I grew up in Western Montana, Granite County to be exact with its pristine lakes, streams, endless forests and wildlife!
A slower way of life, better values, a respect for the land and a respect for one another!
What I saw in not only my local paper, The Montana Standard, but in the Missoulian as well broke my heart .
Yes, hunting is a way of life here in Montana, for some to provide meat for their families and I include myself as being raised on venison; but for others it is a sport — man versus animal!
But, killing a majestic animal that had survived that many years by its own wits and determination because of the size of his RACK to me is unconscionable!
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How can the hunter be proud that he chose to end the life of such a fine specimen who had undoubtedly sired many equally perfect generations? I will say I admire the hunter's choice of the bow and arrow as it took considerable skill on his part.
Certain types of fish are returned to their waters as past of the "Catch and Release" program.
Can we not begin a similar program for other animals that represent Montana as the last best place?
— Carol Coursey, Butte