Hunters like to head out to the woods to get away.
Away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, where we can truly enjoy God’s great
outdoors and reconnect with what matters most in life: God, family, country, and our
hunting way of life.
But someday soon, there could be no woods, no waters, and no hunting, fishing, or
trapping that’s available to everyday folks.
We have lost more than 2 million hunters in the last 5 years. That’s a scary trend, a trend
that could continue to erode America’s hunting tradition and conservation efforts if
Even scarier, hunters don’t vote.
Surprised? I was too.
But less than half of America’s 15 million licensed hunters vote.
That’s nearly 7 million hunters sitting it out. 7 million hunters letting someone else decide
who our leaders should be and what they should stand for.
And by hunters not voting our values, anti-hunting voters are selecting elected officials
who are making laws and regulations that directly impact our hunting lifestyle and our
traditional American values.
Hunting – which was once an honored and respected tradition in America – is losing
ground to those who fail to understand the value of hunting and the outdoor way of life.
We must educate, but we must also vote.
If we don’t vote, policies that tamper with herds, protect dangerous predators that ravage
our wild resources, and generally make it harder than ever to pass on the hunting
tradition to our children and grandchildren will destroy our hunting way of life.
But all is not lost.
Because hunters can be a force to be reckoned with.
The 2016 election results proved every vote matters. For example, Michigan’s vote
margin was a mere 10,704 votes, Wisconsin’s vote margin was 22,748 votes and
Pennsylvania’s vote margin was 44,292 votes.
Now could you imagine if America’s 15 million sportsmen and women unite and vote
their values? They could not be ignored.
The first step is registering to vote.
Each state makes its own voting and election rules, including when and how to register.
In some states, you can register to vote at any time and on election day. In other states,
you must register to vote before the election.
Hunters should check with their state or local election office to get the most detailed and
up-to-date information for where they live.
Hunt The Vote, a project of Hunter Nation Foundation dedicated to giving hunters a
voice and a vote, has compiled critical voting information for each state to make
registering to vote easy. Just go to HuntTheVote.org and click “State Voter Information”
to find voter registration information, polling place location and more.
The next step is voting!
Although hunters may just want to hunt, fish, or trap in peace, we must pay attention and
get involved … or we risk losing our outdoor way of life and our hunting heritage for
Together, we can protect our hunting way of life and our traditional American values, and
we can expand the voice and the influence of millions of Americans who believe as we
do in God, family, country, hunting, and our outdoor lifestyle.
Luke Hilgemann is the President of Hunter Nation Foundation, the nation’s fastest
growing grassroots organization dedicated to educating and engaging sportsmen and
women about the importance of passing down the hunting tradition to the next
generation. To learn more, go to https://huntthevote.org.