Vanderbilt students overwhelmingly support conservation through hunting!

CFACT activists pose with the inflatable deer prior to asking students to sign it in support of hunting!

Vanderbilt students are no strangers to deer sightings with the university being nestled in Tennessee, but that didn’t stop some confused looks when a giant inflatable deer was spotted last week on campus as part of CFACT’s hunting through conservation outreach. One by one heads turned and students began making their way over to hear the explanation of the huge deer. 

Students signing the deer on their way to class!

“This is a great way to engage the student population on important issues like hunting,” said Associate Director of Collegians Graham Beduze. “Many were quick to sign the deer and join CFACT in supporting hunters rights and conservation through animal population control.”
Others were a bit hesitant to sign as they saw humans as a problem for the environment instead of the solution. In response, CFACT also distributed info cards explaining the need for mankind’s stewardship of the environment as well as the many positives hunting provides in the fields of stopping the spread of disease and protecting crops.

CFACT’s hunting handout!

The students who hunted or grew up hunting were thankful for the event as they felt their peers and professors (many of which don’t hunt or know very little about the subject) paint hunting in a negative light. These professors argue for nature to just sort itself out, a common talking point made by many in the green movement.  CFACT aims to combat this notion on the campus and instead explain why the free market and individual responsibility are the best solutions to preserve our diverse environment and the many animals that are apart of it.

Student hunter poses with deer!

For example, a type of antelope, the scimitar-horned oryx, is extinct in the wild but thriving on private ranches in Texas. Hunters pay big money for the opportunity to hunt the oryx on the ranches. That money is then used to fund the continued rehabilitation of the species, and eventually it will be reintroduced to the wild. If it wasn’t for game hunting, this species would have no hope.
Referring to the oryx, the Division of Fish and Wildlife said in 2012: “Hunting…provides an economic incentive to continue to breed these species…hunting reduces the threat of the species’ extinction.”
The conversation continued as some Vanderbilt students expressed the desire to host a speaker to come and make the case for hunting as well as a general free market and stewardship approach to the environment to their peers in the future.