Originally Posted by zoeysmom
I have to agree with this somewhat. While I could never personally hunt, I would rather a deer be killed by someone shooting it for food, than for it to be hit by a car and be left by the side of the road. Which is one of the things that happen when an area is overpopulated.
I don't know what the laws are like in the US, but here in Ontario we have pretty strict regulations about hunting. Every year, those with hunting licenses can buy "tags" for a deer or moose. The number of tags a hunter can get is based on the population of the animal in the area at that time. I also don't think you can just leave the animal there once it has been shot. You have to attach your tag to it and take it with you. There are still some people who don't follow the laws, but if they get caught, there are pretty stiff consequences.
The county that I hunt in in Texas is a "one buck county" That means that one person is allowed to shoot and tag one buck. There are strict rules. You cannot shoot 30 minutes before sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset, because it's not fair to the deer. You also cannot use a spotlight to hunt with at night obviously since it blinds them. Each county is different on how many you can harvest depending on the population. Thanksgiving weekend you can also shoot a doe without a tag, but you still have to have the hunting license. Sometimes the game wardens will give out doe permits/tags if they think there are too many does in an area. My family has a share in a hunting club down in a river bottom and every year a wildlife biologist goes around with a spotlight at night and takes a count of how many does and bucks there are. If there are too many does then they will issue the correct amount of permits to help out the population and keep it more in balance.
If you were born after 1975 then you have to take a hunter education course before you can purchase a license, which I had to take since I was born in '84. It teaches firearm safety and I feel that it really is beneficial to have in place, especially for young kids.
I've had jerky made before, but it's kind of expensive for how much you get back. Plus they always want to use the backstrap for it, and I think it tastes better in steak form. The jerky is really good though. I had to yell at my boyfriend one year because he ate a whole package of jerky in one sitting (we only got 4 or 5 bags of it out of that one deer). I should've made him pay for it
. He said it was just so good he couldn't stop eating it. I forgot that my dad usually gets summer sausage made along with his smoked sausage. That stuff is pretty good too but I just can't eat a lot of it. It's too rich for me, I guess.
I get mad because my boyfriend's rich, and I mean has a 5 million dollar house rich uncle shoots 3 does and 3 bucks a year on a managed ranch somewhere around San Marcos that has the 8 foot high fences around it. Basically he pays to be able to harvest that many a year and is guaranteed that many. It's pretty crappy to me. I just don't agree with it. And then the fact that he just goes hunting only to kill stuff. Like one time he went hunting in Montana to kill prarie dogs just for fun because apparently they are having overpopulation problems with them, but still. He gives most of the deer meat away to family members instead of eating it himself, but I never take any of his because I already have my own. I'm actually glad I have my own so they won't try making me take any of his. I really don't like that man sometimes. He also went pigeon hunting down in Argentina because it's legal there.