Weekend Patch Poll: Essex County Winter Deer Hunt

As the annual deer management program reaches the midway point, we'd like to know your thoughts.

Essex County is midway through its annual winter deer hunt that started on Jan. 17 in the hopes of curbing the whitetail deer population.

Since 2008, volunteer sharpshooters have stationed themselves at platforms in county reservations to cull deer. Last year, the county reported that the efforts had curbed 1,089 deer since the program's beginning.

In 2010, the deer hunt spread to three reservations - South Mountain, Eagle Rock and Hilltop. In addition, the county has installed traffic deflectors and started replanting the undergrowth in some of the reservations as additional methods to curb deer.

This year's hunt will finish on Feb. 23. Even after four years, some people object to the hunt and say it's inhumane and ineffective.

We'd like to know how you feel about the annual winter hunt.

Take our poll and leave us your comments.

Sunny Forrest February 06, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Jersey now it is my turn to say r e l a x I am just debating the things people are using as "arguments" in favor of the deer killing. I feel it is fair to respond if someone addresses me directly on their post in an unflattering way and will do so back in kind. Turnabout is fair play as they say. It is obvious where I stand and where other commenters stand on the deer cull issue. It is also clear we will not agree and there is no room for middle ground when it comes down to whether to kill or not to kill. I believe Thou shalt not kill does not only apply to people. I guess I was just raised differently. If you think this thread is strong go on some of the other internet newspaper threads. It makes this look like Sunday morning service.
Sunny Forrest February 06, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Unleb, What I mean by propaganda is the fact that you think that the deer are starving. Deer do not starve in the state of Nj. Our winters are not long or severe enough for them to starve. There are no more deer in this area than there were 20 years ago. It is just that the people who live in areas close to deer habitat are less tolerant than they were 20 years ago. There wasn't the same landscape competition mentality 20 years ago that exists now. Yes we have encroached on the deer habitat. There are more houses that are built on smaller plots. So the deer are just eating in the same places they have eaten for centuries. It is just that they are eating on someones lawn instead of Open Space. I have a friend whose house backs up to a wooded park that loves looking at the deer in his yard. Like I said it is the animal lovers vs. non-animal lovers. I don't think anyone who lives within the vicinity of a reservation should be surprised or upset when they see wildlife near their homes. What did they expect when they moved there? If they didn't like wildlife they shouldn't have moved near it. There were plenty of other options rather than the home they purchased. There are towns that don't have wooded areas where deer may live that people could have bought a house in. How much overpopulation of deer can there be with an animal that only lives an average of 4 years?
Sunny Forrest February 06, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Wow. That is the second time you called me Einstein. You must really think I'm smart.
C U L8R February 06, 2012 at 03:06 AM
A lot of intellegent input went into this discussion pointing out why the culling is necessary to maintain a proper balance so that the herds of deer will be here for many years to come. I'm sure state and local officials along with the help of conservationists have explored many alternatives to the culling and have decided that any other method just would not work. So as a friendly suggestion to those who disagree with the thinning out the herd why not channel your adrenalin in a positive way to try and find a workable alternative solution to this issue. Whining and name calling gets nobodies attention and only sheds light on a person that is negative, immature, and can offer nothing positive in the way of a solution. A person who's mouth is in gear before their brain is engaged. People like this are the ones who put liberal politicos in office like Barrak (Mr. Vacation) Obama. Sunny, if the whole idea culling is wrong then let's put it to an end permanently. But before the deer, let's start with the serious issue of legalized abortion since it's the killing of innocent lives that seem to upset you so much.
JRU February 06, 2012 at 03:39 AM
In the spirit of seekimg alternate solutions... If we force the deer to get married- wouldn't they naturally have less sex and thus... Reproduce less!!?? Lol


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