The drought-fueled wildfires in the Pacific Northwest haven’t canceled hunting season, but they are certainly adding a dangerous new aspect to it.
Anyone who’s seen recent headlines understands the severity of the fires raging around the areas of California, Oregon and Washington. The drought broke records. Unfortunately, now the fires are breaking records just in time for the upcoming bowhunting season.
The drought, especially in the state of California, has grown increasingly worse since 2011.
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A pair of deer move along the edge of the woods during the first day of Pennsylvania’s white-tailed deer hunting season with firearms, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, in Zelienople, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Every good outdoorsman knows that hunting goes hand in hand with population control and conservation. This hunting season, a few areas on the East Coast are encouraging seasoned bowhunters and beginners alike to take up a bow and help thin the deer population. Saddle River, New Jersey, is particularly overcrowded. The saturated population is bringing a lot of deer into tight suburban areas for foliage, causing dozens of deer fatalities and car crashes. Residents are forced to drive slow and be constantly alert. Jack Lapore, a resident of the county, told the local CBS news, “They’re [deer] all over the place, and it’s a shame because I see them on the parkway dead, especially the babies.”
Fairfax County in Virginia is also heavily encouraging bowhunters to help out with their similar whitetail problem. The Virginia Department of Natural Resources favors bows over guns because they view bows as an effective, safer alternative. Their reasoning behind this is that bowhunters must get closer for a good shot and since they are generally in treestands, a missed shot will simply go into the ground. They plan to have a 5-month archery program that starts on September 12th. So if you’re near either of these areas, support responsible conservation and take a nice buck at the same time.
If you have a child or beginner that you want to introduce to archery, consider taking them to try 3D archery. Rather than shooting standard targets at an open range, 3D archery adds excitement by emulating actual bowhunting. It’s easy to get carried away while skulking through the wilderness, looking to deliver that perfect shot on a realistic target! Continue reading