Don’t mean to pick on you Gobble, but i will submit the flip side of the argument regarding allowing hunters to “control” the herd on SI.
Your above statement is the “why” that prevents sportsman/recreational hunters from managing a population to the desired levels.
I don’t disagree that a large trophy caliber buck is worth a fair amount of money when you consider the fees charged by outfitters all over the country, however, someone paying $500, or any amount, to shoot a buck on SI, or anywhere else that needs drastic herd reduction, will accomplish absolutely nothing to help control the herd growth.
Let’s turn this around for a minute, let’s say NYC finally allows the deer to be killed on SI, but they said only females will be allowed to be taken, how many guys would still be interested in doing that? Would you still pay for that privilege? How many females would each guy take? What if there were a minimum number of females required to be taken by each hunter, i.e., a quota?
Given the above parameters, I doubt you’d get enough hunters on what would be limited properties, to make a dent in the overpopulation.
I’m just sayin it’s not as simple as killing a few nice bucks and thinking that is the solution to this problem.