Pheasant hunting not fair chase

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To The Editor:
How does a person attack another person’s intelligence when they know nothing about them? I am referring to Harry Feineis’ response to Robin William’s recent letter to the editor regarding stocked pheasant hunting. Feineis stated Williams was “an anti, ill informed person” and that the letter had “no substance or facts, only emotionalism.”

How did you come to this conclusion? Obviously not from William’s letter.  Please re-read the letter again, without your pro-hunting mentality and you will see there was research and facts in the letter.  I am a hunter’s wife and understand both sides. But even understanding the reasons to hunt, many sportsmen I know, including my husband, would agree with Williams position that there is no fair chase in any kind of stocked hunting.  

Hunters pride themselves on being responsible conservationists. There’s simply not much hunting involved in shooting birds raised in incubators and thrown out in predetermined areas while they are still busy looking for their grain feeder. The DEC acknowledges in their management plan for these birds that the goal is not to create a population of pheasants, but recreation for hunters.

Also, everyone agrees that this is a tough time financially.  Although the department may be funded in part by hunting license sales, many hunters would like this money to go to sustainable practices that are based on sound conservation ideas. Setting out tens of thousands of birds each year who have no chance to survive beyond a few weeks isn’t exactly an investment. In a time of financial strain, this should be the first program to go.  

Hunting may put you in touch with nature but so does having compassion and acknowledging that humans do not have to control the introduction and killing of animals for sport.

Ellen Faut,
Halcottsville