gorillacoco LSU Fan Baton Rouge Member since Oct 2009 4521 posts
re: Bison hunting, I can't even imagine how many there once were, but this pic helpsPosted by gorillacoco on 6/29/13 at 11:11 pm to wickowick
i'm not saying it's 100% true, but i read that the destruction of native americans by european disease caused the bison population to explode in the ensuing decades, and that the herds encountered by early settlers were not a stable population.
that being said, i would love to have that sort of natural wonder still wandering the continent. i'm just not sure that it would have been realistic considering how the country developed. these animals need enormous amounts of free range to live on. with the ongoing rural depopulation of the US it may be possible in the future though.
lot of unexpected tree-hugger sentiment in this thread... a huge part of our history is based on agriculture that depended on livestock and farming, not free ranging buffalo. i don't think the people building this country from the dirt up had the foresight, time or money to think about saving bison herds. it would be nice to have a pristine nature preserve between big cities but let's not forget where we came from. i don't think you're getting anywhere being mad at people who were living 150 yrs ago anyway.
Lefty Diego West of the Pecos Member since Aug 2009 414 posts Online
re: Bison hunting, I can't even imagine how many there once were, but this pic helpsPosted by Lefty Diego on 6/30/13 at 12:12 am to RogerTheShrubber
Any real hunter-fisherman is a conversationist. The "brown it's down" " and catch it keep" a-holes are just poaching motherfrickers that I don't like. Just to add fuel to the fire I hate feeder kill hunting here in TX
re: Bison hunting, I can't even imagine how many there once were, but this pic helpsPosted by Nodust on 6/30/13 at 11:47 am to wickowick
We couldn't handle a population like that now days. People complain about rat snakes and moles in their yard. Imagine a wild herd of buffalo going through a subdivision. The HOA president would have a fit.
Plus like deer you need a 8' fence to keep them in or out. Cattle farmers would catch hell. Or we would all just eat bison or beefalo, which would be fine with me.