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Hunters: Please don't stop!

November 10, 2010 - Dear Editor,

I would like to thank you for continuing to publish pictures and stories of local successful hunters.

It brings me joy to see the traditions of our forefathers carried on, especially when shared with the next generation. Unfortunately, as I read the crime report in your paper I see too many teens that are getting into trouble. Perhaps this is attributed to lack of guidance or because of sheer boredom. I will gladly teach my three boys how to hunt, if they choose. Like the bumper sticker says, "Better to hunt with your kids, than hunt for your kids."

Hunting teaches young people responsibility, to care for the environment, and if taught right, ethics, standards, and morals.

To all the hunters out there reading this—Don't stop! Keep teaching your kids how to hunt.

In response to Barbara Schwartz ('Man should cherish the animals,' The Citizen, Nov. 6, page 6): Before you decide to quote the Bible, maybe you should first read it, all the way through, from cover to cover, like many of us hunters do. In Genesis 9:2,3 the Bible says that all animals are given to us and it says that "Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you." In Genesis 27:3,4 Isaac tells his son, "Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out in the field, and take me some venison; And make me the savory meat, such as I love, and bring it to me that I may eat; that my soul may bless thee before I die. Oh that's in the Old Testament you say, ok, how about Acts 11:7 God speaking to Peter said, "Arise, Peter; slay and eat."

What do you say about the animal sacrifices that God commanded throughout the Bible which were then cooked and eaten? I guess while you are in the supermarket buying your steroid-injected, radiated, salmonella-tainted, E.coli-infested meats, I'll just settle with what the good Lord provides for me and my family.

Eric Stenberg

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