Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
I am curious about the distinction being made between sport and subsistence hunting. Here, there isn't a difference. Even if you get the animal stuffed you often get to keep the meat. Is this not how it works elsewhere? I suppose it helps that the animals here actually taste good.
As far as culling goes, I've seen firsthand how necessary it is in wild deer and Canadian goose populations. These populations would have died out long ago if not for culling season, because there are SO MANY of these animals that they would foul their own feeding grounds and then run out of food and they'd all starve. It's actually necessary to cull some every season in order to maintain a healthy, sustainable population. And of course we have protected areas too. Hunters here tend to be conservationists, and the same land used for duck hunting may be planted with rare grasses and bird houses for endangered fowl to encourage growth. Hunters realize that being able to continue hunting depends on a healthy eco-system. Which is not to say there isn't any controversy about hunting certain animals. We just had our first wolf hunt in years, and a lot of people were upset about it. It seems a little weird that we almost lost all wolves here forever, then brought them back from extinction, and we're now back to killing them :P