The Pokeberry Quilt

The Pokeberry Quilt

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.

9 comments:

  1. Anonymous4:06 AM

    I know you are dissappointed. We usually hide two weeks a year as it feels like they are hunting in our back hard. We even wrap Ransom, the dog, in hunter's orange when he goes out.

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  2. Anonymous4:29 AM

    I agree with you. Hunting is cruel when it is not done in proper forms. I know several hunters and the rules for hunting in Norway is very strict.

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  3. I'm with you. I don't understand the joy of killing a living thing. Neither my dad nor my husband were hunters so I didn't grow up with it. I know the deer have become a problem in Missouri with their increased populations but there must be a more humane way to deal with it. Take care.

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  4. Oh Nancy, the two deer playing and now not being around made me so sad. That is an adorable picture.

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  5. I couldn't agree with you more, Nancy, and the same thing is happening here, on the other side of the country from you, in our back yard. I posted a picture sometime back of our run-down barn and the woods behind it. The deer come to play in the field next to the barn...same thing happens here...makes me sick too. I go cry over it all.

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  6. I agree with you,,, I see no reason what so ever to kill wildlife...We have Deer here where we live and wild Hogs and some other wildlife... we do not hunt our 27 acres nor do we allow it to be hunted...and sport trophy hunting should be outlawed! For sure if someone kills something they should have to process it and eat it!

    Just can't sell that thinning the herd, controling population stuff to me...Not when we, like you, see fewer and fewer of them every year!

    It makes me very sad...:O(.....

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  7. Anonymous11:58 PM

    I know what you're saying. I have nothing against hunters if they're actually getting the deer to feed their families, but I'm sick of what we've seen around here. Is it really considered hunting if you put out corn to lure the deer in? We used to allow our neighbors to hunt on our land until they started coming right up in our back yard (we didn't want our kids or dogs shot). We have some swamp on our 15 acres, so the deer hide there. The neighbors put their tree stands right at the edge of our property so they can try to shoot them, even though our land is clearly posted NO HUNTING. It's frustrating.

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  8. It is indeed a sad story!!

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  9. I would be sick too. I've heard someone say how this was actually humane, giving a better chance for the remaining ones, but I agree with you that it is sick. I couldn't imagine having to see if on my property and having to deal with it. Do you have to dispose of it, or can you call animal control?

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