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The Common Debates About Deer Hunting

Updated on April 21, 2012
A picture from my cousins deer hunting cam on my uncles property where we hunt every thanksgiving(:
A picture from my cousins deer hunting cam on my uncles property where we hunt every thanksgiving(:

Hunting...known as, "the activity or sport of pursuing game." It used to be something that was done in everyday life as a main source of food, but in today’s world there are extreme controversies over whether we should hunt or not.

I grew up in a family where my dad and most of the men in my life hunted. I am now proud to say that I am a hunter myself. In high school I had some friends who would like to debate with me about deer hunting and how it is "wrong."

Arguments Against Hunting

Hunting is very unsafe.

  • Many People against hunting believe that it is dangerous to the entire community as well the hunters themselves. They also say that hunting injuries are more likely to be fatal.

Hunting is ineffective.

  • People tend to believe that hunting does very little/to nothing to help the over populating of deer in our country. They say that more car/deer collisions happen during hunting season because the hunters scare them out of the woods and onto the roads.

Hunting is unethical.

  • It's said that killing an animal for recreational purposes is wrong because from the animal rights standpoint it is morally unethical. Also, they believe that with the way technology is today there is no longer any fairness in hunting.

Hunting is expensive for taxpayers.

  • Even though a greater percentage of taxpayers don't hunt, lands being managed for hunting is sometimes bought and/or maintained by tax dollars.

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My Arguments For Hunting

Hunting is very unsafe.

  • Honestly, yes hunting can be unsafe but then again what sport isn't? You have to take classes in order to become a hunter and they teach you all the safety rules. If someone decided to not follow the rules than they are unsafe, not hunting itself. People can walk around with a gun slung to their pants but there are people out there who think it's unsafe to carry a gun in the woods? To me, that makes no sense. Also, studies have found that there are more injuries caused in football and even bicycling, than caused by hunting.

Hunting is ineffective.

  • I believe hunting is an effective form of deer management. There aren't very many deer predators left in many areas, so that leaves us, hunters to keep the deer population under control. Just imagine how many more car/deer collisions there would be without hunting! There would be deer running around like crazy. Think it's bad having your lovely gardens and/or lawns tore up by deer; just think of how much worse it would be with even more deer running wild.

Hunting is unethical.

  • What I would like to know is, how is killing a deer for food WORSE than killing a cow or butchering a chicken for food? Answer: it's not! If anything killing a cow or chicken is more unethical than killing a deer. A deer is running wild and free in the woods with a chance to escape. Where are these cows and chickens we kill? Locked up in a cage with no way out.

Hunting is expensive for taxpayers.

  • Hunting is actually very inexpensive for taxpayers because hunters will kill deer for free. We buy permits which are sold by the states wildlife management and they are partially or fully supported by the sale of permits.

Resolution

There probably will never be an end to this extreme debate, people will always feel strongly one way or another and will more than likely never agree on the ethics of deer hunting.

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      P. Thorpe Christiansen 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      Great hub. Nicely said, and needed to be said.

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      WebscapeOutdoors 5 years ago from Michigan, USA

      Nice Hub. I've been a deer hunter for over 30 years and make no apologies. It's a humane way to control the deer heard.

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      Cholee Clay 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      In actuality car/deer collisions are slowly dropping. However it is unlikely that the hunters scare them out. Autumn happens to be mating season as well, and most deer are traveling during this season.

      The deer population is already exploding due to the old laws in WI that used earn a buck. Meaning that you have to kill an anterless deer (anything under three in) before killing a buck (anything with antlers over three in). Males mate with more than one female and only allowing hunters to kill females first was very unproductive in lowering deer populations, in my opinion.

      Could you imagine what would happen to our agricultural lands if people didn't hunt? Deer would completely take over. Sorry to say, but it's us or them. And I prefer to kill the deer than to be killed off for stupidity.

      Great hub!

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      KJhusak 5 years ago from Akron

      Thanks you guys! Personally I think I see more dead deer on the side of the road when it's NOT deer hunting season. And I completely agree shesabutterfly, sounds very unproductive to me too. Lol thats funny...I'd rather kill deer and eat them, than die too!

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      Donna 5 years ago

      Nice hub JKhusak. you write very well.

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      KJhusak 5 years ago from Akron

      Thank you!

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      YourCuz 5 years ago

      Good picture on there!

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      KJhusak 5 years ago from Akron

      Why thank you :D lol

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