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- I grew up in a rural community in Vermont. It was common at that time for most families to send at least one member out in November during deer hunting season to get their deer for the year. Deer hunting season in the fall helped to cull the herd so that deer didn't starve during the winter when there was not much to eat, but it also helped the hunters feed their families. I totally understand the idea of controlling the population of wild animals with hunting seasons. In fact, in recent years with the decline of hunting, the New England states are now having a problem with the over-population of deer. And I have no problem with hunting or killing animals for food. I have helped with slaughtering chickens for the freezer and watched suckling pigs being "stuck" and processed for Christmas dinner. I even think a "hog hunt" is probably a viable way to help control the feral hog population. But I would ask if there isn't another way to go about it. Going after hogs with dogs (who may be injured) and knives seems a little too Michael Vick for me. Can the hogs be shot? Can they be trapped and then slaughtered and the meat donated to the local food bank or Salvation Army to feed the hungry? If there was a greater purpose to the hunt than just blood sport, I think it might prove more palatable to the public.
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