We Only Shoot the Old Bachelors


| 3/23/2013 5:30:51 PM


Tags: Simple Living, Urban Wildlife, Urban Farming, bird watching, Joan Pritchard, Joan Pritchard,

Took a little trip to watch the cranes in Nebraska and it gave me an oBrother in lawpportunity to talk about game birds with my brother-in-law while in the car.

I like to think I am a reasonable person about hunting in general, becoming mildly obsessive only if I think it foolish or wasteful.  I eat venison, for example, but deer practically knock on the farm house door.  I don’t however, allow bird hunting.  I think it is wasteful and unfair to my endangered birds.

So, on this trip, I brought up the subject of turkey hunting, which this particular week seemed to coincide with the breeding season.  It didn’t seem fair to me to shoot turkey at that time.

So, I asked my brother-in-law, we’ll call him Charles, why would the state allow a hunt during that time.

"Well, he answered, “it’s only the males we’re allowed to shoot.”



I cast my eyes upon him with a look of incredulous doubt.  “I think that’s my point,” I responded.  “They’re MATING.  It’s not right to shoot them.”






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