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Urban sprawl threatens bowhunting.

Dear Bowhunter,

I find it painfully ironic that the January/February 2004 issue of Bowhunter featured a piece warning of hunting's aging population as well as a piece on how to hunt deer in areas where development is encroaching from all sides. Reckless abuse of land through greed-driven sprawl, not antihunters, will be our demise. What's worse is that many hunters I know are wealthy men and women who earned their "hunting money" by developing huge tracts of farmland and woods into subdivisions and shopping malls. When we as bowhunters stand aside and allow land to be developed from underneath the hooves of our prey, we all lose.

Thomas M. Basch, Grand Rapids, MI

Your observations are correct, and we would agree with many of them. However, the reality is that suburban areas hold many deer--and opportunities for bowhunters. We would be remiss not to cover these opportunities. We're not advocating development, only bowhunting in all of its varied forms.

Dwight Schuh, Editor
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Title Annotation:Between bowhunters: letters from Bowhunter readers
Author:Basch, Thomas M.; Schuh, Dwight
Publication:Bowhunter
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Aug 1, 2004
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