It’s late summer and in just a few short weeks, our national forests will once again be teeming with overweight, beer-guzzling, ATV thrashing, middle-aged men bonding with their offspring, engaged in an annual wilderness right of passage: deer and elk hunting season.
Across the United States, there have always been three traditional hunting seasons: archery, muzzleloader, followed by high-power rifle season. Short of running and hiding, deer and elk have stood absolutely defenseless against this barrage of artillery.
Forced to live off the land by just their instincts and lightning-fast reactions, wildlife are helpless against man-made weapons of mass destruction. So, to correct the problem, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Department of Agriculture has agreed to replace the three traditional hunting seasons with fairer, more humane seasons meant to “level the playing field” for deer and elk. They are wrestling season, primitive weapons season followed by knife fighting season.