The Best Time of the Year

This week’s blog was written by Sam P., an Ursids alumni. Sam attended the Wildlife Leadership Academy because he dreams of becoming a game warden. Sam loves to be outdoors and love all things in it. He is an Eagle Scout as well, with which he really enjoys camping, biking, hiking, and absolutely loves kayaking. In school Sam is active in Envirothon, the golf team, rifle team, and tennis team. He is also involved in marching band and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). Through WLA, Sam has learned countless new leadership skills to get the public interested in the outdoors and he looks forward to doing so as long as he is able.

What is you favorite time of the year? I can tell you mine is without a doubt late November/early December. The occasional snow makes the land beautiful. But for others, this time of year is when deer season is in. Hunting is a very important part of conservation. Hunting manages wildlife populations for future generations to survive. It regulates these populations to ensure nature is at a healthy balance point. Without hunting ecosystems would essentially collapse with populations too big to be supported by the environment. Deer hunting is a very important aspect of controlling the population.

Too many deer can cause major impacts on that ecosystem
Snow, deer, and a beautiful day in the wild
Oh deer

It is also a time to be outside and encourage nature exploration. There is nothing more amazing than being up in a tree in the woods on a cold morning watching the world come alive. It is a time to connect; connect to world otherwise overlooked. A new perspective to see what the wild is like first hand. All because we care about nature and wildlife conservation. So, thank a hunter for being a key role in conservation, and enjoy nature.

The photos used in this blog belong to the author.