Letters to the Editor

What's on your mind.

Outdoor Life Online Editor

The Legend of O'Connor
Jack O'Connor was my hero, my inspiration, my maker of dreams. I was a kid in my teens, and he took me to places I would never see. He took me on adventures I would never otherwise have known. He made me a dreamer of hunts I would never hunt but would always remember.

After reading his writing in your issue (December/January), I felt a heavy tug in my heart and a mist in my eyes. The memories came rushing back. Jack, I will always miss you.

Jerry Chartier
Roseburg, OR

Deer Wars
On reading your fine article about the Humane Society on Fire Island ("Mad Science," November), I wonder if you believe their claim that they are "humane." They are no such thing. They just want to deny folks the right to hunt, plain and simple.

As for whether they actually need hunters to decrease the deer herd, of course they don't. Starvation and disease will do that quite nicely, if it hasn't happened already. The deer population will collapse precipitously, and the antis will simply claim victory. Sure, there will be collateral damage, and no hunters equals no game, but the last thing these people really care about is the animals or the ecosystem.

Norman Colon
Bridgewater, MA

Canada Strikes Back
Like many Canadians (I am also an outfitter), I am a life member of the NRA, yet I have been floored by the ignorant statements made by the NRA that suggest that Canadians are losing their rights to own guns.

The nonresident firearm declaration is just that. Your weapon is not "registered" with the Canadian government, you only declare that you have brought gun "X" into Canada. You can bring as many guns as you want for $50 CDN. True, the form you need to fill out has space for only three guns, but there is a continuation form available for more firearms. For $10 more you can have the above papers processed and in good standing for five years. The official Web site for information on this is at www.cfc-ccaf.gc.ca.

Leonard Orser
New Brunswick, Canada

What Are You, Nuts?
In response to the letter by Marlin Morris (November), where is this guy from, the Land of Oz? He must never have heard of Cuba, Spain, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Japan...All the rifles, shotguns and pistols are in the hands of the government. There is no hunting, no home protection, no armed civilians to repel invaders if need be.

This plague of gun grabbing comes in three steps: registration, taxation and confiscation. Time after time after time. Then, goodbye guns-yours, mine, everyone's but the crook's.

What is needed is not more laws, but rather stronger judges, willing to enforce the 30,000 laws that are already on the nation's books.

Dick O'Brien
Corona, CA

To Mr. Morris: At first glance I thought I'd write something like, "Get a life," but I have since come to realize that you are grossly mis/uninformed.

First, you register privileges, not rights-and believe it or not, gun ownership is a right. Furthermore, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court has just ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual's right "to keep and bear arms."

Second, nowhere does the Second Amendment of the Constitution say anything about the right to hunt or possess firearms for hunting. The right mentioned there is for self-defense and defense against tyranny, whether it be from within or outside.

Third, confiscation has always-repeat, always-followed registration, in every place that firearms registration has taken place. It has already happened right here in America (California and New York are good examples).

C. Green
Great Falls, MT

Say It, Don't Spray It
I enjoyed reading "Sprayed" (November). Your readders may benefit from this skunk deodorant recipe I got from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission:

l 1 qt. 3 percent hydrogen peroxide
l 1/4 cup baking soda
l 1 tsp. liquid soap
The chemicals in this recipe are harmless. However, you should not spray the eyes, nose and mouths of pets and people. The spray deodorant works by chemically changing the skunk essence into sulfonic acid, a completely odorless chemical.

Dave Feler
Via E-mail

Cull the Albino
It is apparent by his letter in the November issue that Roy Hergard has no concept of genetic viability when it comes to whitetail deer.

Albinism is a recessive trait, and may be accompanied by physiological abnormalities detrimental to the animal's health and chance of survival overall, regardless of hunting pressure. Additionally, albinism is a distinct disadvantage to the animal in the wild, as it lacks the natural concealment from predators (both human and non-human) for survival.

It could be argued, quite effectively, that Mr. Johnson did the deer herd as a whole a great service by removing this particular genetically inferior animal from the gene pool. For the record, I have a B.S. in Wildlife Science, and thus do have more than a cursory knowledge of what I speak.

Whitson Morgan
Huntsville, AL