Yes, we have to remember to keep safe, some people should not be trusted with a fire arm, and we have to remember to wear orange.
Husband is an avid hunter so I'm not against hunting but this fall has been extremely irritating at our new home which abuts an, apparantly, prime hunting piece. Our neighbors dog which is a small 45lb huskie was shot clean through with a slug by an irresponsible hunter. She lived, thankfully. The hunters response when questioned about shooting a dog, "yes, its out there" and points to the woods. "But I had a doe permit!" was one of the last things he said..... Shot the dog and knew it and then left it to die.
So there are those hunters that are responsible, and there are definately those that aren't.
People that hunt recklessly/irresponsibly with firearms are not "hunters." They may call themselves that but a true hunter is someone who respects all aspects of the sport. As such a motor vehicle license doesn't make a person a NASCAR driver even though some people may act that part. Heck, some people who have children shouldn't ever be called a parent.
Hunters and idiots-with-guns need to be kept seperate please. I'm an avid hunter myself and would like to make that distinction clear. That is not to say that you should not wear hunters orange or that you shouldn't wear your seatbelt.
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.~~Albert Einstein~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Many wise words are spoken in jest, but they don't compare with the number of stupid words spoken in earnest. - Sam Levenson (1911 - 1980)
ltlindian, that sounds like a terrible situation for the dog and it's owner. The so called hunter, however, should be prosecuted whether or not the dog owner wants to press charges. Any person carrying a firearm in the woods hunting absolutely must be sure of the identity of his or her target. Failure to do so results in what you describe. That person should be charged with a crime, should lose his or her license and have the firearm taken away from him/her. There is simply no excuse for shooting a dog, they DO NOT look like deer. Especially if the firearm was equipped with decent optics.
Maybe I should get down off my soapbox now.
Nope, that's fine. Same soapbox my husband was on. "Identify your target" is what he is always saying. Well, anyway, dog is fine and hunting season is mostly over. That buck in my back yard is still eluding my husband, much to his annoyance! lol Maybe next year.