I shoot deer for sport - because I enjoy it.
Of late I've noticed that in the media and also occasionally on this site it is becoming less PC to admit that we do what we do because we enjoy it. Many now claim to be a "deer manager" and this seems to be an attempt to remove any hint that we enjoy our sport quite simply for what it is. Media coverage seems to focus on the "need" for deer management whereas those playing, say, golf are free to say they do it simply because they enjoy it.
Now, I appreciate that many on this site are genuine deer managers who are full time professionals and for whom managing deer through shooting is part of, maybe a small part of, their job. However, it is a worry that we are slowly moving away from being free to admit that some of us shoot our deer because it is something we enjoy and it is a worry that this change in "language" may be leading us to a situation where only "professional deer managers" will have any right to shoot deer as it will be far too un-PC to just do it for sport and some meat in the freezer.
Of course this is not to say that I am careless or unaware of the conservation aspects of what I do and the welfare of the deer comes second only to safety. In fact I might even assert that as I'm under no pressure to meet targets or make money from my deer stalking I am much more careful than someone with a financial motivation. As a sport shooter I only take shots that I am sure will be successful and while mistakes will happen the fact that my sport revolves around taking pride in a nice clean kill on a suitable animal with no commercial pressure is likely to mean that in animal welfare terms I'm certainly no worse than the commercial "deer manager."
Of course this is not a complaint against the commercial or professional deer manager, quite the reverse as it is often these people who provide me with my sport shooting, but rather my intention is to see how many others out there consider themselves, like me, to shoot for sport. I also hope to encourage us all to see that sport shooting is at least as valid a reason to shoot deer, within a conservation minded plan, as any other and that it can make a significant contribution to the countryside and conservation. One woodland where I shoot deer has hen harriers, red squirrel and a goodly number of hares and in the Irish countryside which is poached almost empty of wildlife of any type this is a most remarkable thing indeed and my sport shooting makes a contribution to keeping it like that. When I go into the woods to shoot my deer I like to see the other wildlife and, in fact, they make a significant contribution to my enjoyment of the day so I support the conservation of these animals not only because it is deemed a "good thing" but because it adds to my enjoyment of my sport. This should be sufficient reason and a more PC reason should not be necessary.