How Sport Hunting Works

Arguments Against Sport Hunting

The opposition has put together quite ­a hefty case. Below, you can read about their most adamant points against hunting:

  • In sport hunting, animals are killed for recreational purposes and not out of necessity. Because the goal is often a trophy, animals are killed, stripped of their trophy parts and left in the field to decompose.
  • Population control is not the main motivation in the end. Hunters are after the most impressive trophy, which often means hunting the largest racked males. This strategy removes the healthiest animal from the herd and disturbs the sex ratio.
  • Even if hunters were focused purely on population control, anti-hunting organizations argue that it isn't necessary. Nature would take the weak and unhealthy members of the herd -- providing the strong members with success.
  • Some hunters claim that sport hunting can protect humans and other animals from large predators like bears and mountain lions. But studies have shown that these species do not seem to overpopulate when left alone. If there isn't competition among them, they won't need to leave the woods and interact with humans.
  • Guns and bows can be inconsistent or under practiced. Bad shots are extremely dangerous to humans and animals [source: Animal Liberation Front].

Whether you're for or against sport hunting, it seems that a consensus won't be reached anytime soon.

Rela­ted HowStuffWorks Articles


  • Animal Liberation Front. "The Fallacy of Sport Hunting." (Accessed 12/07/2008)
  • Howey, Paul, M. "If We Won't Ban Hunting…" Animal Liberation Front. (Accessed 12/07/2007).
  • Human Society. "Trophy Hunting." The Human Society of the United States. (Accessed 12/07/2008).
  • University of Western Cape. "Hunting." (Accessed 12/07/2008)