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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Deer Season Is Among Us


That time of year is among us....Deer Hunting Season, that is. I wrote about this last year and feel the need to write about AGAIN this year.

Sept. 1 kicked off the beginning of Deer season for bow hunters.

Now not everyone is a bow hunter, but around my neck of the woods...........we hunt. We bow hunt, gun hunt any kind of LEGAL hunting - we are down with it. There are 2 types of hunters: the legal, ethical ones, and the poacher, illegal, only after the antlers kind of hunter. We are the first. Hubby has his license, proper gear, paid hunting dues to the club of his choice, butcher on reserve,ect...... I love venison. Very healthy for you (2 gram of fat per serving!!!), and much cheaper than store bought red meat. We can have a deer butchered for around $70.00, ANY WAY WE WANT IT CUT, sausage, hot sausage, burger, rump roast, tenderloins, thin steaks, whatever your heart desires. Just try getting a freezer full of meat from your local Wal-Mart for $70.00. NOT.GONNA.HAPPEN.

OK, that being said, on to the illegal hunters. You suck! When you pay for a license to hunt, that money goes straight to wildlife conservation and management efforts. When you illegally kill deer and leave the gut bag dumped on the side of the road, you cause a road hazard to the rest of us. Hazard as in, all the flying buzzards with potential to hit cars, not to mention other scavengers, not to mention, someone's pet getting into it, and possibly getting sick from meat that's gone bad. Illegal hunters that just pull off the side of some country road and think they can sneak into someone Else's stand and shoot the wrong way, and hit a child in their backyard playing - SUCK! Also give ethical hunters a bad name.

A good hunter will take the time to do things right. They will not disturb the natural habitat. They will not make bad shots. They will not leave gut bags on the side of the road. They will eat what they kill. They will donate at least one of their kills to charity. yes, there are drop offs where you can take the deer and the state examines them and/or donates the meat to places like the Red Cross, ect....

So please, hunt legally, hunt ethically, hunt responsibly. And PLEASE do not judge all hunters by the actions of a the bad ones.

Happy Hunting!

4 comments:

Laura said...

glad to hear that someone does it right. if you're going to kill it, eat it. don't just go for the thrill of the hunt. if you don't eat it, most butchers will donate the meat to a soup kitchen or other worthy organization.

Linda S said...

Great post! Growing up in MD there was a limit of one buck or something like that...but people would kill whatever. We would see them come to the Bay Bridge checkpoint and throw the excess overboard to not get caught. Made me sick...I'm totally on board with you...

on a side note, we saw an albino fawn the other day. first one I've ever seen. so cute...

Average Girl In Average World said...

@Laura - thanks!


@Linda S. - the limit in DE is 2 antlered deer (bucks), and I think 3 non antlered deer (does). Albino deer are a rare sighting and treat indeed. I wish you had a camera to get a picture. Thanks for stopping by!!!

Anonymous said...

I agree with your post on this 100% and since my hubby, stepson, and myself(took the hunter safety course last year) can purchase a license, that will be a nice amount of money going back into the conservation for DE. We use all the meat...so much cheaper than the store. And, you are right, that you can get it cut how YOU want it cut. We also have a certain butcher on speed dial. You never know when you will need it. The illegal hunters need to be arrested....that is how I feel about that.

Witchyone