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Anterless hunts and ethical considerations

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To the editor: The slaying of the cow moose which resulted in the orphaning of two calves may well be within antlerless game law but there are many things within the law that are legal. That doesn’t mean that the actions allowed are conscionable.

The action of that hunter was disgusting, and so are the laws that protect such action. People may well believe we are the crown of creation, but stewardship also implies certain ethical consideration. Resigning ourselves to this sort of excess with a shrug and the sad recognition that the euthanasia of the calves may become necessary, well, that just ain’t enough, oh Nimrods.

I’m not anti-hunting, anti-gun, anti-bow. But this is the sort of blockheaded ness that makes it difficult for genuine subsistence hunters to endure. This was excessive and cruel. Not a shame, since clearly the law protecting such action itself is shameless. But it was cruel and a symptom of the needless waste that has always made this country as desperately unhappy as it is today.

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