Some persons go out hunting to have an alternative to purchasing meat in a store and ensuring that they are getting only fresh meat. Store purchased meat may also not be as tender as that of a fresh kill and the thrill of seeking, finding and killing the prey gives a sense of accomplishment to those who are passionate about hunting.
For those who are against animal cruelty the sport of hunting is seen as nothing other than regulated cruelty to animals and the practice is greatly opposed. But whether animal rights activists admit it or not there are cases where without sport hunting to assist in controlling the population of different species things would get grossly out of hand.
One such case is seen where animals that are indigenous to one country are introduced to a new country where they may have no natural predators. As seen in places such as New Zealand where there are quite a few species that were introduced to the country with no predators to help control the population. The truth is that without sport hunting the booming population of deer, pigs, goats, rabbits and others would have become completely uncontrollable.
Some activists will argue that the government and different agencies only allow sport hunting for the sake of making money. As well as that the implementation of closed seasons for the hunting of some species is purposeful intervention which upsets the ecological balance of things and allows one kind of animal to be breed up for sport. Still this does not lessen the number of persons who participate each year in the different sport hunting activities.
Though different countries have made provisions for hunting there are some persons who cannot be satisfied by hunting only those species allowed by law. In addition, even for those who stick to the stipulations and don’t hunt species that are protected, there are some who find it difficult to not hunt a particular animal during closed season. These persons will sometimes pay large sums to be allowed to hunt exotic, endangered or trophy animals on large or small areas of land depending on the kind of hunting experience they would like to have. Some will pay to hunt an animal over a large expanse of land with or without assistance from dogs, technology or guides. While others rather a more enclosed area where they can square off against the animal of their choice.
The position you take is dependent on your outlook, but facts are available for and against any decision you make. If you decide to side with hunters there are rules and regulations you need to be aware of and abide by. If you choose to hunt illegally then of course there is the risk of fines and possibly prison. If you side with those who say that sport hunting is unnecessary then you would have to try and find a solution for places where the introduction of a new species has already upset the eco-balance of the country.