Are they sports?
I see "sports" as a way of life.
Runners train throughout the year so they can perform their best, as do the top performing athletes in any given genre of "sport"
I train year round for hunting. Every week i shoot 200-500 arrows to perfect my abilities, be it indoor or out.
I compete actively in many different competitions, be they punching paper targets, 3D tournaments, or pursuing live game in the great outdoors.
There isnt a day that goes by that i don't do some activity related to hunting in one way or another.
Hunting for me is a means to fill the freezer and feed my family.
So is fishing, though i don't put quite as much effort into it as i do hunting.
The way i see it, anything that gets us away from the idiot box or dumbputer, and outside being active, is a good thing in both physical and emotional well being.
A kid that's active in hunting and/or fishing isn't out knocking over convenience stores.
That kid generally has a greater respect for life in general, better understanding of the circle of life, and creates a much closer knit family. All of which lend to a better society.
I made the decision long ago to eliminate TV from my home.
No cable, no satellite, not even a television.
Instead, we spend time with each other, having good heart to heart talks, time with the horses, dogs, or just together in general.
Truth be told, we don't miss it in the least.
My girlfriend has gotten into archery with me, and i have gotten into equine activities with her.
We teach each other, and we learn from each other.
Our relationship is much stronger, and much closer knit than most i see.
So yes, hunting and fishing are in my opinion sports, but they also bring deeper benefits than just food.
I RIDE, THEREFORE I AM
COWBOY UP OR GO CRY IN THE TRUCK