12 November 2014
Hunting Magazines: Is There a Point to Them?
People love to participate in hunting adventures. It is a growing hobby for many. “Last year 13 million individuals—as young as 16 years old—participated in hunting as an "activity", a sport, and/or as a profession. Their total expenses amounted to $22.9 billion. It's no surprise that magazines and journals target this industry” (“Top Ten Ways” 1). It is no surprise either that writers in this industry are being sought after because their writing is read more on a daily basis, especially since the big hit TV show “Duck Dynasty” put hunting in the forefront of ...view middle of the document...
Here is a great example from God’s Country. “I snuck around the trees and found a solid rest to get in position for a shot. I’m convinced that the rock rest was divinely placed was divinely placed there since I had forgot the bipod for my rifle that morning.” (Barker 3) This shows that if a person forgets his gun rest, they can always use another type of support. Entertainment narrative writing can also affect the way that hunters are viewed by the public. “Anytime one is recognized as a hunter, be it afield, in a restaurant or along a country road, every single interaction we have with others, be they hunter or non hunter, remember that our actions and behavior are up for inspection.”(Christie 3). In the article The Face of a Hunter, the author shows that not all hunters are bad guys “The only presence of our stay is a campfire ring with with a stack of cut firewood for the next user.” (Christie 3). This really sets up a good image for the reader who thinks hunters are littering and not cleaning up after themselves, so the article makes people aware of the good hunters and their habits.
In conservation articles, there are five main topics that the author can write about: endangered species, effects of animal hunting/poaching in an area, new laws and policies, regulations, and a hunter’s opinion on conservation. When writing about endangered species, the author usually tries to make the reader have sympathy on the animal, and then proceeds to explain how we can make a difference in the survival and the regrowth of that animal in an environment. “Those who take action and report poachers place themselves in the first line of defense that protects one of our state's most valuable resources - our wildlife” (Bulgar 2). This is a great example on how the poaching of endangered animals, could wipe out the entire species. This also goes with the effects of hunting or poaching in area, and why people need to fight against it. In the same article by Bulgar, there is a story about two men who had killed four big horn sheep, thus wiping out the number of large bighorn sheep in this area in Colorado. Also in this article, it gives step by step instructions on how to call a game warden in Colorado and exactly what a bystander needs to tell them. So these are extremely helpful types of articles to help protect wildlife. All of these helpful writings set up guidelines to follow when hunters encounter pouching or when they come across an endangered animal.
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