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The quest for better deer -- specifically bucks with antlers as freakishly big as possible -- has created a rift among deer hunters.
Murphy said some deer are released into 10,000 acres of land, while others, in the most egregious cases, are released into three to five acres before they are shot down. "Most hunters find great disdain in a known outcome," he told FoxNews.com. "That is not hunting. There has to be a high degree of not being successful. The deer has to have a fair chance to escape."
"They have the right to do that because it isn't to hunt. They just want the head to mount on their wall," said Laura Caroll, who, along with her husband, owns the deer breeding company.
"They [critics] are saying that one way of killing them is different from another way of killing them," she said. "But the end result is that they kill them."
"It’s no different than raising cattle that’s going to go on people’s tables," Caroll said.
reply to post by TDawgRex
ALL HUNTING...Unless you can prove that you dont have enough money to put food on your table....Oh wait...get a EBT card for gods sake....edit on 9/16/13 by shells4u because: (no reason given)
The race for bigger deer has prompted some to fear that cloning methods, first pioneered at Texas A&M laboratories in order to protect the species, could soon be used to accelerate the race for bigger antlers.
Its got nothing to do with survival.
They are being bred to be shot, giving them X aches over Y time is largely irrelevant to the person that wants the mount and also to the person or people that eat the meat.
Now a real hunter, who wants to hunt for the hunt and sees the antlers and meat as a tasty bonus, they hunt the game in a far more vast area.
Both the hunter and the mount show are both customers to breeding specialists and is no different from a free range farmer vs a battery style high output farmer - the difference is only the customers parameters.
I'm not a fan of squirrel or rabbit so I always pass on that, unless it's in a stew made by a friends mom who unfortunately passed away without passing on the recipe. No one has been able to replicate it yet.
reply to post by StoutBroux
Some people don't qualify for EBT but their funds are tight. Hunting and fishing is a good way to put food on the table
reply to post by TDawgRex
Looking for antler shed would net these businesses some good money without having to kill them. People pay a crap load of money for those antler chandeliers or furniture made from them.
If I ever got into the business, that is what it would be.