The Deer Hunters

LACS

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An interesting article about deer stalking in the Times from Saturday:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,8126-2317826.html

There are two aspects I'd like to highlight.

1. Firstly:

"And then one morning, at about 6.30, as we drive down a narrow lane, a herd of nine deer jump out right in front of us and crash through the trees on the other side of the road. Kieron accelerates and the herd separates: three young deer are left on one side of the lane in a big field; their fellows have disappeared. Quickly and smoothly, Kieron is out of the car with his rifle: a 0.308 (7.62mm) magazine-loaded gun with a long black silencer. He takes a few seconds to aim, and, crack: 180 yards away a young male deer — a yearling prickett, in hunting lingo — falls dead, shot through the brain."

Slightly more humane than being chased by hounds, I hope you'll all agree.

2. The author says:

"My inner caveman is thrilled by the prospect of the hunt and the atavistic masculine pleasure of a kill. In an increasingly feminised, touchy-feely society, it feels refreshingly macho."
 

Clodagh

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Hope Kieron could see where his bullet was going to go if he missed.

We all share DNA with cave men, LACS. Go play golf, if that rings your bell.
 

Ereiam_jh

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"Slightly more humane than being chased by hounds, I hope you'll all agree."

I don't agree at all. My dogs chase deer and I think that's a lot more humane than killing them.

I'm not going to start shooting them just because some stupid law says I have to.
 
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