Poachers Are Not Hunters, The Two Have Nothing In Common

Poachers Not Hunters
Poachers Not Hunters

USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Safari Club International supports legal, regulated trophy hunting and condemns criminal poaching of wildlife.

Hunting and poaching are not the same. One is good for wildlife and the other is bad.

Yet there seems to be confusion in the media about the difference between legal hunting and illegal poaching – the two terms, when used interchangeably, are used improperly.

There is a video circulating in the mainstream and social media that shows a father and son criminally poaching a sow black bear and her cubs in Alaska. The crimes were recorded on video because the mother bear was collared and part of a study.

“SCI wants to set the record straight,” said SCI President Paul Babaz. “What is shown on that video is not hunting and the two men in the video are not members of SCI. SCI members are ethical hunters. Those two men are convicted criminals.”

In fact, SCI and its members as well as SCI Foundation engage in effective wildlife conservation projects around the world, including bear conservation.

Because it is based on scientifically supported sustainable use of wildlife resources; legal, regulated trophy hunting results in enhanced wildlife populations. Poaching merely kills animals, and in extreme cases threatens entire species.

Legal, regulated trophy hunting never threatens species. In other words, legal hunting is the solution, while illegal poaching is the problem. Using the two terms interchangeably adds to the problem.

“SCI members and other ethical hunters around the world are proud of what we do to help assure healthy wildlife populations for now and in the future,” SCI President Babaz noted. “As much as we work to conserve wildlife resources, we work as diligently in our opposition to the criminal poaching of them.”


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Devin
Devin
2 years ago

Nice try but the public already sees the pictures, the videos, the slaughters and we’re not buying it. Ethical hunters? If you are out there you better drain the swamp because your “community” is chock full of bloodthirsty, arrogant, scumbag killing addicts and if you don’t see that then you’re the only ones missing it!! Clean up your act or stop killing our wildlife.

jj
jj
2 years ago

And equally as poachers are not hunters, the NRA and mass shooters are not in any way related. In fact, blaming the NRA for gun violence is like blaming Metro Driving School for drunk driving.

Devin
Devin
2 years ago
Reply to  jj

seriously the disconnect here is too big to breech…. poachers are hunters! Really sick hunters…but plenty of hunters who do not poach are posting some sick sh#t on the internet everyday. You need to wake-up to the reality that has become Hunting! It’s clearer and clearer that for many it’s a sickness.

Patricia Vineski
Patricia Vineski
2 years ago

Hunters and poachers support each other whether they know it or not. It works like the ivory market. As long as there is legal ivory, there will be poaching for illegal ivory. As long as there is legal trophy hunting, there will be poaching for illegal trophy hunting. They are both trophy hunting. One is sanctioned, while the other is not, and like the ivory, it is so difficult to determine legal from illegal, that he illegal rides in on the tail of the legal. Killing for fun is a reprehensible way to spend one’s time. It adds ABSOLUTELY NOTHING… Read more »

Ian Giles
Ian Giles
2 years ago

The sanctioning of trophy hunting is done by trophy hunters. The corruption happens at the level of government and is the reason we have to listen to the nonsense repeated again and again by desperate old white guys pretending to be royalty. You should be ashamed of yourselves.

Devin
Devin
2 years ago

So tired of hearing how much you all do for everyone…same old story and it’s told by POS hunters just as easily as it’s told by the few ethical ones!

DAVID STANSBURY
DAVID STANSBURY
2 years ago

Well, I see the PETAphiles have found this thread.

D s
D s
2 years ago

All you tree huggers mind your own dam business is hunters is reason wildlife gas habbit qnd dont fir ot over population and disease we live to hunt and eat what we kill, and alison there is a great organization that’s called the hush program where deer or donated to the hungry for people to eat so quit worrying about animals and worry about fellow Americans and American would be better place I swear there is some dum people in this world how you think people survive back in the day and where you think meat comes from that’s why… Read more »

Charles Valenzuela
Charles Valenzuela
2 years ago
Reply to  D s

need some bigger buttons on that phone, D s

Devin
Devin
2 years ago
Reply to  D s

That’s just a sad and pathetic old myth and no ones buying it anymore!

Raf
Raf
2 years ago

Learn how to grammar right then we might take you people seriously

LonestarGEEK
LonestarGEEK
2 years ago
Reply to  Raf

Learn to say something smart and we might take you seriously…

HankB
HankB
2 years ago

Poachers and hunters are related in the same way as drunk drivers and motorists . . . bank robbers and bank customers . . . crack dealers and pharmacists . . . illegal aliens and lawful immigrants . . . and so on and so on. People who refuse to distinguish between the two are displaying a basic, fundamental, core dishonesty.

