As I said elsewhere, here in the Cleveland, area we have a problem with urban deer wandering around residential neighborhoods. They are just as unwise about traffic in town as they are out in the country. A wholesale deer hunt is needed by responsible hunters who can be counted on not to shoot people thinking they are deer.
RE: "not to shoot people thinking they are deer."
I've personally always felt that people who think they are deer should be shot, but that's just me --
We have lots of deer here, if I see a dead one, the bodies(mostly) are on a road that is along the river, where the speed limit is higher. Else the deer are just on a afternoon walk, sometimes with their family, nibbling at what ever plant takes their fancy. It might help here to have lots of tree cover and rather dense forage.
My brother in law grinds a small amount of hamburger meat in with his deer meat and they make fantastic burgers. The cow meat gives you just enough of the grease necessary to keep your bad cholesterol levels properly elevated.
Not to get off topic or anything but did you know that there is a very small group of people who actually stop and harvest, eh, pick up, carcasses off the highways of more than just our country. There is a bloke in England who has a huge freezer full of all sort of road kill. He has a party every so often and invites fellow road kill enthusiasts over to sample the different entries. Would that be a taboo activity for you?
I'd have to say that would depend on how long they'd been on the road before they made it to the freezer - and under no circumstances am I overly partial to skunk.
Don't misunderstand me Ed, my Daddy used to take me hunting with him when I was just a kid, and at 12, I'd bought my own .410 with money from doing odd jobs. I've certainly shot my share of birds, rabbits, squirrels and deer. I fired "Expert" in the Army.
But like Clint Eastwood whispered in The Unforgiven, "I don't do that no more --"
..hmmm. I have no problem with hunters killing deer, etc (in proper season). The caveat being.. if you're going to kill a little woodland creature, you should eat the meat (or give it to a hungry family who WILL) & the hide should be used in some fashion.. by someone..Don't be wasteful of a life you've chosen to take; without any real necessity whatsoever. In short, heading out on a trophy hunt, for no other reason than to mount some damned antlers on a piece of wood in your living room, is utterly reprehensible; plain and simple.