Originally posted by insite
You still don't need a gun for checking game populations. On my island in south carolina deer outnumber people 9 to 1. People fed the whitetales and we had some pretty nice 6 and 8 point bucks. That is until those same tourists who fed them, were given feed laced with poison. Let me just tell you that it worked like a charm. all of a sudden the roadkill you saw on the side of the road wasnt technically roadkill, it was just dead deer laying by the side of the road.
What about bows? guns clearly tip the game in your favor, if hunting is to be considered a sport, it needs to be a bit more sporting. You can kill a deer no problem with a gun but arrows dont fly as far and they do less damage the farther you are away. Asking to use guns for hunting is pretty cheap if you think about it. Its completely unfair and the only fun I got out of it as a little kid with my bb gun was the thrill of the kill. Imagine the thrill of the kill if you actually put some work into it.
Dead deer on the side of the road that were poisioned, I guess that area isint very animal friendly. Using poision can have a ripple effect and harm the deers natural predators, further screwing with the balance of nature. Also, while a bow is more challenging, it leads to wounded/maimed animals, which dont always die. How is that doing any good? Its better to be cheap and use a gun than to maim and leave a deer suffering somewhere.