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WHEN NATURE PREVAILS, THE DEER ARE THE LOSERS

As a sportsman, I feel I must comment on the letter regarding the authorized Navy Island deer hunt and the behavior of hunters in general.

A few facts on deer are in order. Deer are not cyclic like squirrels, mice and grouse, among others. Therefore, they do not self-regulate. With no natural predators, other than some unleashed "pets," deer have the ability to double their population yearly.

When the population of the herd becomes excessive for the carrying capacity of the land, the deer will begin starving. Their average size and weight will also decrease. Tumors, parasites and diseases will also exact their toll on the herd. This is what anti-hunters want when they advocate letting "nature prevail."

Regulated hunting is an important and necessary management tool. I suggest the amateurs let the professionals that manage wildlife do their jobs.

I also resent it when the writer says that we hunters should take our "six-packs and flasks and sit in the woods" without our guns. Such statements insinuate that all sportsmen are a bunch of boozers when they're hunting.

EDWARD RADDER
Cheektowaga

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