Because your participants probably don’t associate with active hunters, they are not likely to be familiar with agency deer management plans, herd objectives, research or the funding streams to pay for these activities.
A brief overview of the biological basis for hunting will likely be helpful for your participants to understand how seasons and deer herd objectives are set. If time permits, a brief discussion of the alleged alternatives to hunting, such as trapping and transferring animals to other areas, and deer contraception may also be discussed.
We recommend that an agency biologist present this section of the class. In addition, the regulation setting process may also be reviewed.
In presenting any or all of this material, keep in mind that the participants are not future deer biologists, and only need a brief overview to understand how state agencies manage deer herds and the role hunting and hunting license sales play in those efforts.