I recently discovered this wonderful blog by Willard. His post today made my stomach turn. Not because of the photos – those are amazing – but because of what the photos are of; deer killed for their antlers and tenderloins. Here is the actual blog post.
The whole idea of people killing deer for their antlers blows my mind. I have heard of Rhios and elephants being killed for their horns and tusks but a whitetail deer… killing any animal just for sport, I think it wrong. Keeping the population in check – yes. If the hunters in Willard’s post didnt want the meat, why not donate it to food pantries?!?! I did a quick Google search for donating deer to pantries and came up with this nation-wide list of organized groups that help. I would like to think that there are butchers out there that would also donate their time and talent in helping out with the process.
To hunt a whitetail and have the fortune to bag one is an incredible experience. For me and my family, I hunt for the freezer and am grateful if that meat comes along with an impressive rack. But, I would have been just as excited if I shot a 4 or 6 pointer (ok, not as excited, but still pretty happy). If there was a way for these people to just drop off their kill at a butcher and get what they want, do you think they would do it? Am I being way too hopeful? With so many people who are hungry and just trying to make it, the idea of leaving 50, 60, 70+ pounds of meat on the ground to rot makes me sick. But can we do anything about it? What do you guys think??
Thanks Willard for your post (and I give you total photo credits for the photo I used here)