And people wanting to hike, bike, jog, horseback also have many months a year that hunters are not allowed to hunt.
No, we don't. Laws & Regulations
If you care to read the above link, there are no "closed" seasons for some of the things people hunt here on a regular basis. Again I will say, I do not oppose hunting. Nor do I oppose gun ownership.
There is a man across the street hunting as I type. Based on his dog's breed I think he is after birds. Many people in MY area use hunting as a means to feed their families or earn money to feed their families instead of for sport. Having lived in pIaces where there were a great number of responsible and sober
hunters, my family included, I have made my statements specific to MY current location.
The woman who was shot mentioned in the information I pulled about the stats, was sitting in her
car, in her
driveway. Many of the accidents that have happened to people in MY area were to people on their own property, minding their own business. These lives have been severely impacted because of some else's irresponsibilty while participating in a sport.
You are right. Nothing can fix outright stupid, but ignorance and irresponsibilty can be fixed. Accidents do happen, some that are beyond our control but most, sadly, could have been avoided.
When I am out on multi use public land, I do not gripe about having to wear bright colors to be safe. But I do not think I should have to wear them while on my own property to be safe. Neither do my neighbors and the people who live in my county. I can easily see why some people might not want to wear blaze orange while out riding public trails to feel safe, and why they might make a comment about it on a forum thread about trail safety.
Last year there was a huge front page new story in our paper about how this was the first year that no one was shot on opening weekend of deer season. It had been such a long time since that had happened, it was a huge deal in MY area.
In other areas I have lived, ridden, and hiked. There were restrictions on who or what, can and can not be on certain trails. There are plenty of public places and lands where horses were never allowed to go in any season or time. And I have no problem with that.
Men do stupid things. Doesn't mean we should generalize that all men are bad. Women do stupid things, doesn't mean we should generalize all women are bad. Some horse owners do stupid and cruel things, doesn't mean we should generalize that all horse people are bad. Hunters do stupid things, doesn't mean.... well I think you get the point.
By the same token I wish people would quit thinking that just because something is a certain way where they live, that it is the same where others live. And I also wish some people would realize that just because they participates in activity "xyz", that everyone who does activity "xyz" is right, or does it safely, with proper education, or is responsible about it. Whatever... hunting, riding, gun ownership, drinking, gambling, ATV riding, knitting, hiking, ... well, ok perhaps not knitting...