Re: [RC] Fwd: Re(2): [RC] Fwd: Hunter mistakes girl's horse for a deer - drhopkins
We're out in the middle of the woods in southern OH (Hocking Hills) and during
gun hunting season it sounds like a war zone around here. When we moved out
here I sent a letter to all my neighbors that I now have horses on the property
and will not be allowing any gun hunting on our property. I don't ride
during 'gun season', I also confine the horses to the small paddock near the
barn, tie hunter orange vests around their necks, and put a hunter orange rain
slicker over the electric fence that faces the neighbor's property. It's still
a long way away from our barn, but I don't take any chances.
Normally, my horses have 24/7 access to woods and pasture, so as a comprimise,
I let the horses out after thier nightly feeding then hike thru the woods to
the pasture before sunrise to bring them back to the barn. The year before I
left them in the paddock fulltime and they went crazy. I looked out the window
one day and see my gelding rearing up at the mare. I think he was trying to
get her to jump the fence and make a run for it. The last day she gave him a
good hard double barrel rear end kick to his front legs near his chest.
Fortunately, just a nasty flesh wound. Knew they needed more exercise.
They're much saner with some turnout.
As far as hunters and my 2 cents worth, I don't worry at all about bow hunters,
they are the 'real hunters'. I worry about the city folk who come out here sit
in a deer stand drinking beers waiting for the deer to come and eat or drink at
their usual spot. About as sporting as shooting kids in a crosswalk. These
are not hunters. I also think there should be a vision test given before a
hunting license is given, like for a drivers license. I'm an optometrist and I
have a surge of deer hunters come in to get their eyes checked to make sure
their vision is at its best, but I have also had to try to talk a few folks out
of hunting because their vision had failed. They know they can't drive, but by
God, they're still going to go hunting. I do thank God that there are
responsible hunters who help thin the deer population and help save lives of
motorists who would unfortunately hit the deer on the road.
> >Obviously and sadly, you still seem to think of this pathetic man as a
> >hunter..... but I would never assume that anyone who "shoots at something
> > moving" is a hunter...just an irresponsible, law breaker who needs
> >consequences asap. CC
> Cindy, our horse council had a state park ranger as a guest speaker at our
> last meeting and he said the same thing, almost word for word! He encouraged
> us to report gun toters (see, I didn't use the word "hunter") who are where
> they aren't supposed to be. The ranger pointed out to us that those people
> are just as offensive to hunters who know the law and can quote it chapter
> and verse as they are to those of us who don't hunt. Someone who points and
> shots at a flash of white is an irresponsible law breaker. Sadly, there are
> just enough of them out there that I give up a week and a half of riding so
> as not to be their target.
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