[RC] Gov. agency that supports horseback riding....and Scotts comment - Rides 2 Far
>.that> based on historical accounts of animal size, and archeological
bone> records.....there is evidence that deer size is shrinking. Is it >
possible> this may be influenced by the fact that deer hunters seek the
LARGE> and impressive looking individuals?
I don't think that's it. I think the deer population adapts to the
terrain and the food supply. The deer in South GA. are known to be very
small. I don't think the hunters down there are any less concerned with
size than the ones in the TN mountains where they are larger. A Boone &
Crockett (think it was a record, maybe just a contender) deer was taken
by a 12 year old kid less than a mile from my house 2 years ago. That
kid would have been just as eager to shoot a spike.
AEDC is a government aeronotical testing site about 2 hrs. from here. It
has very high fences around it and their deer appear to inbreed. They
have very small deer on their grounds. To quote my pal J.D. "thu deer at
AEDC is so little they look like squirrels runnin' thru the woods. Jeff
shot a spike up thar so little he could'u carried it out in a bread sack"
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