Monday, November 27, 2006
This is not going to be a nice post
Hunting season is over after a dreadful 6 weeks of watching this cruel "sport." When we first moved up here, I was told it was a way to thin the herds, put meat on the table, commune with nature, the heritage of the Montana way of life. I know there must be some ethical hunters, but what I have seen is stupidity, carelessness, and a lack of consideration for wildlife and personal property in general. I read an article just the other day about how many women are taking up the "sport", one woman actually stated as she sat in a blind to shoot birds or whatever, how she got to watch two otters play, all I could think was, good thing otters aren't hunted, because for sure they would be dead also.
We had two deer die on our property, trespassers shot one buck and left it to die on our driveway. A neighbor down the hill, stepped out of his house and shot a buck as it was walking down to the river to drink. That close to others houses, that close to the deer and he only wounded it, it ran back up to the hill to our property where there is sanctuary and died in our corral. It made me physically sick.
At the beginning of the season we had at least 15 deer who would come by to drink or lounge under the trees, play with each other, we have only a handful today. I'm just sick.
These two deer who are sparring with each other are dead now. It makes me sick.