posted on Aug, 9 2006 @ 06:08 PM
While you can try to cordon off crops or relocate deer thats not going to be as effective as you would think. As an active and avid hunter I can say
first hand that deer are not some dopey animal you can herd like cattle onto a trailer and just drive them off to another place. You would have to
basically hunt them just like normal hunters do then shoot them with a tranqualizer dart, bag them up, move them, and keep them under while in
tranist, becuase a conscious deer is a panicking creature. Cordoning off corps also is ineffective, I've seen deer jump 4' fences like it wasn't
even there. It would require military-style fencing to effectively keep them out.
The Bambi-syndrome as its called has done wonders to set the public against hunters, depicting them as the personification of evil itself hunting
these poor defenseless animals. The fact is that given the effect of humans on an environment they drive out or kill agressive predators that would
otherwise keep the animal populations in check. As we push populated areas to new sizes we squeeze animals. If the population isint controlled by
the predators then number soar and suddenly you have deer crossing highways, causing accidents and racking up huge bills for lots of people.
In my county we have an arrangement for farmers where they have special bag limits on deer that are much greater than those of normal hunters, and
many farmers manage to expend their game tags through the course of the season. That coupled with normal hunting would make many think that the deer
are few in numbers, yet on any given day of the summer I can cound 15 or more deer in one field alone, to say nothing of the ones seen on the side of
the road at night when driving. If the deer population is doing that good with the farmers and hunters killing them left and right, I wonder if
hunting deer is as bad as the touchy-feely crowd would like to think or are we actually doing a better job of regulationg the animals than they would?