Originally Posted by ChoclateBetta
If you have extra meat what happens to it?
That, Choc, is when your freezer becomes your best friend.
I personally don't hunt yet - I'm a decent shot, but my marksmanship isn't quite at the level that I'd be comfortable hunting as I want to be sure that any kill I make will be as swift and humane as possible. I just got a bow that I could actually take hunting last year and between school and work, it's been tough finding time to get to the range and practice. lol And I'd need to get a different rifle to hunt with - my little Remington 581 .22 rimfire won't do much more than small game
I'm of the school of thought that hunting is somewhat of a necessity in the modern world, especially since humans have removed many of the keystone species and/or apex predators from their natural habitat. We've pretty much made a place where generalist animals like deer and coyotes thrive, but the animals that would naturally keep these populations in check struggle to survive; therefore, deer/coyote/racoon/etc. populations increase to a level that stresses the entire ecosystem. Without removing some of the generalists, it's possible for an ecosystem to be dramatically altered or even crash. However, hunting must be done in a sustainable way to avoid removing too many animals and tipping the balance in the opposite direction - 'tis an extremely complex issue.