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Old 11-12-2010, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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An interesting point I saw in your link:

From 1926-1950, 1,305 deer were imported from out-of-state sources into Virginia. Virginia has received deer from more states (11) than any other state in the southeast. The average cost of deer purchased out-of-state was $50/deer, with costs ranging from $25-125/deer. The last deer was imported into Virginia in 1950.

So we caused our own problem!!!! We wouldn't have a deer over population now if we hadn't imported them here 50 years ago.

Deer hunting is fine by me, as long as the hunters use them for food. Hunting for sport seems wrong to me, but people have to eat. If it's ok to eat steak, it's ok to eat venison.

We have two deer that regularly sleep in the woods near my house. I understand that they've tried several times to lure this herd into Algonkian Park, where they would be safer, but they keep walking back over here and seem to have taken up residence along Lowes Island Blvd. They also seem to prefer the Blvd. to the wooded areas behind the houses. Many Vermont deer have different termperaments, but these deer seem to prefer roadside living to a large wooded park (even though they had ample food in the park).
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Old 11-12-2010, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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From wiki:

White-tailed deer tend to be smaller in temperate locales, averaging 77110 pounds (3550 kg).[6]
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Old 11-12-2010, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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From wiki:

White-tailed deer tend to be smaller in temperate locales, averaging 77–110 pounds (35–50 kg).[6]
Your wikipedia grab apparently got lost in translation:

White-tailed deer from the tropics tend to be smaller than in temperate populations, averaging 77–110 pounds (35–50 kg)

Last time I walked outside it didn't feel too tropical here.
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Old 12-08-2011, 11:55 AM
 
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I live in Haymarket. I'm retired navy and enjoy hunting and eating venison. Also share excess with feed the hungry. I pride myself on being a safe and considerate hunter. I would like to find hunting property within 50 miles of Haymarket.
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Old 12-08-2011, 07:12 PM
 
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I have had no problem deer hunting all over Loudoun in the past year. Unfortunately, it has been with my car. Two confirmed fatalities, 4 hits total. There are a lot of deer out there.......
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Old 12-09-2011, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I live in Haymarket. I'm retired navy and enjoy hunting and eating venison. Also share excess with feed the hungry. I pride myself on being a safe and considerate hunter. I would like to find hunting property within 50 miles of Haymarket.
I've been hunting public land for the past several years or so here. It can be productive, you just have to get to the out of the way management areas or the national forest. 3 million + acres of land you're already paying for
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Old 12-12-2011, 06:27 AM
 
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I had another thought, try the Middleburg Hunt Club and I think there is a Piedmont Hunt Club. They are for fox hunting but they would surely know farmers who will let hunters in, if they let fox hunters ride on their farm they may also let deer hunters in.

Also try Snickersville Hounds/Hunt - I hunt with them sometimes. Another option.
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Old 12-12-2011, 06:29 AM
 
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Also try Snickersville Hounds/Hunt - I hunt with them sometimes. Another option.

Whoops - just noticed I responded to an old post.
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Old 05-09-2012, 11:35 AM
 
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I am a vegetarian and I don't like killing deer any more than any other vegetarian. But I am also a Naturalist, working for a Loudoun County Park. Deer populations are out of control and this has a HUGE impact on the health of the rest of the ecosystem. While it's unfortunate that any creature must be killed, currently there are no other reasonable and practical means of controlling their population. We took out the predators that used to control the deer population and it is our responsibility to deal with the fallout from that.
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Old 05-18-2012, 03:28 PM
 
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I am a vegetarian and I don't like killing deer any more than any other vegetarian. But I am also a Naturalist, working for a Loudoun County Park. Deer populations are out of control and this has a HUGE impact on the health of the rest of the ecosystem. While it's unfortunate that any creature must be killed, currently there are no other reasonable and practical means of controlling their population. We took out the predators that used to control the deer population and it is our responsibility to deal with the fallout from that.

Bring back the wolves!

When they get fat off the deer and start to overpopulate...

Bring back the Mountain Lions to eat the wolves!

Then bring back the Sasquatches to eat the Mountain Lions!
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