The Relevance of Hunting

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation just released an inspiring video on the importance of hunting, and as an elk hunter, I can’t imagine a better message to share. Hunting is Conservation, and it is so much more. Shane Mahoney is an amazing orator, and when that is coupled with the mission of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, we as hunters need to stand behind it and share the message. If this video doesn’t give you chills and make you proud to be a hunter, I hope you’ll watch it twice. If it does, watch it a third time and share it with your friends – hunters or otherwise. And be sure to leave your comments below…

This video is being posted with permission from our partner, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF). For more information on how the RMEF is helping to ensure the future of elk and elk habitat – and how you can help – visit them at:

Here is the original text from this portion of Shane Mahoney’s keynote address at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s National Convention this past March:

“There can be no doubt, that we live in a constantly changing world now.

A world that seems to bring unending challenge to things that we hold dear and to the values that we cherish. The world is becoming an incredibly different place.

We are seeing massive changes in the way the land is used. Massive movements of people away from the rural lifestyles that were part and parcel of nourishing the hunting tradition in our countries.

We are 4.5% of the people in this nation who hunt. In some states it is 1.5%. We know, that if we become too few, we will become irrelevant.

Yet despite these problems, I am now incredibly optimistic.

It is because those social trends that were moving people away from hunting, away from the lifestyle we believe in, away from the values that we cherish, they like all social trends eventually bend back on themselves.

And now what we have, in our cities, in our suburbs, in the very places we thought where it was lost, we have people that want to be locavores. They want organic food. They want a lifestyle that will have them live forever.

One of the things they are realizing, is that our tradition, our lifestyle, our venturing out onto those lands, and pushing ourselves in these hunting experiences. In harvesting those animals that have lived wild and free their entire existence. In harvesting them for food and sharing them with friends and family, they are coming to understand, that this is something valuable.

This is something precious.” – Shane Mahoney