I feel that my hunting for a week or two a year is less wasteful and more humane. If you were a deer, would you rather starve to death, be torn appart by wolves, or perhaps die instantly and supply food for a man. I disagree. Hunting for principal sustinance by humans in the US constitutes a very small minority of hunters. Most of these persons fully acknowledge that they do this activity for "sport." In this admission, they back themselves into a corner, one that truly reveals the nature of what "sport" really is: an activity of enjoyment. Please note the following: "Within the mental health act the term psychopathic disorder is defined as ??a persistent disorder or disability of mind (whether or not including significant impairment of intelligence) which results in abnormally aggressive or seriously irresponsible conduct?? (MHA 1983)." http://www.markwalton.net/mdo/Enquirypscyopath.asp [This contains a good paraphrase of the DMV-IV's working elements.] This, to me, would include hunting for "sport," as it is the casual disregard of any living being, and it is calculated and savored as a "pleasurable" activity. There's also an implication that the motivation for killing is reckless and irresponsible, and many hunters die in hunting accidents each year, at the hands of other hunters and poachers. People who "hunt" invariably back themselves into a corner lauding their so-called "achievements" and fully acknowledging how much they enjoy killing. That is but a step away from turning the firearm onto a another human, and "savoring the pleasure," just on a grander scale. Your other arguement, that "animals need to be culled to keep them from starving" is no supported. The reason it appears there are more wild animals then in past times is, quite frankly, because there are more humans, more encroachment, and less habitable space for animals. Ergo, animals penned into small pockets of land are at increased risk of overgrazing and overforaging because they are confined to a space that will not sustain a healthy population, usually. This results in animals appearing in places where they are treated as "invaders and aliens," when in fact, the land was simply part of their migratory route or natural ranges (beaver, deer and bears showing up in suburban back yards).