As long as you are hunting legally and following the seasonal and catch guidelines, I do not believe you are harming the environment. Game caught in the hunt is treated much more humanely and with much less detriment to the environment than meat we find in the grocery store. They key is to make sure that you are a responsible hunter.
Sportsmen and outdoorsmen such as hunters and fishermen have usually always been at the forefront of wildlife and land conservation in order to preservethe populations of wildgame. The birth of the modern conservation movement was spearheaded by outdoorsmen like Teddy Roosevelt at the turn of the century to help preserve the bounties of nature for future generations. Accordingly, just abvout every regulation in hunting and/or fishing are designed with this in mind so as long as you follow the rules, you should be fine.
Hunting is not bad. In fact, deer populations have exponentially increased as human populations increased. There were an estimated 500,000 deer in the U.S in the 1900’s. Today the population is estimated at over 20 million. I think a few less deer is not an issue as long as the meat goes to use so they are not killed in vain.
As the others have said, hunting (and fishing) are not bad for the environment for the reasons listed. It should also be noted that when you buy a hunting or fishing license a chunk of your money goes to funds that help wildlife. In this way hunters and fisherman are supporting wildlife.
If you are hunting deer, one of the best things you can do is use the animal’s meat, fur, and other parts for useful things. Many people donate deer meat to homeless shelters. You can check into local shelters to see if they accept donations. Deer meat is very healthy and low fat for the amount of protein it contains. If you can’t use the deer’s antlers, or hide, you may be able to find someone who can. Deer leather can be used for jewelry, as well as antlers. I even know someone who makes flutes out of antlers! In addition, in many areas deer hunting is encouraged because they are overpopulated in many areas. The excessive deer population is causing starvation and damage to people’s property in many states.
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