posted on Apr, 23 2007 @ 07:51 PM
Originally posted by crgintx
As a life long hunter, I can tell you that it's hard enough to get game under the normal circumstances much less when the local environment will be
stressed by roaming hunter/gatherer groups. Trapping will probably yield you more meat for food than actual hunting.
I'm still thinking about that.
I see the obvious truth of what you say about hunting pressure. I also noted your local as the hill country. The populations stresses are indeed
pretty crazy there.
On the other hand, I live west of you, out where it's less than one person per square mile. Even with a huge redistribution of population, I don't
know if the ecosystem here would be easily pressed past the breaking point.
I'm not arguing with you. Just thinking about the fact that 80% of all deer killed in Texas are taken within a quarter mile of a paved road. . .
In many years, the best texas counties have 15,00 to 25,000 deer harvested from them, year after year. An awful lot of that is people from Houston,
SA, Dallas or even *sigh* New York flying down to the hill country for the sport of it. A lot of those tyros will be factored out of the equation,
if fuel becomes an issue.
Likewise, even the simplest barter economy will have the Texas cattle industry up and moving before anything else, probably including petroleum
production. After all, tame beef on the hoof can walk itself to market. Before the ATSF came to Tx, cattle were driven all the way to Kansas for
loading onto trains bound for Chicago and New York. Again, that will take pressure off of hunting, when there's efficient beef handy.
I expect a lot of people will be poaching alright. But their targets will be saying "moo" instead of grunting.