I hunt so that I may live. Just because you can afford to eat as a vegan/vegetarian doesn’t mean I can.
Let’s talk about privilege.
You are shitting yourself if you don’t think the majority of hunters are wealthy.
Now: you may have heard that there’s a huge decline in hunting lately. Do you know why?
A) Baby boomers — you know, the wealthy generation — made up the majority of hunters. They’re now retiring and dying out. Younger people (aka The Fucking Broke Generation) are not replacing them.
and B) because hunting is fucking expensive.
It is financially expensive. You need to be able to cover the costs of bullets, hunting permits, and fuel. Guns (and decent sights, if you want a higher chance of going home with a carcass) too, if they’re not already available, and that shit is supremely expensive.
All of those things cost money! And none of those things are food. For most, hunting is a lot more expensive than walking to the grocery store.
There’s also the cost of time and effort. Hunting does not mean “walk into woods, immediately see deer, shoot deer in heart, YAY FOOD!”
It means waiting. It means hours of dedication. It means you’re playing a game of chance, where missing your mark will mean fucking up your chances of going home with a carcass. It means needing a vehicle that can handle big game.
And let’s be real: most poor people don’t have the time or the energy to do that shit. No way and no how.
Do some poor people hunt? Yes. Those people are more likely to hunt to survive; but that does not mean hunting is acceptable (more a necessary evil in some cases) and those people are a minority. I will make an exception for those people; but I am not excusing the actions of the majority of hunters, who need meat to live as much as I need chocolate to live.
And now, let’s talk about vegan privilege.
Animal products? Are going up in price. Meat is rising in price. Milk is rising in price. Eggs are rising in price.
On average, vegan staples are cheaper than omnivore staples. Bags of rice are cheap, ramen is cheap, peanut butter & jelly is cheap, canned vegetables are cheap, cereal is cheap, etc.
Not all areas are the same, which means that some people may not be able to go vegan because of, say, living in a food desert.
But still, omnivore diets are expensive. They’re even more expensive when you hunt. While there may be some exceptions to this, that does not over rule that the majority of hunters are privileged.
So. TL;DR: some hunters may hunt out of necessity, but they are the exception to the rule.
Nice try, but no. And while we’re at it, my point stands regardless: OP is definitely a sport hunter.