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WE AGREE, WE HEARTILY AGREE
The doubters will scream about a slaughter of the innocents. But my father, who hunted many years in Wisconsin, taught me that all wild game comes to a tragic end. God put game on earth for the benefit of man. If man kills quickly and mercifully and beys the rules, I am sure he is pleasing in God's sight. The truth is, and I have seen it many times, that the vulnerable deer are the small ones. The big does and bucks will account for themselves. We have had examples of literally hundreds of small deer starving to death when the heavy snows drive them to congregate in the valleys. Four years ago I saw, in the deep winter snows, the slopes of our beautiful Methow Valley literally covered with starved small deer. They too are the choice of the cougars and the coyotes. The Washington Commission wisely feels it is better for hunters to hunt those deer than for coyotes to feed on dead carcasses. We hunters agree. My 12-year-old son, Danny, who drew a doe permit and shot his first deer this fall in the Methow Valley, a nice 2-year-old doe, heartily agrees!
A MILLION FAST BUCKS?
In this instance, hordes of dedicated hunters recognize the theory as a made-to-order argument—in the interest of slaughtering a million fast bucks.
Remember it was wholesale slaughter of wild life to the verge of extinction that brought conservation laws into being in the first place.
?Neither J. Burton Lauckhart, the Washington State game management chief, nor SI advocated "wholesale slaughter of deer." Mr. Lauckhart's theory, as explained in SI, is that failure to harvest the increase beyond a deer range's carrying capacity means exposing the entire herd to malnutrition and possible starvation.—ED.
NO FRUSTRATED INTELLECTUALS
Whether athletics are de-emphasized, emphasized, or left alone, the desire to win is as keen in the mind of the Hamilton man as it is in that of any athlete. As evidence, in the past four years we have had three winning football seasons. The athlete at Hamilton is expected to perform well scholastically as well as athletically, and we are very proud of this fact. We have teams made up of good students who have the desire to win and the ability to do just that.
The impression the article left with most of us was one of indignation. We are anxious to have it known that we are not a group of frustrated intellectuals sheltered by administrative policy, but rather men governed by a will to win that is more deeply motivated than that of any "play for pay" athlete.