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Tina Brown
11/2 Discussion
Fri Nov 2, 2012 9:14am
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I plan to write my paper about deer hunting. I have gone hunting since I was a small child so I have some personal experience with this topic. I want to explore and explain how this activity is important to our culture and the health of deer populations. I chose to write about deer hunting because I think that people have a lot of misconceptions about it. Many people believe that it is inhumane to kill Bambi and that deer should have rights. In fact, deer do have rights. Hunting laws are put in place for the protection of deer and the management of hunting. Hunting season only last two and a half months, so deer are not bothered the majority of the year. I do agree that deer should not be randomly slaughtered for sport and I do not think killing is necessarily enjoyable. I am saddened when I kill a deer but I am grateful to that deer for being a food source for me.

I think that deer hunting is more humane than current methods of meat production. Cows, chickens, pigs, and other animals used for human consumption are locked in cages, pumped full of hormones, and are reproduced through a form of selective breeding. Deer on the other hand can roam free and randomly reproduce like nature intended. Deer meat provides an inexpensive, lean, and unprocessed choice for protein. For some people, deer meat is their primary food source because they cannot afford the meat in the grocery store.

Another argument against hunting is that modern technologies provide an unfair advantage for humans. To this I would say both yes and no. Technology has advanced but so have the deer. Deer are very cautious and intelligent animals and they often outsmart and trick hunters by running or staying hidden. Deer can sense potential danger and often avoid threatening environments.

Deer hunting plays a key role in the survival of deer populations. Humans have caused a lot of harm to deer because we have reduced their natural habitats through deforestation and urbanization. Without hunting, deer could starve out because rapid human expansion into deer environments has caused a decrease in available resources for the deer. Whitetail deer do not often stray from their customary environments so when their population increases or stays the same while food decreases, many deer die. I think that hunting deer is better than watching them starve. By sacrificing a few deer, the remaining deer become healthier and can produce more stable offspring.

Hunting is a tradition that helped form America. It provided a way for families to support themselves and it is still used in a similar way today. As long as hunting laws are enforced and deer populations are monitored carefully, I see no problem in killing deer for food.

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