Monday, November 3, 2008

No Hunting


It never occurred to me that hunting would even be allowed on this tiny island until I saw the No Hunting signs going up all over the place. My next door neighbour put one on every corner of his property. I asked around and sure enough it's true though not one single person I spoke to thinks it's a good idea. I mean, what sport can there be in killing animals that are so accustomed to humans that I was able to take this photograph in my front yard? Not to mention safety issues. The only good news is that the season is almost over and I've not seen one single carcass being hauled away by vehicle nor have I heard much gunfire so maybe the slaughter has been minimal. I sure hope so.

13 comments:

Eric Salsbery said...

I hunt with my camera.

The best part about doing it that way, besides the obvious lack of blood and dead animal is that some other photographer can come along later on and take a picture of the same animal or feed it as the case may be.

Hunting is not a sport until the deer start shooting back.

Great shot

Ann said...

I totally agree with Eric above me, I am absolutely anti-hunting, in any shape or form it repulses me. Your beautiful Deer image is gorgeous reminder of how majestic these creatures are.

Julie said...

This is a handsome head! The antlers are so silky smooth, As you can tell, I have never been up close and personal with a deer ...

JM said...

I totally agree with Eric and Ann! How cool to handfeed a deer in your front yard!

Snapper said...

This just in from Mrs. Snapper...


The antlers are "in velvet" in this pic which happens during the summer (hormones). They grow a lot then too! During the winter, they're hard and sort of scary looking...like they're carved out of wood and could take you out pretty painfully. When we first moved here last fall, I was a bit scared of them and then this summer when they were in velvet, I was all, "they look so harmless" and then when the velvet season ended, I remembered why I'd been scared last fall, but now we're all pals! I'm the "carrot lady", although I don't give them feed like some residents do. They're fat and happy enough!

Ruby said...

Yes, I totally agree.

I once went on a pleasure dive on holiday in Kenya, and saw loads of strange and beautiful, colourful fish and sea creatures of all shapes and sizes, swimming about in their natural habitat. It was totally awesome, and felt like a real privilege. When it was over, I noticed that further down the beach a party was coming ashore with harpoons and dead fish. It seemed unfathomable to me then and still does now!

Virginia said...

Not that I'm for hunting mind you, but how to you control the deer population on a small island? They are about to take over the state of Alabama and we have a hunting season! Just curious.
V

Snapper said...

Virginia, the deer own this island. After all, they were here first. We humans just build fences to keep them out of our gardens. Seems to work out OK and to most residents, it seems a fair trade-off for the opportunity to mingle with these beautiful creatures on a daily basis.

Leedra said...

I agree when the animals (any) are so accustomed to people that we can be around them without them running off there should be NO hunting. What would the fun be in that?

Lovely close up of the deer.

babooshka said...

Absolutely agree with you. ne of the best days in the UK was fox huting outlawed. Waht is sporting about killing animals for fun. Image is delightful

PJ said...

This photo says it all. It wouldn't be muc of a fight.

Becky said...

When I was in high school, I went to visit a friend who lived out in a podunk town in the middle of Oregon. Her family is farmers and hunters. Basically, they live off of the land. I'm NOT a hunter, and I don't condone killing animals in any way, shape, or fashion, but I don't hold it against my friend.

Anyway, I was there for a couple of days, and in the middle of the night, I woke up while it was still dark, and, dazed and trying to figure out where I was (you've had those moments, right?), all I could see was antlers, eyes, and a bearskin on the wall. Then there was a cougar above the fireplace. I quickly came to my senses and remembered where I was, but at first I thought I was having a nightmare!

I've never been able to understand the fun in killing animals "for sport." It's like chasing children around and shooting at them.

I do have to say that if a person is lost in the woods and the only way to survive is to find some meat, by all means do it! But let's not just laugh and point a gun and murder for no reason. Go plant some vegetables and legumes.

Okay, I'll get off my soap-box now.

Oh, one more thing - I like the comment made about how the deer were here first and they own the island. It's possible for humans and animals to live side-by-side. So let's make it happen.

disa said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.