The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

Local Sports

November 19, 2013

Responsibilities and Safety During Deer Hunting Season


Hunters don’t need to be told that the gun deer season opened last Saturday, Nov. 16. I mention this to remind non-hunters that there will be a lot of hunters in the fields and woods over the next few weekends, so they don’t get upset as to what is going on.


I would like to remind hunters that it not only gets more important each year to act ethically toward other hunters, but also toward landowners.


As more folks distance themselves from nature, the less they understand about it. Thus, they fail to understand what hunting means to many outdoorsmen, and that it is our main wildlife management tool.


Can you imagine what it would be like with no one keeping the deer population under control? It would be like the Town of Amherst all over the state, which would lead to extensive crop and habitat damage, not to mention the massive increase of deer and vehicle collisions.


Of course this condition would not last forever, because diseases and malnutrition would cause the deer herd population to crash. Then all those that don’t understand nature and its management would cry, “Where have all our deer gone?” They just don’t seem to understand that it is much better to manage deer through hunting and keep them within the bounties of the habitat capacity. Isn’t it better to have fewer deer that are healthy and not destroying the habitat that also affects other wildlife, as compared to having weak and diseased deer slowly dying?


So us hunters need to be careful of our actions while out enjoying our sport, because there are folks out there watching that really think hunters are the bad guys.
Trespassing can be a problem during deer season because the deer move around a great deal, and hunters sometimes don’t realize how they are hurting our sport by chasing on property they don’t have permission to hunt.

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