Criticism of ancient activity is puzzling

Why are hunters being condemned? Hunting is a sport which has been in existence since the creation of man. In the beginning man hunted food for survival. It was and still is a way of life for some. Most decent hunters eat their kill. I was taught by my grandfather at a very young age to respect my kill of wild game and feast on my harvest. I always enjoy eating what I have hunted.

I have been compelled to write this because of a letter to the editor from Britt Lind of Everett on Nov. 1 (“Duck protection: Foolish to help birds? No, that is caring thing to do”) responding to an Oct. 21 article, “Their aim is to miss.” As far as her comment on ducks being “unarmed and helpless,” I venture to say it is a very inaccurate statement. I have been hunting ducks with family and friends for over 20 years and still love the challenge. Hunting ducks is not always the simple and easy feat as it seems to be. If any animal is unarmed or helpless I ask you to consider the cow (McDonald’s hamburger), chicken (McNuggets), or turkey (Thanksgiving dinner). Those animals sure don’t control their fate.

Lastly, in some cases hunting does reduce overpopulation and does reduce the chance of extinction. Just to shed some light for everyone and provide a little education to Ms. Lind: you don’t hunt ducks in the woods and you don’t use a rifle.

Granite Falls

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