Poachers are not hunters

These people know the rules, pay the required dues per year

Poachers are not hunters

In response to the recent photo and article in Nov. 29 Citizen,

I feel that it is important to voice a few points: first, there was the disgust and sadness at seeing the slain animal in the photo. The second point immediately arose as I read the article, finding that the poachers who killed that animal were being referred to as hunters.

I’m a resident of the Cowichan Valley, and I was offended and angry to read the article drawing the association between blatant senseless killing acts, and “hunters” — what I know of hunters is a group of people totally passionate about what they do, and completely invested in respect for the rules and regulations of hunting. These people know the rules, pay the required dues per year (that supports conservation of the land and wildlife) and posses a love for both the animals and the outdoors that they share. Hunters value and enjoy what they do; their “hunting” is for harvest and consumption, and a means for nourishing bodies; feeding ourselves from the land — the same as farming/growing to eat, and gathering/harvesting to feed many people. To leave an animal for dead on a highway is in NO way related to the skill of hunting and gathering for nourishment. Hunting and processing for nourishment is a skill that hunters maintain and foster.

I just hate to see the reputation of hunters being tarnished by hideous acts of careless brutality.

Hunting and gathering is in our roots; and people that foster this lost art and can do so legally, methodically, thoughtfully, and with consideration for our surroundings should never be undermined or devalued.

In kindness,

Kelly Scott

Cowichan Valley

Just Posted

Father and son score in narrow Quw’utsun loss

Brad and Quinton Thorne find the net, but their team is edged 3-2

T.W. Paterson column: This cougar story will never die

“As I walked along the last row in the Gallery, a skull mounted by one of the displays caught my eye!”

Shawnigan Hills parkrun report for Nov. 30

Seven personal bests set in chilly conditions

VIDEO: ‘Holiday Magic’ when Celtic Rhythms and Summit Dance joined forces in Duncan

Fun and frolic combined with more serious selections to make a satisfying evening for everyone

‘Things haven’t changed enough:’ Ecole Polytechnique anniversary prompts reflection

Fourteen women were fatally shot by a gunman at the Montreal school on Dec. 6, 1989

Bear raids freezer, gorges on Island family’s Christmas baking

Hungry bruin virtually ignored meat and fish, focused, instead, on the sweets

B.C. pharmaceutical company’s stocks double in value after successful lupus drug trial

More than 40 per cent of patients using voclosporin saw improvements in kidney function

Second warning on romaine lettuce from California region as another E. coli case reported

Two cases of E. coli have been reported in relation to the illness in the U.S.

B.C. Transit finds 28 used fareboxes online, saves $300,000

‘Someone joked maybe we can buy used fareboxes on eBay,’ CEO says

Many of Canada’s working poor can’t afford lawyers, don’t qualify for legal aid

One lawyer says many people earn too much to qualify for legal aid, but not enough to really live on

Economy lost 71,200 jobs in November, unemployment rate climbs to 5.9%

Jobless rate is at its highest since August 2018, when it hit 6%

BC Hydro reservoirs see record low rain across Vancouver Island

Hydro electric watersheds are at a third of their normal levels

Most Read