A Visceral Reaction, Granted
Hallelujah, today is the last day of rifle hunting for deer. Black powder-muzzle loader folks have another shot at ’em later on, but they don’t seem to be as discourteous, trigger-happy and disrespectful of the lands they pass through and hunt on as the rank-and-file rifle hunters. There are, of course, exceptions to both of these broad strokes.
But I’m not happy with how hunters have treated our road, long stretches of which are free of houses or eyes that would see them pulling deer guts and carcasses from their trucks and tossing them into the upper reaches of Goose Creek.
And I’m not talking off in the woods somewhere. I mean into the creek itself since it runs so close to the road at one convenient place in particular, whereÂ there is not just the one large blue tarp-with-carcass but two (and another unwrapped nearby.)
Is it too much to ask, in your callous disregard for other people’s property that you not include a very non-biodegradable and eternally visible plastic wrap in your awful offal offings? The critters (dogs most likely) have pulled the one carcass free and a buzzard-picked rib cage greets passers-by.
The other remains a contained lump, too big to move even when frozen solid in another month, too contained for access by any but the smallest decomposers or scavengers.We will smell it come March.
Yesterday I stopped along this same road that we live on to pick up the remnant parts of a large plastic spotlight, battery here, silver reflector over there, yellow case in a side branch 20 feet from Goose Creek. I ask you, sirs, how hard would it have been to toss that in back of your truck and leave it in the greenbox a half mile up the road and right on the way back to your cave?
I’m sorry, you’ve jerked my chain. It’s bad enough that one of you has put up a deer stand clearly on our property and puts us all at risk (including YOU when we give some of those who ask permission to hunt here.) It would be a kind of poetic justice if you were shot out of a tree stand while hunting illegally on private property.
If this unfortunate thing happens, would you prefer a blue tarp for interment on the side of the road, or camo?