exotoxic, on 01 February 2013 - 23:44, said:
I don't see what the problem is??
Go take a course in game management.
The problem is that deer multiply like rabbits and cause problems for themselves snd people. Just in Michigan there are about 50,000 deer/car accidents a year; when the population gets too large the whole herd ends up malnourished (ever go ghrough the woods & see dozens of starved deer? I have), so they invade crpps, etc. A very real set of problems.
There aren't enough large predators to manage the deer population, and coyotes mostly eat smaller game, so the herd needs to be culled down every year. Since Michigan alone has millions of deer spread over almost 100,000 square miles DNR rangers can't do it, so hunters fill the predator niche.
How many? 800,000 to 1.5 million hunters in Michigan alone, ages kids on up. Bow, crossbow, pistol, muzzleloaders, rifle and shotgun. Many are low income subsistance hunters in the rural areas. A cheap way to fill the freezer for lean times.
Hunters get meat, and quite a few donate some of their deer to food kitchens (3 charities handle it) and the state sells licenses with the monies going towards funding the entire DNR including the fisheries. Area tourism is boosted by in and out of state hunters, and the seasonal businesses in the rural areas keep afloat