Today on the show we are joined by a conservation icon, Shane Mahoney, and we’ll be discussing the history and future of hunting in North America. Also, if you’d like to skip our pre-guest ramblings, fast-forward from 2:50 up to 12:50.

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What You’ll Learn In This Episode:

– Who Shane Mahoney is

– How hunting has helped make us who we are as humans today

– Is hunting still necessary in a world where we already have domesticated animals for food?

– The impact of the wild harvest of fish and game across the world

– What the “Wild Harvest Initiative” is and how it aims to protect wild places and animals and our ability to hunt them

– How hunter-conservationists spurred the modern conservation movement and rescued North America’s wildlife from near extirpation

– The responsibility we have as hunters to continue in the footsteps of our conservationist fore-fathers

– What we individual hunters can do to promote hunting and conservation

– The importance of properly presenting ourselves and our hunting tradition to the non-hunting public and how we might be failing in some ways today

– The dangers of “trophy hunting” or at least the public’s perception of trophy hunting

– Advice for speaking to non-hunters about hunting, trophy hunting and conservation

– Thoughts on why we hunt

– And much, much more!

Show notes, resources, links:

– To learn more about Shane Mahoney, visit ConservationVisions.com

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