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.