Okay, so I'm not big on hunting. But I can respect those who do so responsibly. Who shoot animals to feed their family. Who follow the laws of the state where they reside honorably. Who use extreme caution in the handling of firearms.
BUT. I hate hunting season. Aside from the fact that every year some irresponsible, drunk hunter ends up shooting some innocent walker in the woods (oftentimes even sporting blaze orange), I hate feeling like I'm being watched when I run. I hate that people try to poach on our land every year, even though it's posted and even though I've always said no when people have asked if they could use it for hunting. I hate that there are people who just take what they want (the rack) and leave massive carcasses out in the woods to be plundered by my dog, who later pukes black tar all over the basement floor.
If all hunters would be responsible, maybe I wouldn't hate hunting season so much, even though it would still make me a little sad, because I really like the deer. But this year, I'm in an even grumpier state than usual. Because this year, I went out for a run and over the course of a quarter mile, I saw FOUR water bottles tossed on the side of the road full of pee. PEE! At first I didn't realize what I was seeing. But that's right. And why? Because hunters don't want the deer to smell the urine, so they pee in bottles. And okay, I have a little bladder and can totally get that when you've got to go you've got to go. BUT TAKE THOSE BOTTLES HOME AND THROW THEM AWAY! Now every time I run, I have to look at the four bottles full of pee. And it's not like they're going to biodegrade. So in February, I'll get to enjoy the sight of four frozen bottles of pee. And next summer, I'll get to enjoy the sight of four steeping bottles of pee. And so on and so forth. Wonderful.
So yeah, if you're reading this and you're a responsible hunter who does what you need to do to treat the animals with respect and feed your family and not litter your bottles of pee on our planet, then more power to you! Can you please pass your influence off on all those other hunters? And my apologies for coming across overly harsh on this post - not trying to offend anyone - just very frustrated by the poaching on our land, and the littering of bottles on our road (since originally drafting this post, I have spotted two more bottles of urine disgracing our street :-( ).
As a public service announcement, do not ever do a search for "nasty hunters" under google images. Trust me on this one. I learned the hard way.
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