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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.

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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

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