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Re: Deer

Well, Melody, does your local consider the controlled hunts to be a
viable way to control herd size?  Ceres says it's not working where
she is.  

Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
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> From: Melody <mhobertm@excite.com>
>  Marge:  Here in the part of Iowa I live in, we do have controlled
deer hunts in addition to the regular hunting season.  Our county has
in the past licensed sharpshooters to harvest a certain percentage of
the total deer herd and the meat  has been processed and donated to
the needy, sort of like the free cheese programs of the past...We
have a pretty healthy population of deer in Iowa--we are one of the
states where wasting disease has not decimated our herds.  Because we
are such a rural state, with plenty of food sources for the deer
herds, we have very large populations of them everywhere and you can
always judge how out of control their population is getting by the
increased numbers of carcasses along every highway.  I agree with
you, that I would far rather people humanely harvest these creatures
with a shotgun or a bow than to see them torn limb from limb by the
semi's and automobiles that hit them.  Melody, IA (Z 5/4)

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