Subject: Shooters
From: Wesley Tolhurst <>
Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2011 21:15:33 +1000
It's great to see someone voicing an opinion in this forum that might not be 
the most popular.  Well done Sandra.  
I am a bowhunter although I also have a gun license.  I happen to also be a mad 
keen birder.  And I think the two go hand in hand very well indeed.  Without 
management, many of our species are destined for extinction.  Conservation 
hunters like myself can make a positive contribution to the preservation of our 
wild places through reducing feral populations.  And Chris, I would happily 
hang my bow up if we rid the whole country of ferals... what a day that would 
be.  Too many times I've seen feral cats and foxes stalking and killing birds 
and other wildlife to not be stirred into taking up alms on behalf of our 
weaker natives.  
As for quoting the tragic loss of a freckled duck, while that makes me wince 
and feel sick, imagine how many more freckled ducks have been saved by the 
eradication of foxes by ethical conservation hunters.  I could say an idiot 
drunk driver killed my friend therefore we should all never drive cars... 
policy should never be made at the behest of the far right or the far left.  If 
so, then we are at the mercy of extremism.  
I love birds and I hunt ferals.  Hope there's room for all of us.  


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