Blasting Tiny Birds is Fun!
Sent to the Detroit Free Press 9/20/03
Eric Sharp’s column in the Press (Small-game hunting
opener damp but fun, 9/16) was a breath of fresh air, if only because it
reported hunters admitting why they practice their bloody craft. They do it
because as Larry Granchelli of Dearborn said, it is “fun.”
For once the hunters have come clean and are not hiding
behind the same tired excuses that they often give for hunting, such as
overpopulation, shrubbery damage and Lyme disease. These hunters endured the
rain so they could have fun killing half-pound birds, squirrels, and
viscous, terrifying bunny rabbits. What brave men they are!
The Department of Natural Resources reports that the
majority of hunters believe the population of ruffled grouse, the
twenty-four ounce birds that hunters love to kill, is declining. The
majority of hunters also believe that the population of woodcock, harmless
seven-ounce birds, is in decline. (Michigan DNR Ruffled Grouse and American
Woodcock Early Season Report) Perhaps closing the season on these birds
before it is too late would be a good idea.
It is unfortunate that the DNR caters to the violent
killers of small animals. Killing for recreation is obscene and should not
be tolerated by a rational, modern society.
New Paltz, NY 12563