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Re: Deer/fishing

I have no doubt of this.


TeichFlora@aol.com wrote:

> I read a very interesting article in Blue Planet recently on how in years
> back the fish that fishermen caught were much larger and more
> plentiful.....and it wasn't due to the "caught a fish THIS big" story, they
> actually were larger.  The article said this came from the fact that
> fishermen were out for the trophy fish and thus over the years that left only
> the smaller fish to breed.  The article stated that a large fish lays more
> eggs and produces larger fish, taking many smaller fish to produce the same
> amount of eggs.  The article stated that a several hundered pound fish was
> average, and now the same species of fish that weighs a hundred pounds is
> considered a trophy.  The article speculated about the future of the oceans
> populations if this continues.
> I would think that is the same with deer perhaps.  We personally don't hunt
> and I detest seeing the trucks with the deer strapped to the
> tailgates....however have friends that do hunt (not for trophies).   They
> said that most hunters go for the largest deer and leave the sickly, smaller,
> or disabled ones behind.  This in return leaves the less fit for
> reproduction.   He attributed this to the diseases, smaller animals, and
> other problems that are more prevelant now than in past years.
> Unfortunately I don't have the magazine, read it at a doc's office. Would
> have like to give it to dh to read,  since dh is an avid catch and release
> fishermen who has noticed the decline.
> Noreen
> zone 9
> Texas Gulf Coast
> In a message dated 12/11/2002 8:43:19 PM Central Standard Time,
> lja@direcway.com writes:
> >
> > Trophy hunting does tend to reduce the healthy male population and leave
> > disproportionate numbers of does to reproduce.
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