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Driftwood Outdoors: A sense of responsibility

Driftwood Outdoors: A sense of responsibility

Hunters and poachers are not the same

December 18th, 2011 by Brandon Butler, columnist, outdoors@newstribune.com in News

(From left) Brandon Butler, Jimmy Rowan and Tom Butler display a recent deer legally taken.

A letter to the editor of a newspaper I had picked up made my temperature rise quite bit.

It was from a local reader who was upset about the illegal dumping of deer carcasses in a creek. I was taken back when I read the deer were most likely being killed out of season by "hunters." It infuriates me when the term "hunter" is used to describe anyone who kills a wild animal.

If someone is breaking the law, and killing animals out of season, or they are not following limits or regulations, then they are not hunters. They are poachers.

It's so important for hunters to separate themselves from ....