Just recently New Jersey called for a reduction in the deer population...seems the deer are encroaching onto the residential property of our good citizens. Twenty-five volunteer hunters killed 178 deer (are you ready for this) in an undisclosed location in Morris Township, an area of northern New Jersey. This is the fourth year this one township has staged a culling...doesn't that say maybe they need to cut back on development? (Why keep the exact location a secret if it's legimate need/)
Okay...so they made the hunt legal for these very select twenty-five hunters...but, is it humane to have them armed with bows and arrows? Sure killing is killing, but, isn't it a bit riskier that the animal would suffer needlessly if the 'expert' misses that one little spot? I would have at least made it mandatory that those appointed/selected to take part in the culling would have been expert riflemen (or whatever the best are called.) Yes, they still could have missed, but that would have been less of a risk.
I don't have an argument with hunting...in it's season...but I do have a problem with overpopulating an area to the degree that the animals have no place to call home. If I were a hunter, I would be greatly concerned that free open spaces are being destroyed by over-development.
Gee...where do we expect them (the deer that is) to go? We keep building development after development without regard to the consequences of it's effect on wildlife. New Jersey is listed as 'The Garden State' yet, it's farms/gardens are disappearing at an alarming rate. We are so heavily populated it's amazing we haven't fallen into one of the waterways that borders this peninsula (yes, we are a peninsula state.)
Hunting should not be a pleasure sport...it should always serve a true purpose...as a source of food, certainly not as a source of creating more real-estate...this is just my opinion.
Peace to you and yours,