OUR VIEWS: Hunt opposition off target

Sep 21, 2012

 

Some of the concerns may be valid, but others are way off target.

The problem occurs when people forget that these are wild creatures and instead view them as some sort of lovable Disney creation.

These are real animals, living in a natural world that is unkind and unforgiving. Toss out your misconceptions that these are cute, cuddly, peaceful creatures. They're not. These are living, breathing animals that have three primary goals in life: to eat, to avoid predators and to reproduce.

And these wild creatures are capable of overrunning the land on which they live, which is the case in many residential areas across the state. They have no natural predators, other than the occasional coyote.

A more legitimate concern about the proposed North Ottawa Dunes hunt is safety, but even those concerns are overblown. Non-hunters often assume that all deer hunters behave like Amos Slade, the trigger-happy protagonist in Disney's "The Fox and the Hound” who sends lead flying in every direction whenever he's out on the hunt.

In reality, hunters are an inherently safe bunch. The number of hunting accidents in Michigan number around a dozen per year, and many of those involve hunters falling out of tree stands. The number of times a hunter actually fires his bow or his gun and hits something other than his intended target is miniscule.

Granted, North Ottawa Dunes is situated adjacent to a few residential areas, notably North Holiday Hills. But many hunters already set up their blinds in areas close to residential areas. This is nothing new.

Deer hunts have been held in other popular parks across the state. Near Traverse City, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, and the park is open to hunting during the fall months.

While we realize that not everyone will support this hunt, we recognize the need to manage the deer herd at North Ottawa Dunes. We’ll put our faith in the experts who recommended the hunt, and our faith in those who participate in the hunt to do so safely.

Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Cheryl Welch, Matt DeYoung, Liz Stuck and Fred VandenBrand. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to news@grandhaventribune.com or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.
 

Comments

PeopleAreAmazing

By the way - for what it is worth (likely not much) - I think you've stated your position very well!

RenegadeX

Polite and respectful discussion is always a bonus. Thank you for your kind comments!

Mr. Conservative

i would accept that award with honor. give me a trophy and i will beat the crap out of hawkeye with it.

Mr. Conservative

i would accept that award with honor. give me a trophy and i will beat the crap out of hawkeye with it.

PeopleAreAmazing

LOL.......oh, come on now! We don't need that! I'd give you the award.....I'd just be afraid of what your acceptance speech would be like! ;-) I line up with those supporting the measures of controlling the deer herd. I am not a deer hunter - but I do think something needs to be done. By the way - how are you going to vote in November? Just kidding!

Mr. Conservative

i would love to see ted nugent in the whitehouse

LessThanAmused

No surprise there, your lack of manners, racism and rampant partisanship in this forum knows no bounds. Mr. Conservative's favorite quote...."hold my beer and watch this!" .......and yes, I do see the irony in me responding to this dim bulbs subterranean trolling, just couldn't help myself today.

Mr. Conservative

Racism? Really? Typical liberal. Its really not surprising at all. You should f off with your liberal ideas because they make me want to vomit.

LessThanAmused

Ok, for the sake of argument take that one word out of my post and reread it. Are you fine with the characterization now?

LessThanAmused

If you scroll down a bit you'll find that I've already made a public request to have this troglodytes rants and his online account pulled due to lack of content, among other things. So far it seems that my request is falling on deaf ears. Maybe he's a stooge for the Tribune, planted here to pump up the readership and keep the I.Q. level down. :-)

Cheryl Welch

Hi there and thanks for being a commenter. Actually, we sent an e-mail to Mr. Conservative asking him to clean up his act. If he does not, we will block his account. We don't want to do that, as we appreciate conversation on our stories and editorials, but we will. So far he's been better since the e-mail. We are watching, however. Thanks!

 

Mr. Conservative

you censor it anyway, whats the point?

LessThanAmused

Thanks for the feedback Ms.Welch. Nice to know somebody is paying attention so that this doesn't turn into a WWF match.

PeopleAreAmazing

Could be - have never gotten that far in his posts - when you lower yourself to the point where you have to personally attack people, and use profanity to get your point across - nothing you say matters.

RenegadeX

Well said!

Mr. Conservative

funny how you accuse me of personally attacking people. its really hypocritical because in all your posts, thats exactly what you are doing.

LessThanAmused

nevermind.....

Mr. Conservative

I have a new non-lethal solution that Hawkeye has been begging for. We will capture all the deer and put them in his yard so he can deal with them. Problem solved, everybody is happy, especially hawkeye because now he can live in harmony with them.

LessThanAmused

I've got an even better idea!....how about we stick you out in the middle of the dune hunt area and watch the deer scatter? No self respecting deer, or human for that matter, would want to hang out at the souce of that smell for very long........problem solved without firing a round!! Ok, I'm done now...maybe I'll go to a bar and pick a fight tonight....get this crankiness out of my system :-)

Mr. Conservative

or you could stfu

LessThanAmused

LOL! you name the bar and the time....I'll be there! :-)

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