Deer Having Big Impact

An interesting bit of information crossed my desk yesterday from, of all publications, the New York Times. The Times isn't exactly the bastion of conservative journalism, so I was pleasantly surprised when I saw their report on the ever-growing problem we're facing with exploding whitetail populations.

It comes as no surprise to those of us who live in the burbs and regularly hear stories about collisions with deer that the Times quotes the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which reports: “there are about 1.5 million deer-vehicle collisions each year.” The result? People who might have been anti-hunting are beginning to change their attitude because the collateral damage deer are doing to their cars (not to mention their yards) is hitting them right in the pocketbook. (My neighbor hit a beautiful 5x5 last year at night—right in the heart of the rut. Total damage to their Cherokee was over $5,000.)

Use of firearms for hunting is strictly prohibited where I live, but a strong case can be made for a controlled bow hunt. Now, if I can just convince the city council…

-Todd Smith