Archive for September 27th, 2016

Why We Hunt

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Waterfowl hunting.

This is Passport to Texas

Most of us hunt to put food on tables. It’s not that we don’t care about conservation or hunting heritage, we do—the money hunters spend on the activity pays for conservation. It’s just that our motives are more practical and philanthropic.

Let’s start with philanthropy. The nonprofit organization Feeding Texas oversees the Hunters for the Hungry program, which distributes thousands of pounds of hunter-donated venison to charitable feeding programs statewide.

This quality protein helps to nourish hungry Texans. Many of whom are children and elderly who would not otherwise have access to fresh meat. Learn more about Hunters for the Hungry at

Now for practicality. We’ve wised up over the years and pay more attention to where our food comes from and how it arrived at our tables. The best way to know with certainty: harvest it for ourselves.

That’s why we hunt. To know where our food comes from, and to feed our families the healthiest free-range, sustainable protein possible. These animals lived good lives, and in death provide for us.

Hunting is about food culture, and has been since the beginning of humankind. Learning to hunt to feed ourselves and others is a worthy pursuit.

When you’re ready to learn, visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife website, and search for mentored hunts.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife, I’m Cecilia Nasti.