Matt Meola is a hunter. Whether it’s waves, fish, deer, or pigs, he’s in it for the chase. Growing up, Meola lived in the country.
Hunting is always a contentious issue. But if you eat meat, killing your own animals is better than buying it from a store–apart from the health benefits, taking one animal that will feed you, your family and your friends is better than buy a chunk of meat that came from an animal that lived in a pen, was pumped with hormones, then herded into a killing pen with thousands of others. “When you go and order a steak at your local restaurant you never think about the animal that died for it,” Shane Dorian told Beach Grit.
The axis deer population on Maui is out of control. According to Fox, the first deer was brought to the islands back in the mid-1800s. Then, in the 1950s, a few deer were taken to Maui “as part of post-World War II efforts to introduce mammals to different places and increase hunting opportunities for veterans.” Steven Hess, a wildlife biologist for the U.S. Geological Survey, said that biologists believed the introduction of a non-native species could improve the environment. But since there are no native predators there (axis deer are an Indian species, normally hunted by tigers and leopards), the population exploded.