Still True “Hunters Protect Wildlife” Theodore Roosevelt

Since biblical times – and long before – man has killed wild animals to survive.

In primitive times the hunters in the village were very special people because it was they who put the food on the table. They were afforded high rank in society because of their skills.   This all gradually changed – as humanity changed – as modern man evolved and new survival agricultural techniques made hunting less and less important. And as hunting became less of an essential practice in human survival, it developed into an important social pastime that still recognises man’s inherent need to hunt.

Hunting – no matter what the anti-hunters say – is still embedded deep within man’s deepest instincts.

In modern society, there are just as many people who enjoy hunting as there are those who are deplored by it. Nevertheless, the world would be a much better and happier place to live in if the latter would allow the former to worry about the damnation that they say hunting will bring to their souls.

Theodore Roosevelt (1905) advised the world that no matter what the degree of opposition to hunting was emerging within America’s urban society at that time, it was ONLY the “sportsman” – the hunter – who was protecting America’s wildlife (in those days) from extermination; and had it not been for its large brotherhood of hunters, America’s wildlife would have been long ago extirpated.

Today, more than a hundred years later – this statement still rings true.


Ron Thomson

I am NOT a ‘trophy hunter’ - and never have been. I am not involved in the trophy hunting safari business. I am also not a game rancher. But I have ‘administratively controlled’ professional hunters and safari outfitters in my capacity as a government game warden. I am an 80 year old ex-game warden with 60 years of continuous experience in hands-on wildlife management, and national park management, in Africa (1959 to 2019). In breakdown, I have 24 years experience in the management of national parks in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe - and in the management of the wild animal populations that lived inside those national parks; one year as the Chief Nature Conservation of the Ciskei in South Africa; three years as Director of the Bophuthatswana National Parks Board in South Africa; and I worked for three years as a professional hunter in the South African Great Karoo (taking foreign hunters on quests for plains game trophies). I discovered, however, that professional hunting was not my forte. I worked as an investigative wildlife journalist for 30 years in South Africa. I have written fifteen books and hundreds of magazine articles on the subject of wildlife management and big game hunting in Africa. Five of my books are university-level text books on wildlife management. I am a university-trained ecologist; was a member of the Institute of Biology (London) for 20 years; and was a registered chartered biologist for the European Union for 20 years. I have VAST experience in the “management hunting” of elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards and hippos (as part of my official national park work in the control of problem animals); and I pioneered the capture of black rhino in Zimbabwe’s Zambezi Valley (1964 - 1970). My university thesis was entitled: “The Factors Affecting the Survival and Distribution of Black Rhinos in Rhodesia”. Look at my personal website if you want any further details about my experience:

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