Deer Hunting Laws: The Lacy Act Essay

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Dr. George Johnson states that, “Few residents in Missouri and Illinois have prospered more in the 20th century than have our deer” (Exploding deer populations). Early in the 20th century white tailed deer were rare in the Midwest. Uncontrolled hunting had reduced their numbers to about 500,000 nationwide, and some states had no deer at all. Dr. George Johnson states that, “In order to protect the remaining deer, laws were passed in the 1920’s and 1930’s to restrict hunting, particularly of does (females)” (Exploding deer populations). The history of deer has to deal with population and the Lacy Act. Characteristics have to deal with many car problems and deer management. Crop damage has raised farmer’s brows over the property damage and …show more content…
Deer live where there is plenty of food, water and prime bedding areas. That is because they do not like to travel out of their own habitat/ area. White tailed deer are the only native species to Illinois. Most deer in Illinois range in height from three to four feet tall at the front shoulders. The way to tell if there are deer in the area is if there are deer beds and trails. Deer have dew claws in which, when the ground is soft enough it leaves a print in the ground along with the rest of the hoof print. White tailed deer have heart shaped hoof prints which makes it easy to identify. So there for no other animals in Illinois have tracks that are similar to deer which makes it really easy to identify them in Illinois. Deer have droppings that are similar to rabbit pellets except they are way larger and range anywhere from ½ inch to 1 inch long. When it is winter, the hair of a deer is a grayish brown which acts as a camouflaging agent. Now when the hair of the deer is reddish brown it is summer. Fawns have white spots on their side which when they reach anywhere from three to five months old they go away. The white tailed deer was called a white tailed deer because of the tail being white. Also the neck, belly, inner butt, and inner legs are white. The prime hunting season is during breeding season which is called the rut. Bucks do not associate with does until the rut. Bucks range in weight from 150 pounds to 250 pounds. Bucks have antlers which are

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