Managing and Harvesting Wild Game

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Harvesting and Managing Wild Game

Unfortunately some people think of hunters as bloodthirsty savages’ that

enjoy the killing of animals, with blood-smeared faces and howling over a dead animal. I

believe wild animals are here for us to respectfully use to survive. How else would've

someone lived 80-years ago without the harvesting of animals? And why should it be

different now? Just like any stereotype, there will always be those who disrespect and take

advantage of what God’s given us to use and create a bad image of those of us who harvest

respectfully. The harvesting, regulation and control of wild animals plays a great role in the

prevention of motor vehicle accidents, reducing the risk of disease, and crop destruction.

Anytime there is an abundance of wildlife, they also become controversial. Any wild

game may be viewed as a trophy by the sports person, an addition to the landscape by the

nature enthusiast, a threat to crops by the for¬ester and farmer, and a road hazard by the

mo¬torist.

Some people believe we should leave Mother Nature to control the abundance of

game and predators. This would pose more of a risk to all than none due to the increase of

the human population encroaching into their dwelling areas. Keeping the balance

between predator and game is more important than most realize. For instance, if the coyote

populations weren’t regulated, the coyote herds killing off the fawns during birthing season

would drastically affect the deer population and others. Vice versa, if there were a large

absence of predators (coyotes), it would cause an overabundance of deer and other vermin

causing the risk for disease, crop destruction and motor-vehicle accidents to increase.

Each county in Ohio is managed and regulated annually by the Department of

Natural Resources. Bag limits and population levels for each of Ohio’s wildlife is dictated

on citizen input, cultural carrying capacity and biological carrying capacity. “Management

strategy requires that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (1) evalu¬ate public

attitudes toward deer and deer herd size, (2) relate those attitudes to the status of the deer

herd to determine a publicly acceptable or optimum population level, and (3) adjust deer

herd size accordingly.” (ODNR, 2011). A resident in a subdivision complains about deer

coming into his yard and tearing up his landscaping and/or eating his garden. To the

homeowner it may seem simple to just move the deer to a farm, but then the farmers’ crops

are damaged losing profit and causing expense to the farmer.

“According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration there are about

1.5 million car accidents with deer each year that results in $1 billion in vehicle damage,

about 150 human fatalities and over 10,000 personal injuries. Ohio ranks fourth in the

nation for deer related collisions.” (NHTSA, 2011). These are just a few factual examples

why harvesting deer as management and control is an important part of our ecosystem.

Hunting and providing for your family is a lost trade. It’s become an unhealthy habit

in buying the faster, more convenient foods with no thought of the lack of nutrition. People

also do not think of the gruesome, inhumane ways animals are being slaughtered in the

industrialized food industry. With the Food Inc. type documentaries there is proven link

from processed foods to cancers, obesity and many other medical problems. I choose to

harvest deer and eat venison because of it being a more natural and healthier choice for my

family.

I began hunting at an early age with my papaw and developed a respect for these

godly creatures that are here to nourish my family and I. Compared to the industrial

processing plants, I personally see it more humane to harvest a deer whose last moments

are living in their...
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