For Hunters, Global Warming is No Game

Okay, we admit it: The bulk of our readers are probably not hunters. And from some of the comments we received on Gabriel Furshong’s recent “In Depth” pieces on his experiences as a novice hunter, we gather that many of our readers just don’t understand why anyone would want to kill an animal.

But your mom was right when she told you that you might have more in common with others than you think. And should you ever find yourself at a cocktail party with a hunter, you might find it useful to trot out this Reuters story about how global warming is affecting hunters and anglers.

It’s a long piece, but well worth the read, since it’s packed with anecdotes from outdoorsmen who have noticed big changes in the ecosystems they know intimately. For example:

"The past season was a bad one for goose hunting ... I would say the clients only got about 40 percent of what they usually get," said Corey Marchbank, a goose hunting guide in the eastern Canadian province of Prince Edward Island.

He said the weather seemed to be the main factor. Mild autumn and winter temperatures meant the geese could stay longer in coastal areas that used to freeze up.

If there’s an upside to this story, it’s that hunters and anglers are a notoriously powerful lobby:

The political run-off could flow as far as the Republican Party, which has broad support from hunters and anglers but which has been reluctant to address global warming. 

With any luck, when these guys talk about climate change, the pols in power will (finally?) listen.