The most popular form of deer control is hunting. Hunting is a helpful management tool for keeping deer from becoming overpopulated. When European settlers arrived, the deer were hunted for meat and hide without thinking of management. After 100 years, deer were threatened with extinction in N.C. Today deer populations are 1.25 million in NC. Hunting can help regulate this population if done correctly.
Hunting has a history that has changed dramatically, and will always be changing. Hunting has been a part of life since the First Era. Whenever men would go hunting during this time the role of women would be to clean and prepare the meat that was hunted. During this Era hunting was not a sport the game was only hunted for the meat, pelt, and the bones. When tribes would hunt for big game the one warrior that killed the game would be considered the bravest out of all in the tribe.
Bow hunting for whitetail deer is both a challenge and a passionate sport for me. One challenge comes when you want to hunt whitetails and cannot find a place to hunt. Every hunter has been in this position at one time or another, for whatever reason. The good news is there are places to hunt locally, if you have the patience and knowledge to do so. The areas that I want to talk about are state-owned game areas.
“Hunting is not part of conservation, it is conservation” says Dr. Jon Hutton, Executive Director of UNEP-WCMC. (25 Reasons Hunting is Conservation) This quotation states that hunting is one of the most beneficial things to improve a population. Conserving natural resources by eliminating a percentage of an overpopulated species helps the natural balance in the environment. If the wolf population goes down, the deer population goes up. If the deer eat all the grass, rabbits and other such herbivorous animals will diminish and kill off all of the predatory creatures that eat the rabbits.
Wildlife population and health is at a prime due to hunting. When Europeans first arrived on American soil, they learned to hunt from the Native Americans. They fed their families with venison, and clothed them with the hide from the deer. There was no bag limit for deer so they eventually killed off most deer. After that they restored the white-tailed deer population and the deer were overpopulated.
In 2009, a law was enacted allowing people to go out to the local Fish and Game office and buy a license to hunt wolves. In Idaho, this only costs eleven dollars and seventy-five cents. Native Americans have a very high respect for the wolf; they have a great love for them and are implemented in their everyday life. They as well as many citizens think that Fish and Game should control the population of the wolves humanly instead of the public going out and killing them for sport. In 1996 the government brought back the wolf and there was a lot of controversy about the subject.
Ever since the Pilgrims were introduced to the Indians, the deer was a big meat source for survival. They used the meat, bones for various needs, including sewing and the fur for clothing. The deer became an everyday hunted game. The decline of the deer population began. Before Mayflower Landed, Indians had a Saying "you only killed what you can eat, so that you can eat tomorrow', the forest itself did not provide the optimum habitat necessary to maintain the deer population.
In the old days, the Indians hunted buffalo and used their hide for shelter, their fur for clothing, and their meat for food. If they didn’t start hunting, it would’ve been so hard for them to live and survive. Hunting is also considered as a sport. It also provides students with an extra-curricular activity. Lots of people hunt for entertainment and fun.
Thats a good thing. It keeps us humble. The exceptional sense of smell of the white-tailed deer helps ensure their survival. In a time when deer hunting has become a sport and not just a means for humans to survive. The intermittent deer hunting seasons guarantee the endurance of deer.
Hunters have now raised that number to thirty-two million” , hunters protect deer so they can continue to hunt them and keep the population strong and healthy. Waterfowl hunters fight to keep habitat for the ducks and geese to live and thrive in their area. This fact proves the ... ... middle of paper ... ...ber 17, 2008. http://www.consumerfreedom.com (accessed November 24, 2013). Evans, Kim Masters. Animals Rights.