American Hunter - December 2012 - 10

saysyou

The editors welcome your letters. Mail them to: Says You, American Hunter, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030-9400.
Or email us at americanhunter@nrahq.org Letters may be edited for the sake of brevity.

The Wrong Message?

As a longtime Life member of the 
and an avid hunter, I really have to admit
to a great disappointment in your showing the picture on p. 50 of the August issue ("Hunting Sunburned Ducks") with a
hunter with a pile of hulls and the dozens
of birds downed spread out before him.
His assessment that the "key" to a successful duck hunt is finding the location
almost seems secondary to having the
stamina to load in boxes of shells and
having a wheelbarrow to haul out the dead birds. I'm sorry to say so, but that's the
kind of picture that does nothing to promote hunting but rather evokes visions of
wasteful slaughter that anti-hunters are so glad to bring to the public. Really, gentlemen, you made a poor choice in using that photo, and I can only hope that others
are as equally offended as I am. Stephen E. Zalick, via email
Mr. Zalick, I heartily but respectfully disagree. In Canada the daily bag limit is much
more liberal than here in the States, mainly because there are far fewer waterfowl hunters there. The last time I hunted Manitoba the daily limit of geese was five per man.
There were 11 of us; our first morning we limited out in 1 hour, 45 minutes. Fifty-five
geese spread before 11 hunters is quite a sight, which is why I ran a photo of the scene
in the story I wrote about the hunt in the August 2010 issue ("Oh My, Manitoba"). Such
images do much to promote hunting; lousy days afield do nothing to inspire anyone.
Anti-hunters are angry that we even exist. They're angry that this magazine even exists. If they want ammo, they can find it from cover to cover of American Hunter.-

Wounded Warriors in Action

Your feature on Folds of Honor Foundation ("Industries United for Vets," October) briefly
mentions the Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation (woundedwarriorsinaction.org), which
we appreciate. The organization is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that serves our nation's combatwounded Purple Heart heroes by providing them with world-class sporting activities, chiefly
hunting and fishing. We typically service more than 100 combat-wounded heroes annually
in 45 discrete events across 30-plus states. The article, however, incorrectly states that Ronny
Sweger started . For the record,  was founded in 2007 by retired Lt. Col. John
McDaniel. Ronny is our director of operations for Oklahoma.
Dixon M. Gunther, Chief Operations Officer, Wounded Warriors in Action

Cheers for Coon Dogs

As a 50-year participant in the great sport of coon hunting,
I read with interest your article in the October issue ("Coon Huntin'," "Gundogs"). The general public
has no idea how widespread the sport is-there are coon hunting clubs in virtually all the lower 48
states and also in southern Canada. Virginia alone probably has 10 to 20. The American Kennel Club,
Professional Kennel Club and United Kennel Club all sponsor numerous hunts (no coons are taken)
and shows, and some of the national events attract hundreds of entries and thousands of visitors.
When all facets are considered, it is without question a multi-million-dollar enterprise. Another positive
aspect of the sport is that through the organized activities millions of dollars have been raised for St.
Jude's Children's Hospital and a litany of other charitable endeavors. Sid Underwood, Glen Rose, Texas

saysme

It's December: Thanksgiving has passed and Christmas
is upon us. It's time to take
measure of our gifts. Regardless
whether you're a deep thinker,
you must admit this time of year
everyone reflects upon luck
good and bad. I've had my share
of both, but this year good luck
has shined brightly upon me.
In the coming year you'll
learn about it all, but in the
meantime I merely want to
remind everyone what it means
to be a hunter.
When I hunt my own land I
truly understand how lucky I am,
for without it I probably never
would have ended up a hunter.
When I hunt the West I can't
help but think how marvelous it
is to tread the Rocky Mountains
with a gun and binocular in
hand, the master of all I survey.
And when I hunt Africa I can't
help but realize how interesting
the life of a hunter is, for only
hunters see the natural world in
ways mere tourists can't possibly
imagine.
Whenever I kill an animal
I silently (and sometimes
loudly) give thanks to God. If
you're not religious I understand-not everyone is-but
surely you can find it in your
heart and mind to give thanks
to someone or something. If
nothing else, thank the stars
you're an American. Where else
on Earth are people free to hunt
not only their own land but the
bounty on public land that isn't
owned by a king, or even hunt
the world if they choose? Every
time I hunt I give thanks I'm an
American hunter.
J. Scott Olmsted
Editor in Chief

NRA Hunter's Code of Ethics 1. I will consider myself an invited guest of the landowner, seeking his permission, and so conducting myself that
I may be welcome in the future. 2. I will obey the rules of safe gun handling, and will courteously but firmly insist that others who hunt with me do the
same. 3. I will obey all game laws and regulations and will insist that my companions do likewise. 4. I will do my best to acquire those marksmanship
skills which ensure clean, sportsmanlike kills. 5. I will support conservation efforts which can ensure good hunting for future generations of Americans.
6. I will pass along to younger hunters the attitudes and skills essential to a true outdoor sportsman.
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