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LETTERS

Deer dog hunters’ hobby puts public at risk

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Doug Lane

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Deer dog hunters put the public at risk. I repeat: Deer dog hunters put the public at risk.

When you see a truck with a dog box on it parked along the road or in a field you should understand you are in harm’s way. Deer dog hunters are shooting at a fast-moving deer with a weapon that has a killing range of over 2 miles. Shooting in a populated area without a positive backstop is hazardous. Dangerous stray bullets with a killing range of over 2 miles have no place in Pasquotank County.

You should also understand that the hunter is shooting for fun. It is his hobby. If you feel a hobby should not put you in harm’s way contact your representatives or call North Carolina Wildlife Commission hotline at 1-800-662-7137.

When you understand that a hunter’s hobby puts citizens in danger and do nothing, you are part of the problem. If you are an elected representative of the people and do nothing you are just as responsible for the potential maiming or death as the irresponsible deer dog hunter that pulled the trigger.

Yes, I have told my representatives. But nothing will change unless you tell them too. Write, call, text or email and hopefully you will divert a tragedy.

Doug Lane

Elizabeth City

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