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The main point I am trying to make is, that if our hunting rights ever came down to a vote, the most influential group would be the non-hunting public (not to be confused with the anti-hunting public). This is only due to the fact that the "Non"-hunting population makes up approx. 80% of the total population.

We as hunters have always tried to lead the pro-hunting argument, by saying we keep game/deer numbers in check. Basically, with out natural predators, we must selectively harvest animals to control their populations. This in turn, prevents damage to crops, forestry, home gardens and even precious estate landscaping. Furthermore, the reduction of deer also helps reduce vehicle damage and injuries from deer/car collisions.

I have never heard an old lady say "That Monster Buck keeps eating my roses" or a soybean farmer from West Tennessee say "That massive dropped-tined buck ate up 10% of last year's profits". Actually the opposite is true, while big bucks do their share of making themselves a nuisance; it is for the most part does and their yearling offspring that are most visible problem makers. To prove this theory, fawns need to consume large quantities of food to nourish growing bodies, and does need to eat more to replace weight lost in the lactation process and energy lost from the birthing process.

While we all have dreams of huge trophy class bucks, in the real world we have made the argument to the rest of the world that we are the stewards of the game animals. I hate to hear anybody chastise or ridicule my fellow bowhunters for doing their part in reducing/maintaining the population of deer and enjoying the outdoors while doing so. In this economy hunters help provide food not only for their families but also those that are less fortunate than us with vital healthy meat/protein.

This is why I hate to hear people in a position to relay information to the public, only put forth information about and try to glorify trophy-only hunting/management.

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Jason Wilborn :)
 

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There are also laws against speeding, but how many of us still speed? I'm not so sure that anybody can do anything to stop hunting........legal or otherwise.
There is only legal Hunting, the illegal act of similar technique would be Poaching
 

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The problem is this though. While poaching is wrong in the eyes of the law, if the law changes to where all hunting is illegal then all hunting is poaching.
Yep, but isn't nicer the way we have it now? It will be harder to get back if we ever allow it to leave in the first place ;)
 

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Not trying to be rude, but you do not quite understand the management practices of today. To grow Trophy Bucks we as stewards of the land must make sure that the carrying capacities are not overboard meaning we take out more deer to to thin the herd and make healthier animals. We then shoot a ton of does for meat and to keep the sex ratio to as close to 1 to 1 as nature intends. You might hear about Trophy bucks and that is our passion but we are doing a whole lot of work to make sure we have them to hunt. Most of that work goes unnoticed.

In fact TROPHY BUCKS is the best sign around that we are doing a great service to our wildlife. If a area is producing a great number of "Trophy" bucks then that area is a real healthy herd.

So I Believe Trophy Management has been the best thing for our wildlife. In order to grow big bucks the HERD MUST BE A HEALTHY HERD.....
No I do understand and I commend you for any management. I know you guys that practice QDM walk the walk, and do get things for the herd (as long as yo are also taking does of course). My comments are more directed to those who would chastise a fellow legal hunter for taking a deer "That doesn't make the grade". Even though you QDM guys are helping everyone, so to speak, some people don't need or want the help, and that should also be their right to harvest and be proud of any legal deer they chose to harvest.

The going thing on blogs/forums today is the let'em grow, and you should have let that one walk. This is fine for some, but the people whom care little about the horns get kinda turned off by the whole "Down their throats" attitudes of others. I guessasking fellow hunter's not to be QDM Nazis. :)

My $0.02......
 

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Ther trying to take away smoking look how much that puts into the economically.

They are trying to take away guns look how much that puts into the economically .

They are trying to make all vegetarians out us saying meat is bad for you look how much that would take out of the economically.

They shut down the fur market Look how many jobs it took out of are economically

They stopped the drilling of oil were there is oil look what that has done for our economically.

So what makes you think they wouldn't go after hunting. They have money and are making all the rules and don't care about the common man. Once peace at a time they will get us. We are out numbered and will get it there way in the end.
You're right Bowdon. :thumbs_up


Those PETA folk and their little, formal funraiser events and bought airtime/advertising add money to the economy too. :( I don't think that hunters adding money to the economy would stop alot of folks from voting against us, we still have to provide a useful outlet to the commuities and I feel that would fall-back to our animal population control. The thing about money is, that someone always has more of it.
 
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