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Tina Brown
11/9 Discussion
Fri Nov 9, 2012 11:25am
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My final topic is deer hunting. I plan to defend the idea that deer hunting is acceptable and that it should continue to be legal. I want to explore and explain how this activity is important to our future culture and the health of deer populations. I also want to argue that deer hunting is more humane than current methods of meat production and that deer meat is much more lean, inexpensive, and unprocessed than other meats. I want to explain how intelligent deer are and how trophy bucks often outsmart hunters. For example, just this past weekend, I was hunting with my father and a huge buck ran through the swamp to cause the hound dogs to lose his trail. The buck scared a doe and she ran out into the field. This caused me think that the doe was the only animal that the dogs were running. Consequently, the buck got away.

Some people argue that deer hunting is inhumane and that these animals should have rights. To their disbelief, 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.

Another argument is that the deer populations can survive better without hunting. 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.

I plan to incorporate a wide array of research into my paper. I will study articles, surveys, and deer population statistics. My main goal is to read counter arguments so I can make sure to defeat all ideas people have against deer hunting.

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