First of all if this "Discussion Thread" does not interest you then I apologise for wasting your time spent logging on to this thread just as I also apologise if this subject has been covered before. However I think that there might be some members who have an interest and views or thoughts on the subject which they might like to put forward and discuss!
I was having a conversation with a friend about the use of deer feeder and one thing that he did say got me thinking! What he said was "is using a deer feeder to attract deer ethical"?
The ethical side of this is what interests me therefore I believe that this is well worth discussing amongst those that are interested.
What are your thoughts regarding the ethics of using a deer feeder to attract deer when it is used to monitor how many deer there are in any set area and what condition those deer are in?
Do you believe that it is right or wrong to use a feeding station to attract deer in order to monitor their condition and numbers so as to decide on which (If any) of the deer warrant culling, or should shooters rely purely on their stalking skills and knowledge of the ground to find what deer there are in their area and to see what condition they are in?
(As a side note I do appreciate that if anyone were to shoot a deer near a deer feeding station it could soon "educate" any other deer which might not have been spotted in the same area at the time, and also that any deer in that area might (Especially in the case of a particularly hard winter) become (Partly) reliant on that feeding station, as well as the fact that a good feeding station might attract more deer into the area than were actually wanted)