the Reservation into a deer breeding machine. They made it a hunter's paradise, where each man slaughtered as many tame deer as he could.+ + +
The Betrayal of Public Trust
The County, and the State Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife, were not willing to allow the hunt to look like a failure. Three years into the hunting program, they simply changed the number of deer that they said were there before hunting began. With one stroke on a keyboard, they made 550 as being the size of the herd for 1993-94. Instead of a hunt that was increasing the herd, you now had one that looked as if it was reducing it. Their own facts, however, prove their undoing.
If we were to believe Fish and Game, then the aerial count in 1994 would have shown 462 deer (550 minus the 88 that were killed before the survey was completed), yet it only showed 139. Where then are the missing 323 deer? They never existed. Even faced with this damning evidence, the Parks Department and Fish and Game continue to mislead the public.
Car-Deer Collisions "Jumped Excessively"
The County also says that the hunt has reduced car-deer collisions, yet in a recent article, it stated that the number of these "jumped excessively for several years" after the hunt started. Hunting is a cause of car/deer collisions, not a deterrent, and the years of killing at the Reservation have shown this. Even a spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection said the presence of hunters in the woods puts deer on the run and often causes them to leave wooded
Fish and Game and the County have the power over our wildlife. and they are able to do as they please. We cannot stop them. We can, however, break the chain of lies that they try to shackle the public with. With each drop of blood that is spilled, the eyes of another person will open to the truth. Time has shown the hunts to be a failure, the cost however, has been far too high.
Monmouth Battlefield State Park Deer Hunt
Enters 10th Bloody Year
Stuart Chaifetz January 11, 1999 "Honor and Non-Violence For Animals"
600 Deer Slaughtered in 9 Years of Killing
Deer Population has Risen by 25%
Nine years ago, the NJ Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife (Fish and Game) pushed through an annual deer hunt at Monmouth Battlefield State Park. They said that this was to be a "deer reduction hunt," and that hunting was the only way to reduce the size of the deer herd. After nearly a decade, and the slaughter of 600 deer, the hunt has been exposed, and the truth is clear: Hunting has completely and utterly failed to reduce the deer herd.+ + +
Dramatic Rise in Deer Population
On March 28, 1998, Fish and Game performed an aerial deer census of the park and 254 deer were counted. In 1990, Fish and Game estimated that the population before the hunts started was 200. Other estimates showed the population as low as 150.
Taking just the Fish and Game numbers, before the hunt and the most recent, there has been an astounding 25% increase in the size of the deer population.
This happened because hunting, far from decreasing deer populations, actually increases them. When a large number of deer are removed from a herd through hunting, competition for food, water, space and breeding opportunities is reduced. The reaction of the herd to the sudden kill is increased breeding. With plenty of food to go around, more females get pregnant, and twin and triplet births often occur. This new, high birth rate not only replaces those that were killed, but it adds significantly to the size of the total population.
This explains how they were able to kill 600 animals and still see an increase in the population.
Consider this: From 1974-1989, hunting was banned in the park. It took 15 years for the deer population to reach 200. Yet, in the nine years since hunting was re-instated, three times as many deer as that have been killed and the population has gone up. Clearly, hunting has failed to do anything but provide pleasure killing for hunters and money for Fish and Game.
The Money Factor
The salaries of Fish and Game employees are paid for by the sale of hunting licenses. It is for this reason that they must ensure that there is an abundant supply of animals for hunters to kill. This is the tragedy of it all: The very organization that should be protecting our wildlife makes its money from their slaughter.
Monmouth Battlefield is a "special permit" hunt. This means that in addition to buying a regular hunting license, you must buy a special permit, which is about $20. The special permit system was once even attacked by a hunting columnist who called it a "Money-making scheme".
Since the hunts started, 1,300 permits have been issued. This means that Fish and Game has made approximately $26,000. Monmouth Battlefield has become just another cog in Fish and Games' money-making machine.
It is important to note that since Monmouth Battlefield is a state park, the State Park Service has footed the bill for most of the cost of running the hunts. Thousands of tax payer dollars have been taken from a state department that is in financial trouble, and been thrown away on deer killing.
They have slaughtered deer for almost a decade now at the park, and the killing will continue for as long as Fish and Game has total control over our wildlife. They had hoped that after such a longer period of time that no one was watching, or even cared anymore. We are watching, and we care, as we cared for each and every animal that died a torturous death upon the fields of that park. Time, and the death of hundreds of animals, has exposed this hunt for the fraud that it truly is.
How Deer Hunting Increases the Rate of Deer Starvation
by Ron Baker, author of The American Hunting Myth
Out of print remaining copes available from
Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting PO Box 284 Tomkins Cove NY 10986
Hunters and wildlife officials frequently claim that deer hunting reduces winter starvation rates and that hunting is more humane than letting thousands of deer starve. But the facts are exactly the opposite. Public hunting usually increases the rate of deer malnutrition and
starvation in many ways.
1) Deer management induces abnormally high reproductive rates by disturbing the normal sex ratio of deer so that there is a numerical imbalance of does to bucks--as much as five or six to one in some locations. In many areas, serious habitat overcrowding exists even after the conclusion of hunting seasons. Most wintering deer are fawns and pregnant does. These does must feed both themselves and their developing embryos. More young or pregnant deer combined with reduced food supplies during winter results in more malnutrition and
(2) Most hunters seek out and kill the larger bucks. Younger and smaller bucks mate with breeding does resulting in smaller and weaker deer that are more susceptible to disease and starvation.
(3) Large numbers of hunters pursuing deer during increasingly lengthy hunting seasons results in increased stress on deer populations during late autumn. Stress is an important decimating factor which makes deer more susceptible to malnutrition and disease.
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(4) The pursuit of deer by hunters during three or four weeks results in the loss of varying amounts of critical fat reserves. These are accumulated during summer and early autumn and are designed to help carry deer through the winter. Because of the stress that results from pursuit and harassment by hunters, deer in areas that lack safe sanctuaries eat less than usual. This