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Recreational Hunting Essay

1118 words - 5 pages

Recreational Hunting: The Needs and the Wants
Melissa Mosley
COM/156 University Composition and Communications II
5/16/14
Trish Prince

Recreational Hunting: The Needs and the Wants
Hunting has been around as long as man has been hungry. With the modernization of times, the necessity of hunting has changed. Hunting is no longer the only way a family can be fed with the meat of the animals, clothed with the hides from the carcus, or houses built with the tools created from the bones of the animals. Although the reasons to hunt have changed, the need has not. Recreational hunting, especially deer hunting, not only controls wildlife populations, it also provides tradition in ...view middle of the document...

(Shaw 2013).
With overpopulation comes other forms of destruction. Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a disease that affects deer, elk, and moose herds. CWD is a fatal neurological disease that is commonly thought to be spread by the saliva of the deer. (Day 2007) The exact cause of this disease is unknown but what is known is that the disease is 100% fatal. Allowing herds to be overpopulated could leave hundreds of animals dead from eating the same grass or drinking from the same stream. Keeping the herds thinned out will potentially keep hundreds of animals from contracting or spreading this disease. Another form of destruction that could be caused by deer over population is property damage. When herds begin to get too big, food resources become harder to come by. The deer move to both rural and urban properties. A man or woman who spends hours a day planting beautiful flowers, bushes and other greenery, and even a vegetable garden could leave for the weekend and come home to total devastation. The types of plants that deer eat range from trees (oaks, maples, and pines), fruits (such as blackberries, blueberries, and elderberries), and garden vegetables (like corn, asparagus, and tomatoes). In addition to these plants deer also eat rose bushes and trample through flower and vegetable gardens, switchgrass, and farmer’s fields. (white tailed deer, n.d.) Rural homeowners and land owners combat this by allowing hunters to hunt the animals on their land. Urban communities have also began to battle deer in order to prevent them from destroying their landscape and property. Urban neighborhoods with wooded areas are finding deer on their property more and more. Neighborhood representatives are asking city councils to allow “controlled hunts” to be performed to control populations.
Population control is not the only reason people hunt. Families across America have hunting traditions. Fathers and sons take annual hunting trips. Husbands and wives sit in tree stands together. Men take their sons and daughters out on hunts and proudly display pictures of their children alongside their first kill. In this day in age where both parents work and children go to school and participate in after school activities, it is important to make time to do things as a family. For some families, this time comes in the winter months during deer season. Teaching...

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