Ian Giles
Ian Giles
2 years ago
Reply to  HankB

Racist cops, pediphile priests, hunter conservationists.

Devin
Devin
2 years ago
Reply to  HankB

Oh please. You need to open your eyes to the videos and sick photos posted by “hunters” everyday on fb and elsewhere. What few ethical hunters there are you need to take you bloodthirsty brethren to task unless you want to be lumped in with them. There are so many “sick” efiing hunters it’s like an epidemic.

Ian Giles
Ian Giles
2 years ago

Not Really A soldier, Not Really A Patriot, Not Really A Conservationist. NRA are just a bunch of attention seeking has beens trying to justify their sick habits.

John Carlisle Swaringen
John Carlisle Swaringen
2 years ago
Reply to  Ian Giles

Really now. How much have you donated to conservation of natural resources.???

Ian Giles
Ian Giles
2 years ago

I guess you are referring to the “great North American CONservation model “. Where you count wildlife in double digits? Nobody believes in your lies. It is just fraud on a massive scale.

Cjk
Cjk
2 years ago

Poaching is a legislatve term to curb mans natural right to hunt for food when he finds necessary to harvest. The government uses this term to control its citizens. And the government happily uses this term for a simple man who harvest out of season the same as a person who kills for trophy and black market. Ironic….more sport hunting for trophy kills now comes from legislative beuracracy. The term poaching has been widend to turn natural living man into criminal by legislating resources that was never the governments to control or own in the first place. And then make… Read more »

John Carlisle Swaringen
John Carlisle Swaringen
2 years ago
Reply to  Cjk

Poaching is something that is done for profit or some other illegal motive. Hunting is done for in the hope of managing a resource and as a sport. Very different.

Rattlerjake
Rattlerjake
2 years ago

You’re not even close! Although a poacher is considered to be engaging in criminal activity, a person who kills an animal out of season or without a license, but out of necessity to feed his family is also considered a poacher, even though it should be considered justified and taken into consideration. Hunting is not just for sport or managing a resource, it is mainly for subsistence – sadly the trophy hunting ideology has overrun the original and meaningful reason for hunting. Hunting has become a MONEY business for game farmers, trophy hunters, and the government alike – they just… Read more »

John Halverson
John Halverson
2 years ago

Just curious. What were you paid for this full paid advertisement for SCI? Don’t get me wrong, I am a long time financial supporter of our local.chapter of SCI and the wonderful.work they have done….but this was lifted wholesale from their press releases, cut-n-pasted together. If you are paying the *ahem* writer for this “article”, you got snookered. Even mediocre original content is preferable to regurgitation of other writer’s work. Only the citation of reference separates this from blatant plaigerism.

Kyle Rademacher
Kyle Rademacher
2 years ago

Dumbass Giles. You and your ilk are the problem in this country as you have no concept of reality. You are no better then the KKK or any other racist organization. Your do as as say edict is gunna cause bad happening’s for your kind when you push normal America too far.

Ian Giles
Ian Giles
2 years ago

You don’t represent America. You represent the sick minority.

DH
DH
2 years ago
Reply to  Ian Giles

Liberals are the sick minority, get off our site sicko!

Patriot guy
Patriot guy
2 years ago

Just as the gun banners say semi autos are full autos, the hunting banning cults see no deference between hunting and poaching. Poachers could care less about population of animals they are only interested in making money selling meat and body parts. (Black bear claws, gall bladder, etc). Hunters want the game animals to increase in numbers and do what they can to help feed and help with expanding their range. Also I’ve read that when the politicians were writing up the 1934 gun control act, someone with fish and game told one of the senators to put silencers in… Read more »

Timothy-Allen Albertson
Timothy-Allen Albertson
2 years ago

Poaching when food is needed deserves certainly less approbation than another poaching.

Big Jim
Big Jim
2 years ago

I believe that would be called survival.

TINA D GAFFNEY
TINA D GAFFNEY
2 years ago

They are more in common than anyone realizes. They contribute to the same ending for any animal that’s involved. I don’t care what they say because they will always try to justify taking a life…

Chad Bakich
Chad Bakich
2 years ago

Legal hunting is not only a tool in regulating populations it is also a right and a means of food. Poaching is not only illegal and morally wrong but is also cowardly. Not everyone likes hunting and too each his or her own opinion. For those who have ever been in an area or areas where hunting is banned animals not only become over crowded and cause problems for landowners by destroying crops and haystacks. The worst part is the starvation and disease that occurs the suffering is cruel.

