Established as The Skamokawa Eagle in 1891

Make Puget Island a 'no hunting' zone

To The Eagle:

This time of year, our weekends are cursed with the early morning cacophony of shotguns, aimed at innocent Canada geese stopping here to rest and recuperate from their arduous journey along the Pacific Migratory Flyway. What a terrible irony. The awful sound of those guns is somewhat more tolerable when they are “distant,” as mandated by law.

Hunters that want to take game animals in Washington must abide by the state hunting laws, regulations, and requirements provided by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. Those important hunting regulations are, in my experience, frequently violated by local hunters in my rural neighborhood, particularly the requirements regarding “Washington Safety Hunting Zones.”

Per the WDFW, “Unless permission has been obtained otherwise from the occupants, hunters discharging a firearm and taking or trapping wildlife, must be at least 150 yards away from a residence, camp, building, or where people live. For archery hunting, the safety distance required is 100 yards.”

I’ve been out on my property, too many times, screaming at goose-gunners that have frightened me, my wife and our family pets out of our sleep at 5 a.m. with nearby shotgun blasts.

It’s my opinion that Puget Island should be declared a ‘No Hunting’ zone because of it’s important role on the Pacific Migratory Flyway. Moreover, all sentient life is precious, wild animals no less so than people.

JB Bouchard

Puget Island

 
 

Reader Comments(2)

CountryLife writes:

I completely agree with Johnnymac. Hunting and fishing is a core value to those of us who have always lived a country life. I hope that your sentiment that -all sentient life is precious, wild animals no less so than people- is not a convenient hypocrisy. Did you write this opinion after finishing a bacon and eggs breakfast or perhaps a fried chicken dinner? You do realize don't you that with factory farming an animal's existence is horrible. Wild game lives a natural life. Think about it.

JohnnyMac writes:

I 100% disagree with you. This is rural America. Hunting & shooting are an integral part of living out of town and away from the city. Perhaps a move to Portland or Seattle would better suit your opinions.

 
 
 
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