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WILDLIFE HABITAT CANADA: The Importance of Hunting

The general public needs to understand that hunting today is just as much a
wildlife management tool as it is a recreational activity. For example,
recent studies have shown that in some places in North America where there
is an over abundance of wildlife, such as white-tailed deer, they are
viewed as a nuisance. What this means is eventually wildlife loses its
intrinsic value as people separate themselves from nature.

We are seeing an extension of this with an entire generation of children who
spend more time indoors watching television and playing computer games than
they do playing outside. Some studies have demonstrated that these children
are suffering from what has been coined as “nature deficit” disorder.
Basically, they have no connection to the natural world and lack an
understanding of why maintaining healthy wildlife populations and their
habitat are important.

Since children are the future and will eventually be responsible for our
wildlife and other natural resources, it is vital that they have to learn
that we too are a part of nature and our well being is directly tied to how
we manage the environment. Many organizations and individuals conduct youth
mentoring programs. It should be noted that these programs go well beyond
the various aspects of hunting. They also teach youth about the importance
of terrestrial and aquatic habitat conservation, species diversity and
biodiversity. By educating young people about the need to maintain the
quality of wildlife habitat, we will ensure that future generations,
including non-hunters, will enjoy the abundance of wildlife species that we
have today.

“3 years ago Kim shot her first duck at the Delta Marsh Women’s hunt… this
was the beginning of Kim’s passion for hunting and the meaning of giving
back to our hunting heritage. Since Kim’s first experience at Delta Marsh,
she has become a devoted mentor, hunt captain for the Brandon MB Youth
Waterfowl Hunt, a Hunter Safety Instructor for MWF, and a Becoming an
Outdoors Women Instructor. Kim has actively recruited additional volunteers
within the Brandon community to help with various events promoting the MB
Mentored Hunt Program. She is everything we hoped for in our mentored hunt
program and is paying it forward to create more MB mentors and waterfowl