In response I can only say, well, yes. The egalitarian ideals embodied in our system of wildlife management are a reflection and a natural extension of larger ideals that are the underpinnings of our democracy. What this nation's unique system of wildlife management does very well is promote and foster a sense of participation, ownership, and advocacy. Everyone, regardless of income or station in society, has a say and a stake in our nation's wildlife. It is both a hands-on civics lesson and an interactive demonstration of conservation in action. American hunting is participatory democracy at its finest, and as hunters we have every right to fear what its decline may mean for our children's future, because the alternative seems to be a growing culture of apathy and self-absorbtion.