Anti-Hunting Sentiments Are Alive And Well In The Granite State

by Rick Olson

“Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” —Genesis 1:26 (NIV)

Yet another anti-hunting hit piece. The ever-dependable Concord Monitor features such fare. In writing for the Monitor, Barbara Bonsignore provides the straw argument, Hunters claim that they kill the weak and starving animals, thus helping the population.” I have never heard any hunter make that argument.  Ethical hunters are consumptive hunters and our hunting ethos recognizes game animals as a resource not to be wasted.

Bonsignore…well-connected to the New Hamsphire Animal Rights League, (one source indicates she was its’ President at one time) makes several fallacious arguments and claims against hunting.

Bonsignore implies that we hunters rest on our laurels that, “Hunting prevents the overpopulation of animals.” Fact is, we do. It does not require complicated statistical math to figure out elimination of one animal from several, leaves one with less animals. But more importantly More Deer are killed by cars than hunters annually than Hunters.

The New Hampshire Deer kill rates by hunters hovers right around 10,000 to 11,000 animals annually, according to New Hampshire Fish & Game. Across the nation, a significant number of motorists die as a result of collisions with Deer. So the hard cold fact is that we hunters do contribute in a some way to reduce local deer populations, along with cars. Ms. Bonsignore need not worry about those weak deer because some Coyotes will violate their rights to exist and make a meal of them.

Bonsignore then calls false, “Hunted animals don’t suffer.” Suffer? suffering is a human emotion…to suffer….Again the facts belie the assertion. If I shoot a deer through its heart and lungs, that deer is going to die very quickly…and if I took a shot like that, the deer was not likely panicked or alerted to my presence. She say, “Wild animals are terrorized by the chase and agonized by the kill. Their families, herds and flocks are disrupted.” “flocks?” are we talking about birds or deer? Terrorized?….Agonized?…again human emotive descriptors. This is mere anthropomorphism and we have all the talking animal movies to thank for that. But, to engage in a bit of anthropomorphism myself, Animals in general are “paranoid,” to use the term loosely. They have a generally heightened sense of awareness and not mainly from hunters, but from hikers, bicyclists, kayakers, and the host of others who go outdoors occupying the woods when hunters are not.

Bonsignore then goes on to call the Wildlife Restoration Act a myth. Hunters pay the majority of the tab for conservation. Fact is, they do. The Pittman-Robertson Act of 1937  collects fees from hunting licenses, hunting equipment, and fishing gear and that money is returned to the states for conservation efforts. Bonsignore is partially right, but dishonest wholly in context. Taxes do pay for most of the conservation efforts, but in the form of an excise tax on sportsmen and women.

Bonsignore calls a myth, ” Hunters “help feed the homeless by donating meat from their kills.” but counters with, a study by Dr. Michael Gregor, (an advocate of Veganism) claiming that 80 percent of the game meat tested had lead bullet fragments in the samples. 80 percent of what? Most know that exponentially more road-killed deer are donated to food pantries than hunters donate. Hunting seasons run for only two to three months in most states. Another lie by eco-terrorists like Bonsignor.

And then Bonsignor’s final gross mischaracterization is aimed at Fish and Game when she states,

“It is encouraging that every year fewer people hunt in the United States. The state Fish and Game Department’s income has decreased considerably, which is why the agency is constantly reaching out to get women, youth and the handicapped to purchase hunting licenses.”

 The State Fish & Game Department experiences revenue decreases because people have less time to hunt. For others, the licenses are an expense foregone in tough economic times.

I teach Hunter Education for New Hampshire Fish & Game. The one trend that does not seem to be letting up is the numbers of people taking Hunter Education and Bow Hunter Education. Men, and women…Many in their late thirties and early forties, having never hunted before. Not to mention the fact that Fish & Game has been asked to do much more with those dollars,  such as rescue the unprepared persons who find themselves lost in the Wilderness, or enforce OHRV laws and Snowmobile laws.

Hunting is time-consuming. It is called “Hunting” because it is hard to do. Animals are hard to find. To kill a deer, one really has to know what one is doing and how to do it. To employ a skill. More who buy licenses don’t kill a deer than those who do. That is why we call it, “Hunting” and not, “Killing.” It is difficult.

Hunting seasons only last a short period throughout the year. All other deer killed are by other means, not hunting.  Yet, so-called, “Animal lovers” do harm to deer by feeding them in their yards, often removing from the animal its natural aversion to humans and some predators.

