The hunting instinct should no longer be natural for a man, because hunting and killing animals has evolved into the instinct for "compassion". It does not take manliness or courage to hunt. After all, "Hunting is not a sport. In a sport both sides know they're in the game"... or have the same weapons.
Also, "Overabundant " is a term used by hunters as well as state wildlife management agencies in an effort to convince the public that deer and other innocent animals must be hunted , even though they are not biologically overpopulated and even though these animal populations are kept artificially inflated.
In addition, hunting is not a solution to factory farming. This myth fails to take into consideration the pheasants and quail who are raised in captivity and then released at pre-announced times and locations for the hunters to essentially "murder". The animals used to stock these state-owned hunting grounds have little chance for survival and were raised in captivity, just as cows, pigs, and chickens are raised in pens and barns. While it is true that a wild deer lives a better life than a pig in a gestation stall, hunting cannot be the solution to factory farming because it cannot be scaled up. The only reason hunters are able to eat wild animals on a regular basis is because only a small percentage of the population hunts. If 300 million Americans decided to take up hunting, our wildlife would be decimated in a very short period of time. The solution to factory farming is to become a vegan.
Furthermore, regardless of the life the animal has lived, the killing cannot be humane or justified.
As the great Dr. Albert Schweitzer was quoted to say, "The thinking man must oppose all cruel customs no matter how rooted in tradition and surrounded by a halo...which includes the animals also". Dr. Schweitzer, like many other great and moral men, (just to name only a few), such as Henry David Thoreau, Emerson, Voltaire, Sir Isaac Newton, Abraham Lincoln, Einstein, and Gandhi were against hunting and eating the flesh of defenseless animals. Nevertheless, these great men were healthy and brilliantly intelligent people, even in their time when hunting was thought necessary.
To have evolved from the hunter instinct to the compassionate instinct, requires that a person be "humane" in their treatment of all living beings.