You group deer into small game? You've not hunted in Northeast Canada then.
Nah.. I don't group deer in the small game category. That's why I said deer "and" small game? Not deer and "other" small game.
Again Nah, I haven't hunted in N.E. Canada either. But we have some pretty nice white tails here in the Midwest U.S.
In fact... some of the biggest on record were taken just a few miles from where I'm sitting at now. But down here I admit, deer is pretty much the only large game there is... unless you consider the occasional black bear. Not the Grizzlies, Moose,and Elk that I imagine are up in those parts.
I love dearly and highly respect wildlife, but I've no qualm in killing, as long as it is necessary. I hated hunting because of the long hours, and the extreme cold. Laying in a bush or perched in a treetop for countless hours in the bitter cold can only be described with "sucks". We had no vet where I grew up (so my father claimed), and I've had to shoot suffering pets and livestock on occasion. It's sad, but it never bothered me because it was out of mercy. I've never had a problem lopping off chicken heads, or shooting livestock for slaughter either. Comes with the territory. But someone who shoots an animal just to mount a trophy needs to reconsider their priorities in life.
A friend I grew up with became a pro bow hunter in Canada, hunting mostly black bear. He brings trophy hunters on hunting trips and makes a living with it. This bothers me to no end, in fact I de-friended him because of it. Needless killing is a sin. Period.
Except for wasps.
Again, pretty much my view. Hunting for just a trophy isn't copacetic. But.. if the meat were harvested by those hunters, then that wouldn't necessarily make it a needless killing in my book. I admit to having a trophy or two on my wall, but the meat off of the animals also served the purpose for feeding myself, as well as others.
Wasps,hornets,yellow jackets are fair game. I admit to my insistence on taking it even further, to flies and Gnats. And also things that slither and have venom, that can either kill you or make you dead.
Non venomous snakes, I usually don't kill. In fact, recently when one became trapped in some garden fencing I had up, I carefully removed it and relocated it. And have since changed the fencing, as it was obviously not snake friendly.
But also.... I heard a scream outside one day, only to realize that my sweet and lovely lady, had her path blocked by a snake that was sunning itself on our walkway to our house. I admit to doing it in.... "kill it"... was the distinct order I heard from my better half. Of course, I could have tried to talk some sense into this hysterical woman. But when weighing the risk of denial of certain feminine charms even for a short time, against this one snakes life... I came to decision that I stand by to this day. I just prefer to think that it's in snake heaven right now, feeding off of field mice the size of your North Eastern Canadian deer.