The Necessity Of Hunting

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Deer hunting today is a major part of conserving our nation’s wildlife. With the large predatory mammal population nearly none existent, the life expectancy for deer is quite unnaturally long. These populations, if they are allowed to grow unchecked, could pose serious repercussions. Not only to agricultural areas, but also outlying urban areas and drivers will be affected too. Now a hunter’s role in our nation’s ecosystem is that of the primary predator of deer. Before regulated hunting laws were enforced, hunters were damaging the ecosystem of our nation by overhunting areas, leaving little food for the natives at that time and certain predatory animals. Even farms are affected by deer that graze in agricultural fields, competing directly with humans for food. Mike Crissey of the Associated Press points out that deer herds that are too large can damage their own environment by killing young saplings that can lead to shorter and a fewer diversity of trees. A good example would be Catoctin Mountain Park, Maryland, where Camp David is located. In the park the Secret Service prohibited hunting causing the deer population there to soar over well over 400 deer in an area that can only support 125 to 175 deer, causing over grazing and uncontrollable erosion (Marquardt 117). Also if deer populations exceed the amount their home range can maintain starvation can occur and disease as well which could also be transferred to livestock. Deer hunting in Oklahoma is the proven system for managing deer populations. According to Clay Bell of Oklahoma Game and Fish, 98,581 Whitetail deer were taken in 2002 from Oklahoma. Without hunters, these numbers would not be feasible, but with the help of private citizens taking their own time to pursue not only a seasonal pastime event, but a service that effectively keeps herd numbers in check. Also, hunting is another

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