Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Winter Harvest

A newspaper report announced that 220,000 deer were 'harvested' during Ohio's 2011-12 hunting season. Harvested. They actually used that word, as though killing deer was akin to reaping a crop. As though these beautiful creatures were simply born to be picked and gathered by men in camoflauge jackets who bag their kill, load the carcasses into the beds of their pick-up trucks and then stop off for a beer on the way home.

220,000 of them.



  1. Heh, that shot looks like it could have been taken in my backyard.

    As for the deer... I get SO excited every time I see them, and Andy knows the probability of seeing deer in our yard is a factor in where I want to live. But that said, the truth is that if the deer population gets out of hand, a large number of them will starve to death or get hit by cars. I could never do it myself, but I think hunting is a far more humane way for them to go.

  2. I know they have to be hunted. My cousins are hunters. If people hunt them for food, I'm not completely opposed to it, though I don't think I could do it myself. It was the wording that got to me. "Harvested." Why don't they just say killed?