Letters to the Editor

Voice of the People - August 29, 2007

Hunters don't leave carcasses behind

As an outdoor sportswoman in York County, I am compelled to respond to Mr. Isaac's misguided ideas concerning hunters.

To educate oneself about hunting is imperative for one to make a global statement such as, "what I find even more appalling is when people who hunt just leave the animals' corpses there for weeks after." First, before any person goes hunting, there are weeks if not months of preparation. There are expenses such as leasing of land, licenses, clothing, arms and ammunition. Not to mention that a person born after July 1979 must attended a hunter's education safety course. The SCDNR does an extraordinary job of educating the next generation of hunters.

Second, a person needs to understand the basic thought of hunting. It is not bragging rights about how many animals you kill and then blatantly leave behind. It is a methodical process that the majority of hunters follow. They take pride in the effort of their hunt, and, yes, they do thank God for the opportunity to do this. I know the greater part of the meat harvested is consumed by the hunters and their families. Furthermore, if the hunter chooses, the meat can be donated to the national program, "Hunters for the Hungry."

I believe the animals that Mr. Isaac is seeing along the roadside are not those left behind by hunters, but the remains of animals that have been struck by vehicles. Ultimately, that becomes the responsibility of the individual who incurred this event. So, please, before making a universal statement concerning hunters, educate yourself.

Mandy Williams

Rock Hill

Deer's habitat is dwindling

This is in response to Mr. Isaac's letter on hunters. His opinion is so far off that I don't even know where to start. First off, did he ever consider that the dead deer lying on the side of the road might have been caused by a collision with a vehicle? The reason he is seeing more deer killed by vehicles is the rate at which our woods are being destroyed by developers. This reduces their habitat and increases the potential of an accident.

If you do any research on this, you will find that there are almost 4,000 car/deer collisions in the state every year. This results in an average of about 10 human deaths a year, not to mention that everyone pays higher insurance rates due to this problem.

I have hunted for many years in several different states. Not once have I met a hunter who would just kill an animal for sport and leave it lying in a so-called mess. Many people enjoy eating venison. There are also programs where hunters help feed needy families.

Let me suggest a couple of things. Do some study into deer population in South Carolina. Then compare that with the building boom that is happening. I believe it to be more inhumane and cruel for an animal to be hit by a vehicle than to be taken legally by a responsible hunter. Last, Mr. Isaac may want to talk to a hunter. They are good people.

Barry Propheter

Rock Hill