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Re: Deer

 Linda:  One of our nursing supervisors paid $450.00 for an elk license in Wyoming to hunt with a friend of his who lives out there...that's the cost of one out of state elk license that permits a hunter to take just one elk.  Poor fellow, though, spent a week hunting morning to night, before he finally did get his elk...Expensive way to go about getting food, I'd say.  :-)  Melody, IA (Z 5/4)

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--Albert Einstein --- On Wed 12/11, Linda < > wrote:From: Linda [mailto:]To: gardenchat@hort.netDate: Wed, 11 Dec 2002 19:42:16 -0700Subject: Re: [CHAT] DeerTrophy hunting does tend to reduce the healthy male population and leavedisproportionate numbers of does to reproduce.  (Also the fewer sets oftrophy antlers out there, the more someone will pay to take one home and putit on their wall.)  Hunting for meat is more egalitarian as does are goodeating and licenses are issued for bucks or does specifically, not just for'deer'.As I've said before, we don't hunt or allow hunting on our property and thatis respected.  But I'm told that in more populated areas property lines tendto be ignored.  Here the game and fish folks stay pretty well on top of it,and generally are good at setting the hunt each year in relation to overallpopulation and habitat.  They also provide hunter safety courses, and muchof the hunting by novices is with guides.  I suspect that over population inrelation to available habitat is a major cause of disease among wildlife.That said, a friend recently gave us a good supply of elk meat and we'redelighted to have it.  Game is much healthier to eat than fattened domesticanimals in terms of fat and cholesterol and hormones and antibiotics.  Itdoesn't seem to me that a person should have to be starving in order to hunt(if you're that poor, you can't afford the license and equipment anyway),but I don't like the trophy hunting.  If you go out and kill an animal, youought to eat it, not just hang the head on the wall.We have way more mule deer than white tailed deer around here.  The muliescan do some damage in a yard, but not in comparison to white tails.  Andsince there are wide open spaces for animals, they don't hang around yardsgetting tame except in towns and we don't have many of those!  The bigproblem you have in more populated areas is trying to squeeze too manypeople and animals into the same space.  And I think you don't have theright ingredients to man

age harvests by hunters to keep a balance betweenanimals and habitat.  Out here there are always more people wanting huntinglicenses than there are licenses available.Linda in Wyoming> Well said, Marge, as always.  Skipping over my problem with hunting for> "pleasure", my problem with hunting as a means of population control isthat> the hunters do not cull the herd as a true predator would do.  Humanhunters> take down the best and the strongest, not the weak and sick.  Perhaps if> they had to run them down on foot it would be different.> And maybe also if it were the controlled hunt you suggest.  Tough topic.I> think I like Jim's heeheehee's better!>> Libby---------------------------------------------------------------------To sign-off this list, send email to with themessage text UNSUBSCRIBE GARDENCHAT

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