Ian Giles
Ian Giles
2 years ago

The term “poacher “ was developed by racist killer white men attempting to justify their killing by discriminating against dark skinned locals. Hunters and poachers are equally evil and should be treated as equals. The sick cowardly minority

TINA GAFFNEY
TINA GAFFNEY
2 years ago
Reply to  Ian Giles

Agree with every word you said. I don’t care what they say trying to justify taking the life away of another living being just minding their own hard business of trying to survive in the harsh elements. What cowards they are with nerves like they do nothing wrong. Makes me sick..

Heed the Call-up
Heed the Call-up
2 years ago
Reply to  TINA GAFFNEY

Tina, aren’t plants living beings? I assume you don’t eat them, either, right? And don’t eat fruits, berries and nuts, you are either killing emerging life, or taking food from the rest of the food chain that depends on those sources of food. And you certainly couldn’t be drinking milk and eating cheese – I won’t bother explaining why not.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
2 years ago
Reply to  TINA GAFFNEY

@OV, Probably never gave a home to a rescue animal, either. She is full of telling others what to do, but fails to do any good in the world, herself.

tomcat
tomcat
2 years ago
Reply to  Ian Giles

Ian Giles You must be a vegetarian. All the meat we eat comes from animals so you must not partake. Anyway, go get your panties out of a bunch and hug a tree.

Timothy-Allen Albertson
Timothy-Allen Albertson
2 years ago
Reply to  Ian Giles

Stuff your social warrior justice crap.

Heed the Call-up
Heed the Call-up
2 years ago
Reply to  Ian Giles

Ian Giles, you are clearly the ignorant racist here, believing that only “dark skinned (sic) locals” can be poachers. I would hope you really understand that poachers are the ones killing elephants and rhinos for their parts to sell to the Chinese, leaving their carcasses to rot. Hunters don’t do that. The meat from their hunts are donated to the locals, and the enormous fees, and other amounts they spend, not only help preserve the hunting grounds, but also provides income to the local guides, etc. The “sick cowardly minority (sic)” are the idiotic Leftists that proudly post ignorant comments… Read more »

Patricia Vineski
Patricia Vineski
2 years ago

I beg to differ. Hunters kill “elephants and rhinos for their parts” whether they sell them to the Chinese or not. They kill for the purpose of displaying body parts on a wall, which is stealing the lives of the animals they kill, as well as stealing those animals from the rest of us, who may want to see them without them need to kill them. Hunting adds less than one percent to local economies and even that one percent is never seen by the locals, but is often pocketed by corrupt officials. It is this corruption that keeps trophy… Read more »

Randall Hart
Randall Hart
2 years ago

How many elephants have you seen in the wild? If you did see any were you in a group which would be scary for s wild animal and cause them mental disress.

Terry
Terry
2 years ago

Poaching the same as legal hunters is like saying bank robbers are the same as account holders.

TINA D GAFFNEY
TINA D GAFFNEY
2 years ago
Reply to  Terry

That’s your take on it and it completely figures.

Pete Bussa
Pete Bussa
2 years ago

Sounds something like the difference between immigration and illegal immigration. Which the left also loves to conflate… Just saying

John Smith
John Smith
2 years ago
Reply to  Pete Bussa

there is a huge difference between an ethical hunt and poaching. first like the story they talk about you never kill a mother and their young, thats a poacher through and through. second a true hunter tends to be very selective with his/her kill. also to set the record straight the term poacher/poaching is not derived in any way with race like one of the previous comments. now you can have a legal hunter who is still a poacher. if you dont have permission to hunt certain land you are by definition poaching. hunting is more ethical then farming by… Read more »

Ian Giles
Ian Giles
2 years ago
Reply to  John Smith

No such thing as “ethical killing”

Patricia Vineski
Patricia Vineski
2 years ago
Reply to  Ian Giles

I have lived in rural areas around hunters all my life and there is NO SUCH THING AS ETHICAL HUNTING. All the hunting I have ever seen involves baiting, much of it involves using motorized vehicles, such as a four wheeler. The “ethical hunting” of tracking on foot, using tracking skills, and accepting when one gets nothing, does not exist. It is a lie.

Devin
Devin
2 years ago

Amen!!