Deer hunting entails the killing of deer using rocks, weapons, or air guns. It forms one of the historical activities that acted as a source of livelihood to the people. However, deer hunting is good for the conservation and protection of the environment. According to wildlife biologists, land can only support certain species. Human beings oscillate through the same activities in order to obtain their food. For example, a small dish can be enough for two or more people, but if more people come unexpectedly, the dish will not be enough for the new arrivals. Similarly, deer consume plants (Lewis, Quentin, and Justin 209). Thus, if there are more deer than plants, there might be not enough plants to support the deer. As a result, this forms the major importance of deer hunting that controls the number of deer in the environment. The aim paper will investigate the importance of deer hunting in the environment and society in general
Firstly, deer hunting promotes the preservation and management of the environment. Deer forms part of the environment and thus, they have significant impacts on the environment. Overpopulation of deer reduces plants, which causes starvation. Opposing people argue that deer hunting suggests there are natural predictors that exist in the environment, such as wolf and bear. However, the predators may kill a certain number of deer that could be adequate to reduce them. Incidentally, man has to come in order to reduce the number of deer to create a positive impact on the deer populations.
Apart from being a tool for environmental preservation, deer hunting is a source of livelihood for the people. Historically, people relied on deer hunting as a source of food for the family. The young men and adults used to take part in hunting deer. Thus, deer hunting goes down as an important activity in society that provides food to families. Those who oppose have portrayed deer hunting as a barbaric activity that is inappropriate in modern society (Kerr and Walt 45). They further argue that deer hunting is wasteful and devoid of value to the animals. Nevertheless, it is clear that deer hunting provides food to the families, which positively affects the family’s financial position.
Deer hunting can also be used as a tool of management in the environment. Hunting seeks to regulate the number of deer in a habitat in order to allow for an optimum carrying capacity. An increased number of deer exhausts the carrying capacity of the environment would lead to starvation. Starvation of some deer would largely influence all the herds. Thus, deer hunting seeks to reduce the number of deer in an environment. It minimizes the cases of deer starvation in the environment. This avoids the damaging of vegetation that does not alter the non-hunted population. Thus, it is important to take part in deer hunting as it enhances the effective management of the wildlife (Knoche and Frank 468).
In conclusion, deer hunting is very important in the society because it helps in the effective management of wildlife and enhances healthy recreation. Most importantly, it allows for the maximization of wealth among the families. Deer hunting seeks to reduce the number of deer in an environment, thus reducing deer starvation. Based on the hunting perspective, people do not focus on the suffering of the deer, but on the effective management of the deer populations in the environment. Therefore, deer hunting is significant in creating a natural balance in the ecosystems.
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