In defense of the sportsmen
I read with interest the rant about fishing for pleasure, and I wondered if the writer is also against harvesting fish by the ton and butchering animals by the thousands in order to satisfy the hunger of the millions of people on this planet.
Had he checked closer, he would have discovered that the average hunter and fisherman is also involved in the protection of the remaining population of fish and game animals. These sportsmen also add millions of dollars to the national economy.
To label hunting as faunacide is another liberal attempt to denigrate people, who spend time and money on their hobbies.
Mankind has survived the centuries by pitting himself against nature and the flora and fauna provided by our beautiful planet.
It is true that many mistakes have been made in the past, but current sportsmen are solidly behind the preservation of the species, against which they pit their human instincts.
To label me as a killer and despoiler of nature is a personal insult and a poorly arrived at decision on your part.
I've hunted and fished in Alaska and many of the 48 states and have never taken more than my legal limit or failed to properly dispose of my catch (Read: eaten with relish).
I also note that much of the money I spent on licenses and hunting stamps has gone to support a variety of environmental protection projects.
Once again, keep your insults to yourself.
James H. Bragg, U.S. Army retired