Hunters oppose plans to cullpregnant deer

One of the country's largest hunting organisations has described government plans to allow heavily pregnant female deer to be shot as abhorrent.

6th January, 2013
Wildlife service says deer numbers have grown. Photo: Getty

One of the country's largest hunting organisations has described government plans to allow heavily pregnant female deer to be shot as abhorrent, and said it would lead to the demonisation, not just of the Irish hunting community, but of the government minister who sanctioned it.

The National Park and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has proposed extending the shooting season for does into the month of April, just weeks before pregnant deer would be due to give...

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