This was a very good, informative post by the OP. Good pictures of those Rineharts, by the way.
It would seem like those in power are still hanging onto the rules applied back in the later centuries when hunting was reserved for the rich and the Royalty. It's a shame that those in power still seem to have the attitude of keeping the common man under their thumbs. From what I understand it's much the same with the use of firearms in the UK (strictly controlled).
Not that the USA is perfect, but is it no wonder that we had a Revolutionary war and broke away. Of course, even here in the US a great majority of people are becoming willing to let the Liberals take more control of our way of lives, giving up more and more rights because of their complacency and laziness.
In the case for the UK, it may come to pass that some governing agency will see the error of their ways when deer populations reach saturation levels and disease and starvation become rampant.
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