Here's what we do to bring the numbers of forest rats back to a realistic level -- with no natural predators besides Buicks and the occasional motorcyclist the numbers of these vermin have exploded far beyond any sustainable level:
- Year-round nationwide deer hunting season.
- No limits
- No restrictions on baiting or weaponry. From golf clubs to photon torpedos, if it kills a deer it's A-OK.
- Venison month on Food Network. Iron Chef Deer Day, Alton Brown talks about the health benefits, Giada and her boobs whomp up a deer loaf, Guy Fieri stuffs his face with deerburgers, Bobby Flay BBQs Bambi, the works. All-out media assault to make deer the meat of the future.
That's an interesting thought but in practice it won't work. There are not enough hunters these days. Kids play video games. Kids get taught in most schools animal rights propaganda. I live in one of the premier states for deer both in numbers and quality. Access to hunting land is very limited. When they announce cull hunts in the parks...a "service" hunters provide as the meat gets donated....bunny huggers turn out in protest.
And many hunters are the issue. In my state, depending on location, you can kill as many does as you want. But only one buck. I kill several does a year and pass on smaller bucks. But a friend I have would never bother with a doe and kills scrawny ass bucks every year.
Guns are not the issue. We can hunt with any legal centerfire rifle. Assault rifle, no problem with 10 round max clip. 50 caliber sniper rifle sure. Handguns...sure. High power scopes...you bet. If it goes bang and isn't a rimfire, its legal. Baiting is legal, but it does not work very well. Deer hit bait and most food sources at night.
Part of the solution.
The doe permit should be free.
A doe must be tagged first, before a buck can be tagged.
More state land needs to be open to hunting.
As for my little corner of paradise, trees come right to the road edge. You always see the deer after its too late to react. I consider the hour at dusk and dawn to be very dangerous. During the rut (breeding season) deer will be on the move and very intent on making little deer. November in my state is number 1 for deer strikes. Two years ago, I was by my truck having a sandwich and one doe came flying through the brush being chased by a buck and hit the side of my parked pick up.