As whitetails overrun Civil War battlefields, the National Park Service plans to pay sharpshooters $1.8 million over the next five years to trim deer numbers at the Antietam, Monocacy and Manassas battlefields. Deer density per square mile is estimated 130 at Antietam, 172 at Manassas and 235 at Monocacy, according to the AP. The ideal density should be between 15 and 20 per square mile.
Both hunting and anti-hunting groups oppose the plan. Anti-hunting groups would like to see “humane methods” used. Hunting groups believe hunters should be allowed control deer numbers on the parks where deer populations have increased precisely because hunting is prohibited. Allowing hunting during special seasons on the parks would not only control deer numbers, it would raise money.
How much would you pay for the chance to hunt deer on a battlefield?