What Do Hunters Do With Deer They Kill?

Most hunters dress their deer where they fell and leave the remains and entrails at the killing site. If the animal died in or near water, drag it ashore before dressing it in the field to reduce the chance of deterioration or contamination. Hunters almost always eat the animals they kill, and in most jurisdictions, it's the law that hunters don't waste any of the meat. However, there are some species that are slaughtered and not eaten due to food safety or other practical concerns.

Deer hunting is an activity that dates back tens of thousands of years. Venison, the name of deer meat, is a nutritious and natural food source of animal protein that can be obtained through deer hunting. There are many different types of deer around the world that are hunted for their meat. For sports, hunters often try to kill deer with the biggest and biggest horns to score them using inches.

There are two different categories of horns. Measure length, beam length, and beam mass per tooth. They will add all these measures together to get a score. This score is the score without deductions.

Deductions occur when the opposite tooth is not the same length as the opposite tooth. That score is the deducted score. A member of the Maine BowHunters Alliance estimates that 50 percent of animals shot with crossbows are injured but not killed. A study of 80 white-tailed deer with radioactive collar found that of the 22 deer that had been shot with “traditional archery equipment”, 11 were injured but not recovered by hunters. The United States and many other countries prevent hunters from killing big game animals and failing to properly care for and use meat. This unnecessary and violent form of “entertainment” tears apart animal families and leaves countless animals orphaned or seriously injured when hunters fail to achieve their goals.

Educate others about hunting, encourage your legislators to enact or enforce wildlife protection laws, and insist that non-hunters be equally represented on wildlife agency staff. Not only does the law require which game animals are protected, which requires hunters to conserve meat, but the statutes are extremely specific in defining which cuts of meat should be preserved. Rapid killings are rare, and many animals suffer prolonged and painful deaths when hunters seriously injure them but do not kill them. Twenty percent of foxes injured by hunters are shot again; 10 percent manage to escape, but “hunger is a likely destination for them”, says veterinarian. The amount of meat hunters can get from a big game animal differs dramatically in the type of animal hunted, its age, and the animal's fat. Deer hunting is now a recreational activity, organized and promoted nationally by the New Zealand Deer Stalkers Association.

Because wildlife agencies are partly funded by excise taxes on weapons, ammunition and fishing equipment and by proceeds from license sales, hunters who make up a small percentage of Americans enjoy a disproportionate opinion on how wilderness areas are managed and animals that inhabit them. Contrary to what hunters often say in defense of their cruel pastime, hunting has nothing to do with “conservation” or “population control”. It is common for hunters to spend a lot of time and effort planning, preparing, and practicing to prepare for the hunt. However, stalking followed by gunfire is not yet considered humane unless the deer is shot in the head using a firearm to cause instant death. Hunting people, non-hunters are forced to share many wildlife refuges, national forests, state parks and other public lands with armed people who enjoy killing animals. For example, Kentucky allows the capture of antlerless deer during any deer season in most parts of the state, but in certain areas it only allows antlerless deer to be caught during parts of the deer season.

Dorothy Magni
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