Here’s my letter to the Daily Astorian in response to their article, “Bowhunting and Elk.”
When they printed it, the newspaper simply titled the letter, “In Agreement.” But a more fitting title would have been: “In Agreement With a Hunter, This One Time…To a Point.”
Although I don’t usually find myself in agreement with hunters on much of anything, I had to concur with the rifle hunter who stated last week that bowhunting’s 50 percent crippling rate is a calamity and absurdly unfair to elk (“Bowhunting and elk,” The Daily Astorian, Aug. 23). For every elk the average bowhunter kills, at least one escapes with an arrow painfully stuck in them.
However, I was disappointed that the rifle hunter’s main concern was for his chosen sport, not for the elk themselves. His final line, “It’s high time to care about elk seasons,” should have read, “It’s high time to care about elk.”