It boggles my mind how we can say that hunters are birders best friends. The very essence and purpose of a hunter is to kill the wildlife. The very essence and purpose of birders is to enjoy and appreciate the wildlife. Regardless of whether the money generated from hunting goes to help bird areas, it really does not make up for the damage that hunters create, to our woods and the animals. I cannot tell you how many times i have been hiking in our woods (it's even posted property) and I have come across makeshift blinds with beer cans strewn about. Many hunters do not appreciate our wilderness. I have heard stories of hunters at Herricks Cove shooting down migrating waterfowl and then bringing the dead duck to a birder (I won't name the birder) and asking what species of duck it is. As far as i understand, hunters must first identify the duck species before they shoot it down (because some waterfowl is protected under endangered species act). Hunting does not go along with
birding, and I must admit that I have no admiration for people who need to appreciate wildlife by killing it. As a birder, and someone who loves nature, I will continue to appreciate wildlife where it belongs: living in nature. Taj Schottland
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