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Sandra Veillette: Keep the Sunday ban on bow hunting

To the editor:

According to Massachusetts Fisheries and Wildlife, approximately 33,100 persons are licensed to bow hunt (2013 count). This number represents less than 1 percent of the Massachusetts population.

These bow hunters and their supporters are quite vocal and organized and every year, they try to bring Sunday hunting to Massachusetts.

The Lenox resident who suggests that these hunters work six days a week and should have one day to hunt is forgetting about all the other folks who work six days a week and wish for one day to be completely free and unafraid to be in the woods to hike, bike and, perhaps, ride a horse, when the snow is light and there is no ice.

Families and friends need one day free from arrows flying through the air. Bow hunters do not come that close to the deer. The hunters are likely to aim and let fly to a moving object before realizing just who is on the deadly side of the arrow.

Please continue the historic ban on Sunday hunting.

Sandra Veillette

Richmond

Legacy Comments3

I am appalled at how little you know about bow hunting, yet you feel free to write a letter with lies disguised as facts. You say, "bow hunters do not come that close to the deer. The hunters are likely to aim and let fly to a moving object before realizing just who is on the deadly side of the arrow." How WRONG you are. Bow hunters get closer to deer than you could ever imagine, and don't just aim at any moving object! They aim at what they are hunting and do so with amazing accuracy. Your kind of logic is asinine! Hunters are not the problem here, lady- you are! I am so sick and tired of reading letters and comments in this newspaper from people who live in fear about a sport they are too close-minded to even attempt to understand.

The difference is that the bowhunters are asking for ONE sunday to be available to hunters that work. Hunting is not allowed in all areas, and there are other restrictions that allow non-hunters access to the outdoors every day of the year. Since hunting fees help pay for the state aquistion of hunting land, the hunters should be allowed access to it during the full few weeks of hunting season.

Thank you, Sandra, for representing us 99% of MA residents that do NOT bow hunt! :) Bow hunting is so archaic too, and is very easily done wrong, causing immense suffering while the animal dies slowly. It's also a threat to us hikers/bikers and dogs/horses, as Sandra said. I'm out in the woods a lot hiking/walking dogs and cherish that one day a week I don't need to worry about us getting hit by a hunter's bow or bullet.

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