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Why Hunt?

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A Guide for Lovers of Nature, Local Food, and Outdoor Recreation

A publication of the Aldo Leopold Foundation with support from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bast Durbin Advertising along with several other conservation organizations and businesses, the guide is a must-read for anyone who has an interest in nature and its well-being. A unique examination of hunting this guide explores the ecological, economic, and social benefits of hunting through the lens of conservation. Learn how individuals from all different backgrounds have found ways to connect to the land through hunting and discover ways you can expand your own land ethic and demonstrate your own connection to nature through hunting.

“An invaluable resource for the curious and the skeptical, this guide offers not only practical advice but also insight into why some of us choose to hunt…and why you may have more in common with us than you imagine.”  —Tovar Cerulli, author of The Mindful Carnivore

Several new hunters share their diverse, and sometimes alternative, pathways to hunting as well as lessons learned. The guide also provides resources and opportunities for those interested in getting started. Whether you’re curious about hunting, new to it, or a current hunter looking for resources to share with others that help explain your interest in hunting, this guide is for you.


Interested in Distribution?

Bulk orders are being accepted for organizations and businesses interested in helping distribute this useful resource. Click below to view the media kit or to download an order form. Questions and order inquiries can be directed to Amy Terbilcox at


Note: To fill out and submit the bulk order form, please download the fillable pdf file. Then fill in your information, resave, and email it to us. Thank you!

In the News

Buddy Huffaker and Emily Iehl discuss “Why Hunt?” on WPR’s The Morning Show
Hunting has a long tradition — it’s not just about pursuing animals, for many, it’s more about being out in nature and feeling a connection to the land.

“Why Hunt?” Tackles That Very Question by Patrick Durkin
Review: Aldo Leopold is renowned today for conceiving the moral code that connects people with the land and its wildlife. Unlike some books invoking Leopold and his philosophies, “Why Hunt?” reminds readers that Leopold was a serious gun-toting, bow-wielding, creel-carrying hunter on land and water.

Aldo Leopold in the 21st Century: NWTF and the “Why Hunt?” Handbook by John Motoviloff
Review: Why Hunt? seeks to convey an understanding of hunting that reaches all segments of the population.