Many municipalities across the US that have outlawed hunting (either completely or restricting in some form) now find themselves with overpopulation issues. I know of several farms in St. Louis county in Missouri that are along the flood plains of the Missouri river that get ravaged by huge deer populations. (In fact, when they have massive floods in that area they some times have to close the highways due to mass migration of the deer herd). We used to bow hunt on some of those farms but I've since moved and have recently heard they may not even allow bow hunting at this point. You could literally go out there at dusk and lose count of how many deer there were. No wonder the number of deer involved car accidents has risen sharply in recent years.
This might be interesting info to those who are not
hunters (like me). My brother-in-law lives in rural Wisconsin. Every season the Game & Fish Department assays the number of deer in the wild and issues the number of hunting permits required to keep the population at healthy levels ... not that every hunter who buys a permits bags a deer, but most do. So my BIL gets his permit every year and has harvested a good amount of protein for the cost of a bullet (he does his own butchering). No travel time or gas required because he shoots from the comfort of his back deck.
How, you might ask, can that be legal or safe? First he's in a rural area where guns "cannot be discharged within 1/4 mile of an occupied building" (his nearest neighbor is like 1/2 mile away). Second, the deer come to him to eat the apples in his orchard. It's illegal to use bait to attract a deer for kill, but his apples are not considered bait ... they're produce being stolen by the deer. He checked with G&FD and they said "no worries." So he just grabs a 6-pack of beer, loads his rifle, and sits on his deck watching through a spotting scope until the target shows up. Bang. Free legal protein, usually between 50-100 pounds dressed out.
He also shoots "buns" that mess with his garden. Not for protein, just for eradication. Seems a waste, but that's the reality of hunting in the US.