Open letter to hunters
Recently, without my permission, I had hunters shooting into my private property and blowing the heads off of wild turkeys. They then walked onto my land and scooped up theirlifeless bodies and tried to double-talk their way around what they had done. Mind you, these trespassers didn’t look like they had been missing any meals. I was standing with another person about 100 feet away. They didn’t care in the slightest who’s property they were on or the fact they could have killed me and someone else. No apologies offered.
Now, I know I’m not alone when I say what I think about most hunters. Not the Davey Crockett’s of times gone by. Today’s hunters. I’m talking about the crazies who spoil the silence of the hills, and our peaceful homes with the sickening sounds of buckshot. And the laser bow hunters. And the night hunters who thrill at stalking wild hogs or bears just to cut their throats. Over the years I’ve met every type of hunter, and still it’s impossible to understand why a person would kill for the fun of watching a defenseless creature die. And you call yourselves “sportsmen.”
You’re in a special club too, with other “sportsmen” who have stuffed and mounted dead animals all over your house. Trust me, they were much more spectacular when they were alive.
I have the ideal solution that will be “fun” for hunters, and a relief to wildlife and everyone else. Get a ton of those super-gory, ultra-violent video games that simulate every way you can kill anything. You can play 24/7 with your friends. You and your buddies never have to leave your house. And that’s a good thing.
We wish to give a heartfelt thank you to the people who own the property just up from the YLP turnoff. They have the most wonderful decorations for every season and occasion.
As we all head south with our minds full of every day distractions, it is a joy to glance over and, for just those few seconds, be able to forget the worries of the world. They allow us to remember the good in our lives.
We are sure it’s a lot of expense and work for them but we want them to know how much we appreciate their efforts.
Rusty and Sara Murphy, Oakhurst