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Braveheart

A Damning Indictment Against

 

Bow Hunting

 

 

Braveheart is the unfortunate yet highly destined deer whom fate had chosen to stand forever in damning indictment against bow hunting - hunting at its cruelest.  Statistics gathered since the 1970s from various states have shown that on average, the wounding/killing ratio is about 55/45.  In other words, for every 100 deer killed by arrows, another 120 would wander the woods with one or more arrows imbedded in non-vital part of their bodies, for days, weeks, even months.  Bow hunters could argue that the data is old, but are the bow-hunters of today better shots than those 30 years ago?  Could they out-shoot Robin Hood?  Would they dare to shoot apples placed on the heads of their sons, as William Tell did his own? 

 

 

Braveheart, a magnificent young buck yet unnamed, in the garden of Laurie Crawford Stone, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, July 5, 2005.

Braveheart, with arrow imbedded in upper chest, November 25, 2005.

Braveheart - arrow shaft broken off, but wound still apparent, antler shedded, February 22, 2006.

 

 

Another statistic has it that the average number of arrows shot per kill is 17.  Where did 16 of them land?

 

In March, 2007, a property owner in the town of Moreland Hills, Ohio, was given special bow-hunting privileges out of season on the grounds of vegetation damage on his property.  Shortly after one of the shootings from a baited tree-stand located only 55 yards from the road, an arrow wounded deer was found staggering into a neighbor's back yard some distance across the road.  What if such a wounded deer caused a fatal accident while crossing the road?  Who would bear the responsibility?  The mayor and police chief of Moreland said that it would belong to Ohio's Department of Natural Resources, which issued the special permit.  The ODNR, on the other hand, shied from responsibility, saying that the question was "irrational", and that there were "hundreds" of such out-of-season permits in Ohio.  "Out-of-season" includes the fawning season, where most females would be pregnant, and/or with fawn.  Who will take responsibility for the fawn?

 

 

Braveheart - condition much worsened, arrow wound still clearly visible, May 17, 2006.

Braveheart - a walking skeleton with new antlers, October 9, 2006, within days of his death.

Braveheart, October 10, 2006, taking his final bow.

 

 

A gun-hunter could argue that his motive is food, but there is no arguing that a bow-hunter does not do it for sport. Most bow-hunters are trophy hunters.