There are such things as ethical hunters.
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Hunting big game is a sport. Responsible hunters will stand by the facts that they enjoy the scouting, tracking, and stalking the animal. It truly is a sport. Most responsible hunters choose to take animals for ethical reasons or use.
~ Ethical reasons
Watching an animal starve to death is hard thing to see. As humans take more of their habitat and there is less food available, this is a more common event. While there are many projects to try and create more food sources and game trails, in some areas there are just too many animals. In cases like this special hunts are set up to cull the herd. Typically the male of the species is where the most tags are issued. Population control of wild animals has become part of the stewardship that humans are responsible for.
Predatory animals can become a danger to the ecosystem in general. For example, the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone Park has had a ripple effect across several states. The elk and deer populations are being effected. Domestic animals are being taken. Specialists are now having to look at long term results and make tough decisions. Two state issued limited permits for wolves as a method of control. This would be considered an ethical hunt as well.
For many hunters the mantra is, if you don’t plan on eating it, don’t shoot it. Wild meat is great source of lean protein. There are many hunters eat only wild meat.
There should be respect for those who hunt ethically. There are reasons that people hunt and it would make sense to respect those reasons.