I could not bring myself to shoot a deer. We see them all the time in our
neighborhood and they ate my new peach tree last year, but I love them anyway.
But I would not vote against hunting.
Demo Dave, We will forgive you because of your political affiliation. The left
will never understand wildlife conservation as it really takes place. True
conservationists understand what is going on in managing Utah's Big Game.
Enjoy your tennis or whatever it is that makes you happy.
As a non-hunter I appreciate the hunting community's conservation
accomplishments in preserving habitat and wildlife. The income to our state is
substantial. Those who say it's a red neck thing are willfully uninformed.
Because we cannot restore wolf and cougar populations to pre-settlement times,
hunting is essential. It is far more humane than having wildlife starve to death
or being hit by cars.
Hunters and fishermen pay for nearly all wildlife habitat restoration efforts
and wildlife protection expenses with taxes (Roberson-Pittman act on sporting
goods) and their license and tag fees. Hunters pay for biologists to study and
manage fish and game for their protection against disease and starvation. The
reason your lakes and streams are full of fish is largely because fishermen pay
for the vast majority of fish hatcheries to stock them and the vast majority of
habitat improvement projects. The reason there are deer, elk and moose in the
forests is because habitat improvement and protection efforts are paid for
mostly by hunters. This of course supports song birds and all other wildlife
species. Other groups pay next to nothing but complain about the
"inhumanity" of hunting.
Still trying to figure out how slaughtering wild game, especially the biggest
and the best, enhances my quality of life. Must be a redneck thing.
If you think that Utah doesn't have government sponsored lottery, then try
and get a resident hunting tag. Plunk down your money and wait for them to say,
'sorry, try again next year.'