Letter: Hunters should stay in the woods
Posted on Jan 08, 2014 - 11:41 AM Printer Friendly View
Now that the deer hunting season is over, Onemo will be its quiet, peaceful self again. No trucks turning our narrow roads into racetracks. No squalling pack of dogs pursuing animals, wild or otherwise, through our yards. No young men standing atop dog boxes on vehicles parked in or on the road, with shotguns poised to take down whatever breaks cover. No jarring sounds of gunfire stirring our geese and smaller birds into flight or causing human hearts to miss a beat. No more uncontrollable rage that this writer experiences when she sees hunters behaving stupidly.
My most humble and heartfelt apologies to the foxhunters I verbally assaulted and falsely accused of being deer hunters the other day. I painted you with a broad brush you didn’t deserve and for that, I am ashamed. If I could tell you in person, there would be no reason for this letter. I behaved badly and I’m sorry. But I make no apology for my uncontrolled anger and passion directed at hunting practices that give the sport a bad name.
Royce Reagan Roberts was 25 years old and an avid hunter when he was mistaken for a deer. His last conscious thought when the bullet ripped through his throat must have been “Stupid Hunter!” They carried him out of the woods and while they awaited an ambulance, his blood dripped off the tailgate of a pickup truck just like a bagged deer.
He didn’t survive the impulse of an overeager hunter to pull the trigger before identifying the target that broke cover ahead of a pack of baying hounds. But his last thought must have survived in his older sister.
That’s the only reason I can give for my visceral reaction to seeing a hunter standing with a shotgun in front of my house or a pack of dogs running through my yard.
Where I come from, hunters and their dogs hunt in the woods, not yards nor from public roadways. It’s still not safe from Stupid Hunters but at least it is where the right to hunt is intended and respected.