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The very term "trophy hunting" can lead to some confusion: does it mean a hunter won a trophy for good shooting?  No, actually. 

It means a hunter pays a fee to kill an animal, and gets to keep a part of the animal's body as a trophy.  Like a head stuffed and mounted on a wall. 

Trophy hunters claim some conservation benefits for their practices; hunting does get people out of doors. 

But new research involving Oregon State University and other institutions points to the contradiction of conservation alongside the practice of killing animals for sport. 

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Grabbing a gun and shooting something to eat used to be a much more common thing in the United States.  More than that, the image of the hunter was once part of the national self-image. 

But only about six percent of the population hunts anymore, down from ten percent in the mid-1950s.  How did we get here from there? 

Historian Philip Dray provides answers in his book The Fair Chase: The Epic Story of Hunting in America

Oregon Busts Poachers

Sep 26, 2016
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Hunters are getting fewer and farther between, according to reports from Oregon in the last few years. 

But there are still hunters out there who don't want to follow the rules.  Poaching and other crimes still provide plenty of work for the Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division

And they keep one Linn County Deputy D.A. so busy, he won an award as the Oregon Wildlife Prosecutor of the Year. 

The Compassionate Hunter's Guidebook

May 6, 2014
New Society Publishers

A recent report indicated that fewer people hunt and fish than used to, especially in Oregon. 

The situation may force the state Fish & Wildlife department to raise fees to compensate. 

The act of hunting itself continues to attract both devotees and passionate opponents.