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post #21 of 39 Old 11-03-2010, 03:39 PM
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I agree, Farmpony.

I do not know what state most of you are in, I see Kitten is in Maryland. I did a quick Google search and I actually found This which mentions that Sunday hunting is allowed in some counties.

Edit to add: Farmpony posted while I was posting. It is bow season here right now I think. My theory is, anyone who is patient enough to boy hunt is not going to be a complete idiot.
Not sure when muzzle loader season is, but it is some time around now.
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post #22 of 39 Old 11-03-2010, 03:44 PM
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I read the article and I don't think it was hunters... sounds like it a malicious attack. The article said it was a close range high powered rifle, and there was also vandalism of a car nearby. Assuming the two are related, it sounds like some punk who was playing with a gun and decided they wanted to kill something. (If it matters, I know nothing of hunters or hunting law)

Poor horse... I hope they catch whoever did it.
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post #23 of 39 Old 11-03-2010, 03:50 PM
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Kitten val-that was the point I was trying to make with Kevin. In this area (DC Metro) it is densely populated, but in many places looks like wide open spaces. I am not sure people who don't live here understand. It is a unique area, imo. Several years ago I actually aborted a trail ride from schooley mill after hearing shots. not worth taking a chance.

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I have lived in the west my entire life but that doesn't mean I haven't been anywhere. I have been to both Virginia and New York and I know how closely packed you people are. What I take issue with is the incongruity of your statements. You said that in some areas there seems to be a hunter behind every tree but you only hear about one or two shooting accidents every year. Also a horse shot in a pasture at night is NOT a hunting accident. I don't want to debate you about hunting ethics but I have found that alot of people from the eastern part of this country have a slightly skewed view of anyone that hunts or shoots a gun. Characterizing hunters as gun wielding drunks is unfair and untrue. Most hunters are very serious about thier sport and spend a lot of time and money to pursue it. They do not for the most part go around shooting at sounds or without identifiying what it is they are shooting at. I can't even count the days I have hunted without ever firing my gun.

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I think the same someone killed it for pleasure, no hunters killed it. Although there are a minority of hunters who are irresponsible, most are responsible and know how to safely carry a gun and shoot a gun and other hunter safety stuff. I don't hunt, but I've been around many hunters to know. Even the most dirty irresponsible looking redneck knows how to be safe with a gun. And why the heck would a hunter wanna shoot someone's horse? Hunter's kill the animal for whichever season it is, they have no reason to kill the horse when they are specifically hunting something else. And there is no such thing as horse season.
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So therefore I agree with Kevin as well
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but I have found that alot of people from the eastern part of this country have a slightly skewed view of anyone that hunts or shoots a gun.
Hey! (*sticks her tongue out at Kevin) I live on the eastern side of this country.
I not only know how to shoot a gun, I have great respect for what goes into hunting. In this part of the woods you have to take a hunter safety course to get a license.
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Hey! (*sticks her tongue out at Kevin) I live on the eastern side of this country.
I not only know how to shoot a gun, I have great respect for what goes into hunting. In this part of the woods you have to take a hunter safety course to get a license.
also sticks tongue out at Kevin. Hmph. I have a much different view then most horse owners actually. I look at it like this, if it's hunting season then my butt is staying out of the woods!

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I agree Farmpony. It is not like gun deer season last for months and months and months.

We have given permission to one person to hunt on our land. He has horses at home too (well his wife does). He does not want strangers on our land anymore than we do. This is a win win situation.

There are two big bucks back there this year too. I sure hope he gets one of them. Then I might get some venison for my freezer.
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My heart goes out to the owners of the horse. My own recent experience really makes these things hit me hard.

This was no "hunter" by any stretch of the imagination. Not even an irresponsible one. This was the same type of sick psycho that killed my DJ. It was done for the pure thrill of killing, and whoever did it is likely to repeat and repeat and repeat until it gets boring - and the next big thrill will be two legged game.

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Kevin-just so we are straight-I never said it was a hunter in this case.I also think it was a punk.
But it remains that animals (and people) are shot accidentally by overzealous hunters every year. It does happen, and even one is too many. I also never said you had never been anywhere.
I have always been around gun owners and hunters, who are responsible people, so I have nothing against them. Just like anything else. There are a few rotten apples in every barrel. I certainly don't trail ride this time of year, either. Never have. Just won't take the chance.
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