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Harassment by Hunters Documented:
Emotional Stress, Physical Injury, and Property Damage Inflicted Upon Innocent People by Those Who Hunt, Fish, and Trap

The Deer Slug in My Living Room

Two years ago our family was horrified when a deer slug slammed into our living room wall three feet from my son's head. He was seven at the time. The slug was fired by a local man who shot into the timber at a deer. When he was later arrested he claimed he was unaware that a house sat on the other side of the timber -- even though we have lived here for 15 years.

Tonight, on the eve of yet another Iowa deer season, I am unable to sleep, dreading the hunter's magic moment of a half hour before sunrise. In the 15 years we have lived in rural Iowa we have had so many problems with hunters that it's difficult to recount them all. Many of these instances involved people hunting too close to our house. (I once confronted a guy hunting deer 75 feet from my front door. When I told him he was too close to the house to be hunting, he told me I built my house too close to the f____ing timber.) My dog carried pellets to the day he died -- shot by a hunter.

In all my moaning about hunters in Iowa, I have always been reassured by the locals that at least Iowa doesn't have a rifle season. That's not true any more. For one week beginning January 23, rifles may be used to hunt deer in the southern tier of Iowa (which includes 21 counties in southern Iowa). Mills County, where I live, is included in this group.

This decision by the Iowa DNR is a bad one. I have had several appropriate exchanges with the DNR spokesperson via email about this new policy. Of course he assures me that the decision poses no special danger to the local residents.

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