That's the way I see it as well, overthere. Not just a status, but to impress females.
Also, another way of looking at why they hunt, it's to get away from the ladies back home.
"Eeerrr, I got a hunting trip planned with my buddies, see ya in a year honey!
" *slams ship door and flies into space hurriedly*
"Urh, I was only gonna ask you if you've seen my favourite pair of sandals lying around... typical males... always have a convenient hunting trip planned whenever they're actually needed!