HUNTING IS USED AS A TOOL TO
INCREASEDEER NUMBERSFrom Marilyn Bensley:
A text titled Wildlife Ecology and Management by William Robinson states quiteclearly: "The general theory of harvesting animals is based on the premise thatwhen animals are not harvested at all, growth and recruitment are balanced bynatural mortality and that the average growth rate of a population at its carryingcapacity is zero. Harvesting reduces the population size, but the reduction results inan increase in the growth rate of the population. This increase in growth rate isbrought about because of higher birth rates and lower death rates resulting fromdecreased competition for resources. This increased growth rate provides a surplusof individuals above the number required to replace the population, and this surpluscan be harvested."
"The Olean (New York) Times-Herald of September 30, 1978, quoted [NYS regional wildlife manager Terry] Moore as stating that in order toincrease the success rates of big game hunters, 'we will attempt to increasethe number of deer until we experience high incidences of deer-carcollisions, depredation of agricultural crops becomesintolerable and/or the effects on deer habitat begin to result indeterioration.' "
(quoted in The American Hunting Myth_ by Ron Baker (VantagePress 1985).
from the DEC’s (Department of Environmental Conservation in NY) “TheConservationist”: “Ideally,..if the desired number of...deer are taken each year...a
maximum fawn crop will be produced each
summer.” [Sept./Oct., 1976]
“A quick surge in a deer population can occur if hunting is implemented where ithasn’t been before. In any event, if hunting is started, it’ll have to continue.”
Former trapper --
Thomas Eveland, Ph.D., “Why Killing Deer Make
s Poor Park
Management,” public presentation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 15, 1998
At the beginning of this century there were few if any deer in NJ. Fish and Game, in
their 1990 report, “An Assessment of Deer Hunting in New Jersey”, shows us clearl
yhow our current state wide situation with deer began:
“Deer were re
-established in New Jersey by sportsmen-conservationists for the purpose
of sport hunting. Since that “restocking period” the responsible agency (now the
Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife) has been managing the deer resource for this