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Advocate for 2-Year Deer Hunting Gap Year in the Methow Valley

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Natural regulation within the deer population helps the herds to recover from hunting. Hunting can contribute to under- or even overpopulation, if the doe-to-buck ratio is imbalanced. Hunting isn't necessarily a bad thing; it provides food for people and is a tradition in many families. However, it can be detrimental to the environment when carried out relentlessly. A gap between seasons is a good idea because it will help preserve the Methow Valley's ecosystems and let the deer population regulate naturally, without excessively hindering the income from hunters and tourists. Additionally, hunters wouldn't have to permanently stop doing what they enjoy; it's a good compromise between human and deer. Because some people in the Methow Valley rely on hunting for food and/or income, a 2-year break would be a good compromise between deer and hunter. This would take place once between every 6 years of hunting, to preserve the hunting community as well.

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