I send my heartfelt thanks to all the members of the
hunting and trapping community who write to CASH on a regular basis. Keep
those cards and letters coming! We love the laughs.
Dear Uncle Joe:
how stupid! Why don't you ban grocery shopping, driving,
relationships, jobs, money, or any other item that might cause people
fight? You posted an article about a hunter murdering his buddy, but Was
hunting really the reason for the murder? Are you that separate for
that you reach for any association?
Dear Bill -
Thanks for writing to Uncle Joe. You want us to ban
grocery shopping, driving, relationships, jobs and money? Is that all? I'll
get right on it. (Insert cookoo clock sound effect here)
Was "hunting" really the reason for the murder? We'll
never know. All we know for sure is that a couple of violent people ventured
into the woods, presumably to kill harmless animals, and one hunter murdered
the other. The connection between this particular murder and hunting is
obvious. If you don't want to be murdered, it might be best not to venture
off into the woods with an armed maniac. This means that you'll most likely
have to stay out of the woods from now on.
Dear Uncle Joe -
I'm sorry, I shouldn't have read your article in the
C.A.S.H Courier. I am a hunter, Idon't hunt often, but I enjoy being out in
nature, matching wits with one of gods natural creations. Hunting is not a
crime. It is a part of our heritage, a tradition. You seem to make hunters
seem like cruel, feelingless people that don't care about animals.
The culling of the herd can be important. See, deer in
areas populated by humans don't have many predators, unless the humans hunt,
which has little effect on deer population. The deer grow in number and they
would all starve if some didn't die. It is our responsibility to take care
of our herds, and managing them is important to the individual deer's
Thats all Ihave to say about that. I Don't mean to be an
enemy, we are just people with different opinions. I hope you can see our
side, Ican see how you feel the way you do, but i dissagree with it.
Tradition is not reason enough for the continuation of
cruel practices. Slavery, child labor, lynchings, and throwing virgins into
volcanos are all traditions that are thankfully a thing of the past. Sport
hunting will be joining this list soon, although not soon enough for the
Hunters love to say that it is a lack of predators that
makes deer populations swell. What they don't mention is that these same
hunters kill off the predators (coyotes, wolves, bobcats, etc.) and use
selective hunting seasons and bag limits to maintain a steady overpopulation
of animals to hunt. Contrary to what you say, most hunters do not kill
animals in areas populated by humans. Safety zones ensure that most hunting
be done far from where humans live. State parks are wildlife recreation
areas usually not populated my many humans.
As I'm sure you know, there are many ways to enjoy nature
without destroying it. Camping, hiking and photography are all activities
that you can enjoy without having to kill any animals. In fact, you can sit
in your tree stand all day long and appreciate nature and her creations
without toting a shotgun with you. Bring along your digital camera with a
nice zoom lens and I am sure that your hunting skills will reward you with
some amazing photos of deer and other wildlife. You might even be able to
sell them at local fairs and flea markets. Pick up a spell checking program
while you're there.
Dear Uncle Joe -
Are you jokeing?
Hunting is my way of life, maybe out in the "great state
of New York" hunting is secondary to other things. Have your ever visited
NorthDakota? most likely not our state consists mostly of farm fields and
the amount of deer alone out number our states occupancy
of people. Why does your group want to put and end to my career of hunting,
that is my hobby. I am sure you would be a little fired up if i started to
take a way freakin' little coffee shops, god for bid if you didn't get your
latte, you my need to go see a doctor. Can't you people just keep to
yourselves let us do our thing and you do yours. Our Game & Fish does a
AWESOME job with conservation and I feel your opinion is heard, but not
Dear Austin -
Thank you for showing us all that you can get far in life
with only a third-grade edumacation, I mean education. Please tell me that
you're not home schooling your children, or better yet, please tell me that
you don't have any children.
CASH wants to end your "career" of hunting because of the
tremendous negative effect it has on so many facets of environmentalism
(environmentalism is a big word. I'd suggest that you look it up but you
obviously don't have access to a dictionary). From clear cutting tracts of
woodlands to create more browse for deer, to creating exploding populations
of animals who eat native plant species to the ground, hunting is not only
hell on the animals who are its victims, but also to every inch of land that
But you're right on one thing - I'd be "fired up" if you
took away my freakin' little local coffee shop. I enjoy my soy latte made
with organic, free-trade, shade-grown coffee.
Dear Uncle Joe,
Thanks for your suggestions, but please tell your readers
that electronic devices which put out a high frequency sound keep mice away.
I live in a big ole two story house with ten rooms – I have one device
upstairs and one downstairs, and I no longer have mice in the house. You can
get the devices at a hardware store, and the cost about $25. The first ones
I bought were not strong enough, but the second ones which were stronger
really chased them away. Thought you might like to tell people. Anna M.,
Thank you, Anna. Uncle Joe.
Letter in The Nation, 11/24/03
Several of your contributors have made factual errors,
which I wish to correct. First, they refer to George W. Bush as a Texan. He
is not a Texan. I am a Texan, or more accurately a Texian, because my
great-grandparents (who arrived there in 1839) were in Texas when it was a
Republic. Bush was born in Connecticut so I suppose that makes him a Conn
Second, Bush does not wear “cowboy boots.” Cowboy boots
have the manure on the outside. JMB