When I was a kid growing up in Missouri during the 50's & 60's there wasn't even a deer hunting season because so many had been killed during the great depression by people just trying to put some meat on the table.
Now the deer herds there are out of control and they are like a plague of rodents on homeowners and drivers, especially in the cities where hunting isn't allowed. Our daughter's new expensive landscaping was consumed by the deer as a delicious dinner salad. My 80-something Dad ran into a deer with his car just trying to drive to the grocery store. I heard that one community in the Kansas City area had professional hunters with silencers on their rifles hunting the excess deer population at night trying to control the problem.
If the Missouri Conservation Department handles Elk herds like they did the deer, I'd say there going to be big problems. By the way, they've let the otter and beavers get out of control there too. Maybe they should re-introduce some natural predators like mountain lions, bears and wolves to take care of the over-population issues. Wouldn't that be fun!
Fear is a Reaction..............Courage is a Decision
Last edited by Snakedriver; 09-10-2010 at 01:57 PM.