Originally Posted by kevinshorses
So do you think there shouldn't be hunting?
In my previous posts I have stated that do not oppose RESPONSIBLE hunting, and I still don't.
I actually agree with Celeste. (And I cry in every disney movie where an animal gets killed, but I've also had major car damage from hitting deer, although not to the extent as Celeste in that my child was not with me.)
Without some extra predation many types of animal populations would get out of control, especially deer. Far too often though, hunting is associated with just deer when in fact it is done year around in many states and for different animal species.
I own 20 acres. The front portion close to house and barns has about 800' directly facing the public lands that people hunt on. My house sits about 75' off the road and is just down and across the street from the trailhead access. The rest butt up to woods and fields.
All 20 acres get tresspassed upon year 'round by whom ever, when ever, hunting what ever because I am surrounded and hunters think it is okay to go wherever they wish.
My signs make no difference. My fences make no difference. Other than the house being shot incident with state police involement, calling the game comm or local law enforcement makes no difference.
I'v had hunters illegally hunt on my land, hit my house, shoot near my animals, set up their stands on my land, gut deer and leave their mess on my land, let their dumb dogs chase after my livestock (lucky for the dogs the owner got them before I did) threaten to come back and "bag" my turkey (domestic breed of turkey that stay in my pasture 24/7) and generally not give a hoot about anything but "getting the kill." The gunfire (to which there is A LOT) still bothers some of my animals. Thankfully some are used to it by now.
In my defense, I am not from here. Where I lived previously hunting is practriced safely and far away from farms, so I did not fully understand the implications of living near to public lands and trails here. But even so, this is not how it should be.
So, as I said before, for some of us it is not a simple as just "staying out of hunting areas or off those trails during deer season." Those trails go all around my farm, and year around hunting is allowed.
I do believe hunting can and should be done safely and responsibly, thereby elimintating most human deaths and many many accidents. This in turn, would probably make riders feel safer riding on public trails