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I don't have a problem with hunting. Well, maybe I do, in the sense that I've hunted the ultimate prey, and find no challenge in hunting less.
My question, query, wonder, is... what happens when we take out the prime, as you guys say this is. What happens to the next generation? Is it lesser? Or is there such a multitude that it makes no difference? Or maybe I'm just making stuff up in my mind.
That buck is more than likely 3 1/2-5+yrs. old. As such, odds are he's fathered at least 2-3 Deer each season. One or two in the primary rut and one or two in the secondary rut each year.
His genetics are out there, as are his father's.
Hunting is generally limited by the state to insure a healthy herd.
Not to say that specific areas can't be over harvested...but the odds of it affecting the greater population are slim to none.
Now disease is indescriminate, hence the need for responsible management of the herd.
Im not sure about USA numbers but the deer herd up here in Canada is said to be larger now than back in the days of settlement. Deer do not do well in heavy bush, they live on the edge areas of the forests. Thus all the farms etc cut out of the original forests of Canada and if my guess is right the USA also is the reason the heard is so large and healthy.