A look at how the British shooting and hunting community has reacted to the recent licensing issues.
There are many aspects of successful game management, some of them are straightforward and obvious, whilst others are less clear and often induce heated but professional debate.
Falling into the latter is the necessity and various methods of predator control.
Let's take a closer look at this contradictory topic.
Game meat is good. Not only does it taste awesome but it’s also good for your health. Let’s take a look why!
Firstly, game lives freely in Nature. It eats what it finds and what its instincts dictate: and that’s a diverse diet containing various kinds of grasses, herbs, buds, seeds, acorns, bark, leaves as well as many other things. That sign on the food you buy at the grocery store, Free Range. Well, all game meat is free range. No label required. It has lots of exercise, lives according to its instincts and its true nature, which also ticks the “happy animal” box.
In this following series of new articles we are going to introduce you to various different deer management methods and systems from around the world where deer plays an important role in wildlife management.
There are a number of very different approaches to this topic in various countries and here we are simply presenting them rather than saying whether one is better than another. All of the management systems we will discuss can be appropriate under certain circumstances and each one has been developed to suit the different biological, ecological, economical and anthropological influences of the area where they are practiced.
We can all learn something from each of them. It is up to you, how you use the information presented here.
Ok, so now we’ve gotten the “disclaimer” out the way let’s start with our first country, Austria.
More and more people are looking for healthier and more environmentally friendly alternatives to what the major food manufacturers and restaurant chains are offering.
For this reason as well as for animal welfare reasons an ever increasing number of people are trying turning to alternative diets including vegetarian or vegan, flexitarian, the list goes on.
Let’s be clear, hunting isn’t poaching
Unfortunately, to some people hunting and poaching are starting to become synonymous, but one does certainly not equate to the other. But it is one of the main reasons why the reputation of hunting and hunters is in free fall these days.
These two words might seem contradictory together but let me clear this up.
Ethical, controlled and regulated hunting is the most efficient method of population control.
If the number of animals in a specific area reaches or exceeds that area's capacity, the animal population starts to consume more than the environment can provide and the area starts to become depleted. The given population grows on and collapses after reaching a critical level. This happens due to the lack of resources, heavily decreased health of the species as well as many other reasons.