Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Suburbanites Dismayed by Hunting

Bagging a Backyard Buck
Suburban deer hunting draws attention in Vienna.
They are all sure that doom is going to visit their little enclave because hunting is allowed. The truth is somewhat different.
CONCERNS ARE OFTEN raised about dangers to children and pets when the subject of suburban bowhunting comes up, said Fairfax County wildlife biologist Earl Hodnett. "But nobody ever gives an example of where that happened. I can't find any record of a non-participant injured in a bowhunting accident." Hodnett said accidents generally injure only the hunters themselves, when they fall out of trees or onto their own arrows.

"I can understand the concern, but usually the concern comes from not understanding about archery," he said. He explained that bowhunting is done at close range, so wide misses or cases of mistaken identity are hardly a possibility.
So stymied on that front, they are then worried that their children may be exposed to life.
[One complainer] said she did not care for the idea of her children seeing a deer get shot.
Just take them down to McDonald's and pretend that meat grows on trees.

Deer overpopulation is a real problem, and hunting one of the few effective means to combat it.

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