunting in Costa Rica is $3000 or facing imprisonment.
- South Africa and Namibia allow trophy hunting of the Big Five only.
- Trophy hunting is allowed in the next countries: Belarus, UK, Montenegro, Australia, Cambodia.
- Trophy hunting of black bears is open in 32 US states, in New Jersey it has been forbidden from 2018.
The amount of hunters in the US
According to hunting statistics, in 2017 there were more than 15 million hunters. In the US hunting is regulated state-be-state, but thera much in common in all the hunting rules. Of course all the hunters should be holders of hunting license. There were 15.49 million paid hunting license holders in the U.S. in 2017.
Fox hunting with dogs was forbidden in England and Wales in 2004.
The Mammal Society and the Animal and Plant Health Authority wrote that the stable British fox population is around 430,000 animals.
Why is hunting good
- Hunting is one of the oldest human occupations.
- Hunting is not as dangerous as others suppose. According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (US), gun’s huntin is the third-safest sport in comparison with 28 other popular sports and less injurious than golf, volleyball and football.
- Hunting gives us a unique possibility to have healthy, locally grown meat without antibiotics and nutrient additives.
- Why is hunting important? - It regulates populations of wild and dangerous animals like wolves f.e.
Deer hunting facts
- Traditionally, male deer is called a buck (larger males are referred to as stags).
- A female animal is called a doe or hind.
- A small young deer is called a fawn.
- Only bucks have antlers.
- Fawns grow up very quickly: in 20 minutes after birth they can stand, walk in 60 minutes, run in 24 hours.
- Adult deers have the same quantity of teeth as humans - 32.
- Buck’s antlers start to grow at the end of the March and grow at the rate of about ¼ of an inch/day.
- Each year, antlers fall off and regrow.
- Deers can jump up to 10ft high.
- All the deers have 310 degrees’ vision due to eyes’ settlement on the side of their head (the humans have only 180 degrees’ vision).
- Excavations tell us that people raised deers at least 4000 years ago.
- Deer milk is a very healthy and nutritious product. In terms of fat content, it is comparable to pasteurized cream.
- Deers mate in October - November, this period is called estrus.
- Pregnancy usually lasts 7.5 months (could be more - up to 8 months).
How many people hunt
What is hunting today? For the Eskimo and aboriginal tribes, living in the Amazon basin it is a lifestyle and meat. For the Europeans it is a passion and tradition. Nevertheless, if we try to count all the hunters in different countries we’ll see that France is the country with the biggest amount of the last-named in Europe.
- Fact: about 3 mln. people have hunting licenses in France.
- In Germany there are more than 300,000 hunters.
- In Russia 3,5 mln.
- In Belarus 123,000 (but only 40,000 from all really hunt and pay an annual license for hunting).
Where is hunting most popular - we will give you the list of the most popular destinations for hunting:
- South Africa
Animal poaching facts
Try to start with the definition animal poaching - is a process when animals are killed illegally (without licenses and permissions). A lot of animals are killed for specific trophies that could be used in medicine, f.e. rhino horns, elephant tusks and so on. Anyway it was proved that rhino horn has no medicinal effect.
1. However 946 rhinos were poached in South Africa in the period January 2012 - January 2013!
List of TOP-countries with the black markets:
2. Tigers organs, pelts, and bones are rather popular in a traditional eastern medicine (although these treatments have been disproved and have no real medical value).
3. According to UN researches, gorillas could disappear from large parts of the Congo Basin by the mid-2020s due to poachers’ activity.
4. China is the world's largest consumer of ivory. The biggest part of it is illegal.
5. Since 1960, the population of black rhinos has practically declined by 98% due to poaching.
6. At the beginning of the 20th century, approximately 12 mln. elephants lived in southern Sahara. Today there are about 400,000 of them left.
Why is hunting important
- Hunting is still an important part of life for many nations and peoples. The inhabitants of the far north, wild tribes from the Amazon basin, the inhabitants of the African savannas get their food, clothing and shoes on the hunt.
- Europeans most often perceive hunting as a hobby, but they also use hunting products for food and hunt for trophies.
- Hunters also regulate the population of certain wild species. For example, hunting foxes and wolves helps to preserve populations of deer, hares and other herbivores.
- Organized hunting of wild animals also helps to prevent an increase of diseases at livestock. For example, in Poland and Belarus in 2014, outbreaks of atypical swine fever in wild boars were recorded. In this regard, countries have increased the quota for hunting wild boar in order to prevent the death of domestic pigs and have banned the use of meat and other trophies. In Belarus, in particular, to this day all boar trophies are subject to destruction.
Interesting hunting facts
The term sniper originally meant well-trained hunters who could catch a small and very mobile bird - the snipe.
Wyoming is the only place in the world that has a special hunting license for a horned hare - jackalope. Hunting season for it is on June 31st from midnight to 2 AM, and this license could be bought only by hunters with an IQ no greater than 72.
T. Roosevelt was an avid hunter and once he was offered to hunt a bear. The animal was tied to a tree and kept next to the dogs. Roosevelt refused to kill the bear, arguing that it was beneath the hunter. Soon, cartoons of the incident appeared in all newspapers in the United States. A little later, cunning entrepreneurs rephrased the story and began to release Teddy Bear toys named after the president.
Today you can find camouflage toilet paper in hunting stores in the United States and Great Britain. There is a legend that once on a deer hunt one of the hunters used white toilet paper, and his friends mistook him for a deer. We do not know whether it is true or not, but sales of camouflage paper have grown exponentially.
Fun facts about hunting
- The Incas had an interesting tradition of hunting llamas. Scissors were used as a weapon in such a hunt. The task of the hunter was to catch up with the animal, to tie and cut the fur.
- By the way, many historical personalities “went hunting”: the English king William II Rufus, the French monarch Philip IV the Handsome, the eldest son of Genghis Khan Jochi, and many others(they were killed by mistake on the hinting).
- The last Russian emperor, Nicholai II was a passionate hunter. He killed 104 bisons for the period from 1886 till 1904. The British ambassador D. Buchanan recalled that during a joint hunt, Nikolai II personally shot 1400 pheasants.
Big game hunting facts
The deer is the closest relative of the moose.
Moose walk without horns, dropping them for the winter, from about December to May. Heos have no horns at all.
There are now about 1.5 million moose in the world. About 50% of them live in Russia. The rest are mainly in northern Europe and the United States.
Toilet paper from elk excrement was invented in Sweden.
During the mating bout lions copulate from 20 to 40 times a day and generally refuse to eat.