Hunting is who we are. Our bodies rely on animal proteins to be healthy (never met a vegan who wasn’t pale, pasty or sickly and for every doctor who says otherwise there are five more to say they are wrong).  We began as “hunters and gatherers” We obtained food and sustenance from hunting. There are still indigenous peoples around the world today who rely on hunting to sustain them and their families. Hunting in our present-day society, sharpens the senses dumbed-down by social media, computer games, and other included indoor activities.

Barbara Bonsignore totally ignores the larger context of community, fellowship with man and nature, revisiting of personal ethics and the sharpening of ones’ senses gained from hunting. But what is worse is her veiled advocacy of veganism in such a rank dishonest context.  It is the corrupt minions such as these that we give credit to revisiting why we hunt…a worthy thought process any day of the week.

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  • C. dog e. doG

    Geese, I hope I’m not unwittingly ingesting lead from all my tasty critter a-la-roads, especially during the late fall when deer flock to migrate. I better check in with Bonsignor to see when moon-bats are in season – I hear they taste like chicken.
    – C. dog

    • Rick Olson on Granite Grok

      C. dog, I am reminded of the time some years ago on (Big) Squam Lake when I was on a dock getting read to water ski…I spotted this woman in a dingy slowly rowing by. As she slowly rowed by she scanned all around slowly as if lost. I called to her, “Need some Help?” Craning her neck upwards, she retorted, “No! I am looking for loons to count….Have you seen loons today?” Loons? I asked. “Yeah, Loons! Seen any?” So I said, “Oh! Loons! Yeah…I got a couple in the pot on the stove for lunch. Come on up!” Now, I didn’t really have any Loons in the pot on the stove, but the look on her face sure was, “priceless!”

      • C. dog e. doG

        LOL. She would have loved my eagle pot luck ‘cuz you never know whether it’s made with goldens or baldies.
        – C. dog


    That’s it! I THOUGT that I’d already written my last piece for the monitor now that my two-year stint on their board of contributers will be up in a few weeks. But I cannot – I WILL NOT – allow this attack on the tradition that I love go unchallenged. I just sent off my response. Hopefully the editors will be fair-minded enough to include it in an issue soon.

    • Rick Olson at Granite Grok

      Fair minded? Felice Belman? She will edit the crap out of it. Monitor is little more than a leftist Fishwrapper. Unless the context fits their leftist screed, it will be massaged.

  • Rick Olson on Granite Grok

    Part of the fun of Blog writing is the whole notion of being able to call people funny names, make fun of them and make hard hitting points while scoring a few laughs. I really worked hard not to include a few Kool-Aid drinker invectives, And somehow, reading it in hindsight, I wished I had….oh well. There is always next time.

    • C. dog e. doG

      Rick, never pass up an opportunity to make sport of and take pot shots at moon-bats. It’s one of the few joys in life.

      By the way, is that a photo of one of your roadkill bambi’s in the pick-up?
      – C. dog

  • Tim from Nashua

    Gen 9:2-3 God specifically gives us the animals of the earth, to eat.
    Gen 9:2-3 And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered.
    Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb I have given you all things.
    The fear and dread of man means that the animals weren’t going to make it easy, thus hunting and fishing came to be.
    Barbara Bonsignore and her ilk are moonbats, and should be refuted and mocked at every opportunity. Job well done.

    • Rick Olson on Granite Grok

      I “gots” to tell ya! I find your comment to be one of the most complimentary postings I have ever encountered in all my years writing. Having used the word of God’s, Genesis 1:26 as my quote, I thought was great…And then you expand on it further! Just awesome! and thank you!

  • Sam Adams

    I know the liberal govt media influences many, along with sierra clubs and the like, but how have so many strayed off the path of indepenence? I can blame the education system, but some of these whack jobs are 40 or 50 years old. How did they get this way? Americans have always fished and enjoyed hunting, or at least half of them. TV and hollywood must have more influence that I realize, or Flouride and chlorine are taking its toll.

    • C. dog e. doG

      1969 + 43 = 2012.
      – C. dog

      • IWKAGGP

        GEZZUM!!!!! You’re two years younger than I am!!!!!

        • C. dog e. doG

          Negative. I was just pointing out via math that those who are 40 to 50 are the prime fodder of the 60’s cultural shift, so of course most of them became Liberal dictators once they could take the reigns – not recognizing that the reigns are the problem, not the solution. C’est la vie of a naked ape. – C. dog

          • Rick Olson on Granite Grok

            well, being just shy of 50….glad I dont like hippies.

          • C. dog e. doG

            Some made it through the malaise more or less intact. Congratulations!
            – C. dog

    • I like it…if for nothing else…the amusement value…

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