To quote Bambislayer from another post I thought I'd start this one..... I've got the bunker ready ....!
""I have just been up in Glenfeshie today and was heartened and amazed to see the regeneration in the Glen due to the lower deer levels [I also saw deer]. I love deer and stalking but maybe some us should look outside the stalking/deer is a god box and look at the whole picture[environmental] and I'm afraid munties et al have no place in it.
Reducing deer levels using lights or out of season is not disrespectful , idolising them to a god like status and paying no head to the rest of their environment is."
Not sure who has been idolising deer to god like status but I'd like to offer another perspective.
I dont know Bambislayer although his addy is in the village next too mine. I think in the past he has been part of contract killing squads for deer control. Perhaps he leans more to one side than another, and I know also from reading his posts on here he a very knowledgeable lad with regards to Deer.
My beef to this quote is and always will be this.
When an estate/landowner decides it would like to have some sort of regen policy started it should not then be a given that the deer be treated as vermin as they currently are. Like it or not they were here when the country was covered in trees as many would have us believe it once was. They are part of our heritage. They do have a part to play in our countryside and tourism. And amazingly some people actually like the way our countryside looks as it is now. This also goes for some estates that have wiped out their deer populations in order for Grouse to re populate. So this is not an anti tree hugger post.
I think the numbers some people say that deer should be reduced to per acre are far too low for a start. Also prior to having to wipe out virtually an entire deer population in an area then fencing should be prioritised first and foremost.
I am not saying certain areas were not carrying too many deer, some were. Culls were needed and on the whole have been done. But the slaughter that has happened and continues to on some estates is nothing short of barbaric, Glenfeshie being one. Saying this does not in my mind mean I am idolising deer to a god like status. Its merely stating a fact that some people have a different view to wholesale slaughter for the sake of tree's or anything else.
Now before anyone gets on their high horse, I am not deriding Bambislayer for his views, he has a right to believe them, all I am saying is that if you perhaps dont agree with them then trying to ridicule folk for having a different view isnt right. I dont agree with his view and he probably wont agree with mine, but i wont make fun of his view.(As for the munties keep them out)
I'll start ducking now!