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  •  Deer actually don't multiply like rabbits. And I'm (4+ / 0-)

    not trying to pull some sort of an NRA talking point thing on you. Deer produce offspring once a year, and more typically have only one. Rabbits, on the other hand, have a very differnt gestational cycle.

    But, believe me, I know where you're coming from. Once in the ninties I drove from Salt lake to Chicago, and saw two whitetails die by jumping into the sides of semi trailers just while I was trying to get through Des Moines. Not quite like the time that I was on the road between Barranquilla and Santa Marta Colombia and saw hundreds and hundreds of very big lizards (24" total length and up) slaughtered on the roadway, but I've never seen anything in the U.S. like the deer slaughter I saw that time in Iowa.

    So, one possible alternative is government employed deerhunters. Probably even armed with bows, because of the human population density in Iowa.

    There can be no protection locally if we're content to ignore the fact that there are no controls globally.

    by oldpotsmuggler on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 08:24:26 PM PST

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    •  That has been (3+ / 0-)
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      done in Valley Forge.  They've done it for a few years and it has made a significant difference.  Deer were so overpopulated here that on any given evening a drive through the park - there is a major Route that cuts through and is heavily traveled - I could easily count 100-150 in about a 2 mile stretch.  At night all you see are pairs of glowing eyes along the roads.  Had one jump out of the woods in front of a truck and then leap into my windshield one night.

      And forget about the flora.  Nothing really grew in the park below 5 feet.  And living around the park you had a hard time growing anything but deer food - unless of course you own a pair of very large labs who live to silently chase down deer.

      Much different now.  We still see visitors but not a herd of 20 in my front yard.

      "You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity"

      by newfie on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 06:24:51 AM PST

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    •  Lots of deer and hunters around me (3+ / 0-)
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      Bow and rifle. They have different seasons here (OR) Bow bunting seems more  sporting to me.
      I don't hunt myself (too much like hard work.) Plus I am a combat vet---I learned long ago to come inside if you can when its cold and wet and i had my bellyfull of lugging carcasses around. I still practice moving through the forest quietly.
      I live in the middle of a private forest (not mine, but I have 10 acres) and the timber company that manages it allows hunting. consequently we have hunters all over these hills in season. i see the same guys every year so I guess they got their  own little places staked out.
      Ive never had any problem with these people and they don't litter (except one I'm looking for)

      Happy just to be alive

      by exlrrp on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 06:49:27 AM PST

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