I could never understand the concept of hunting for sport. As an “animal lover” I find this abhorrent and downright cruel. I remember years ago in the city where I reside they set aside a weekend in November to kill deer due to the city’s claim that they were overpopulating the area. You can imagine the glee of all those red-blooded American good ole boys when they heard about this. At the time I along with my two kids lived at the edge of town. We were taking a walk one November night during that time and heard the most anguished agonizing cries coming from the woods, almost human- like—very haunting and disturbing. Months later, in early spring, I was walking through those woods and came upon the carcass of a decomposing deer. I looked closely and saw an arrowhead lodged in her leg bone (since the slaughter was allocated within the city the hunters were to use bows and arrows). I thought back to that November night and of the cries and supposed they could have come from this deer. They didn't even make sure she was out of her misery, just left her there to die, perhaps with her kin standing helplessly by. Shoot to kill; blood sport, decimating populations. When will it end?
I have hunted, something man has been doing since he first picked up a rock or stick to use as a weapon. But I have know two types of hunters. The first are sportsmen who love the planning and taking of a trip, figuring out the habits of the animals being hunted, the tracking or lying in wait for the game to appear. These people would never leave a wounded animal on the field but would spend the day(s) to put the animal out of its misery even if the meat was no longer good. The second type, well, they are just cold blooded killers (assholes) that use spotlights at night, hunt out of season although they didn't need the meat for food, or cut off the hind quarters and back-strap of a deer and leave the rest "because its rack wasn't big enough." Yup, assholes
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated"---Ghandi