Having served as an infantry soldier on Telic and Herrick, I'm not particularly squeamish about shooting things. However, I've spent a lot of time in the US recently and I'm starting to develop a complex about the so-called 'sport' of deer hunting. I have two main issues with it: The idea of hunting deer as a sport. I have no problem with hunting for subsistence. I also have no problem with hunting to limit the population of a certain species. I do have a problem with the idea of killing an intelligent animal for entertainment. The activity that surrounds and supports it. Often, population control is put forward as the reason or excuse. In actuality, many states deliberately keep deer populations at a level that encourages hunting (as it brings in a huge amount of money). Some private clubs actually breed the animals for no other reason than to be hunted. At the risk of sounding like a self-righteous protester type, I can't help but wonder about the psychology of people who use modern weapons to kill defenceless animals for pleasure.