Deer Hunting In United Kingdom

The earliest known form of hunting was recorded in Norfolk, England in 1534. For pest control, farmers had to train packs of hounds to chase down and hunt foxes. Before the rise of agriculture and the domestication of animals hunting was a crucial activity and a necessity. Hunting brought food to the table, and pride to the hearts of men.

Royalties like King Edward VII, King George V, King George VI, Prince Philip, and Queen Elizabeth II have also enjoyed the predatory rush, excitement, and satisfaction brought by the practice of hunting.

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Deer Hunting, since time immemorial, is considered a part of British rural culture. In the year 2012, deer hunting or deer stalking became a sport in the entire United Kingdom. According to BASC or the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, more than a million people in the United Kingdom actively participate in game birds shooting and deer hunting every year.

Deer hunting or deer stalking involves the use of high-powered rifles. Such practice is usually done high on moors, and in woodlands. There are certain hunting lodges all over the United Kingdom, which are properties that cater to the whims of hunters and their hunting parties. One of the most popular hunting lodges is Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge in Epping Forest.

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There are six species of deer that exist in the United Kingdom which include the Red Deer being the most famous among all, the Sika, the Fallow Deer, the Roe Deer, the Muntjac which is a stocky deer with small antlers, and the antlers-less Chinese Water Deer. They are hunted for sport and the purpose of culling to a certain extent relative to their population.

In locating a wounded deer, a hunter would definitely have to rely on his hound’s skills on tracking it down. Most of the time, the species of dogs that are trained and used in accomplishing the said task are the German Wirehaired Pointers, Hanavaians, Baverians, and Vislas.

A hunter or stalker shoots a deer at a range that will guarantee a humane kill. A hunter’s position should be strategic, his vision clear, and his aim precise.

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The deer hunting provisions in the UK differ from country to country. Scotland and Northern Ireland share a common deer legislation that is set apart from that of England and Wales.

One is permitted to hunt or stalk a deer if and only if he only uses legal firearms, and shoots during open seasons at the hour after sunset or before sunrise from a moving vehicle.

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Because of certain factors that include the preservation of animal life and diversity all throughout UK, there have been laws passed to either ban or minimize hunting in some parts. The Hunting Act of 2004 in England and Wales prohibits hunting with dogs except when it is done for pest control, in hunting rats and rabbits, retrieving shot hares, rescuing wounded animals, drag hunting, and trail hunting. When caught and found guilty, the fine to pay will cost you a lot (5,000 pounds) and besides that, the court would have all the rights to confiscate your dog and your hunting equipment.

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Why We Condemn The Killing Of Cecil the Lion

First of all, we here at The Outdoors & Adventure Blog would like to express our sincerest sympathy to the people of Zimbabwe and all the people in the world who condemn the brutal killing of a mighty creature – Cecil the Lion. While we feature hunting as a sport here, I hope our readers know that the hunting excursions that we talked about are done in the most humane way possible. Furthermore, hunters get permits to kill animals in order to control or balance their population against their environment and they don’t use it as an excuse to be cruel to these animals.

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In fact, most tourism agencies that feature hunting in their list of fun things to do have certain rules and guidelines for people who like to hunt wild bears, elks, African buffaloes, lions and other big game hunting animals. For aggressive and dangerously powerful animals, they recommend the large hunting rifles while less aggressive animals can be taken down by airguns or bow and arrows. Tourism departments of countries like Canada, the United States, Russia and other European countries require hunters to be physically fit in order to survive the harsh conditions of the hunting grounds and, if absolutely necessary, survive animal attacks. That’s because out there in the wilderness, the hunter can quickly become the hunted.

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The problem with Dr. Walter Palmer is that he didn’t follow any of these rules when he set out to hunt which ended in a very brutal and inhumane killing of a cherished animal. According to the news, he initially poisoned Cecil with raw meat when he lured him for a clear shot of his bow and arrow. But when that didn’t work out, he had the lion suffer for over 20 minutes before the poison killed him slowly, then shot him with a 0.22 caliber hunting rifle and decapitated the poor lion for trophy. That is a lame and lazy way to hunt, he paid the department of tourism of Zimbabwe to torture and kill animals and not to hunt, in fact, he shouldn’t even be called a hunter or an amateur hunter, because he displayed no such characteristics and he made other hunters (real hunters) look bad.

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Personally, I think hunting should only be done in areas where predators outnumber humans like the northern forests of Canada and Russia and not in places like Africa. The lions there have a strict territorial system tha they claim, they don’t invade human settlements or threaten their existence and they don’t grow too many for the environment to sustain. I think African  nations should ban the killings of endangered species all together!

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Pretty soon if the outcry is too great and animal cruelty becomes too much, I may have to re-brand this blog as simply just “The Adventure Blog.” It doesn’t feel right anymore in writing about stuff that involves a lot of violence like this one.

At the moment, the whole world is outraged at what had happened. In fact, they are angrier over this situation than terrorist attacks and other human rights abuses that have been going on lately (I do hope that we will be angry over those stuff too, but being angry about Cecil the Lion is a good start though) and they want to extradite Dr. Palmer and file a lawsuit against him for killing Cecil. However, I hope that this issue will gain enough traction that those who also care about white rhinoceros and elephant hunting will stop permanently and poachers be prosecuted for what they have done.

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On personal notes, ancient kings and warriors in the past demonstrate their courage by facing the alpha male lion of their pride and challenge it to the death. They used knives, spears or just their bare hands. That was brave. What Dr. Palmer did was an act of cowardice and he should be ashamed of himself for doing so.