The Biggest Reasons Why People Take Up Sport Hunting

Over the past year, as clubs up and down the country have been able to open up fully again, sport hunting has returned to the country sports photography calendar.

With that, many people are attending hunts again, each of them having their own, somewhat personal reasons for getting involved, and this underlying drive is what motivates them to ensure their equipment is well-kept, take part in as many hunts as possible and improve their knowledge and skill.

Here are some of the biggest reasons why people take up sport hunting as a personal choice, and what it tells us about country sports as a whole.


The Hunt For Success

For many people who take up hunting around the world, one of the key motivating factors is the sense of achievement that comes from a successful hunt.


There are a lot of skills involved in sport hunting and those skills can often be very easily measured, even when practising.


After all, it is easy to tell whether you have shot a clay pigeon or not based on how many pieces it is in, and you can learn a lot from a hunt after collecting trophies and seeing how accurate or clean a shot is.


Compared to other pastimes, where success is far harder to ascertain, the line between an accomplishment and a near-miss is far clearer.


Appreciation And Validation

Because the goals of hunting are so clear, these achievements can also be seen by others.


Whilst validation and the adulation of others should not be the primary motivating factor, in most cases, this manifests as hunters being able to get honest, clear feedback from experts and skilled peers, as well as credit for what they are getting right.


Part Of Something Larger

Being a hunter is about far more than picking up a gun and shooting targets; you are part of a community of people with a tradition spanning centuries.


This community and its innately social nature help to forge strong, long-term friendships and social bonds that endure and can prove beneficial to other parts of life.