Farmers face a great many challenges in growing the crops necessary to feed themselves and their communities. Some of these challenges include weather, the market, equipment cost, etc. Farmers here and in other parts of the world also face challenges such as disease, weeds, insects and most of all wildlife species. One of the most opportunistic kinds of wildlife species is deer. Our facility in Argentina is full of species that regularly reduce the yield of local farmers. That is why hunting here serves the dual purpose of fulfilling the basic instinct in man to challenge nature and to help out his fellow man. Here are some of the things that deer and other game species adversely affect with their rummaging.
- Farmers and other agricultural producers: Deer eat a variety of plants so much so that nearly all plant species are vulnerable to their diet. In the US farmers use a variety of methods to discourage these voracious pests including fences, repellants and even dogs. Purdue University even has a site to help farmers determine if the damage to their crops was indeed done by deer.
- Nurseries, Vineyards, and Specialty Crop Producers: Of course traditional farmers are not the only ones whose crops are adversely affected by deer. Deer are constantly causing damage to smaller, even more valuable specialty crops and vineyards.
- Landowners and Homeowners: It is pretty clear to know when deer have begun to indentify private homes and gardens as grazing areas. They often leave tracks, droppings, antler rubs and damage to plants. They have also been known to nibble off tender shoots, twigs, or leaves of trees, shrubs, and other plants with their lower front teeth leaving home owners frustrated and angry.
Hunting as a way to Control Wildlife Populations
As we’ve stated farmers and homeowners use a variety of methods to prevent deer from destroying their plants and crops. The problem is that none of these methods work alone and in the states there is still a stigma against hunting deer and other crop damaging pests that do not exist in Argentina. Here hunters can hunt a variety of red deer, black buck antelope, buffalo, wild sheep and even engage in Argentina waterfowl hunting and Argentina wing shooting without the stigma that would be attached to these activities in the states. At the same time, hunters can know that they are helping control populations that to farmers in this country are a nuisance.