Letter: Deer hunters

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The Independent Online
Sir: The vast majority of deer culled on the Quantocks and Exmoor have always been shot by marksmen - the hunt took a relatively small number - as proved by the Savage Report for the National Trust. What is now required is co-operation from the responsible landowners, police, wardens etc, to discourage unnecessary shooting. Red deer thrive in many areas of the UK quite happily without hunting and the farming community in those areas doesn't see the need to resort to wholesale slaughter.


Taunton, Somerset