Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting


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Bow Hunters and Wounded Deer

Sent to the Columbus Dispatch (OH)


A recent article in the Dispatch covered the reality of hunters wounding deer and being unable to recover them. In the article, Mr. Gary Trent was quoted as saying "An old-timer told me that if you hunt, you're going to lose deer," What the article did not explain was how many deer are not recovered.

In An Assessment of Deer Hunting in New Jersey the NJ Division of Fish and Game disclosed the following information: "Langenau (1986) found that archery deer hunters were estimated to have retrieved 43% of the deer hit by arrows..." Conversely, hunters wound and fail to track down 57% of the deer they shoot. This speaks volumes about the warped ethics of sport hunting.

According to the Ohio Division of Wildlife, in the first six weeks of archery season hunters killed 36,241 deer. This means that Ohio hunters wounded an additional 48,040 deer that they were unable to recover.

It is clear that the barbaric practice of slaughtering animals for recreation should not be tolerated by a civilized society. To learn what you can do to eliminate the disease of sport hunting, contact the Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting at 845-256-1400 or see our website:  

Joe Miele, Vice President
Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting
Box 562
New Paltz, NY 12561

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