By Casey Rock
For years Lucy Peterson Watkins and her husband watched two bucks in North Logan from the comfort of their home.
“They grew up here and spent a lot of time on our 11 acres,” Watkins says. “They would come within 15 to 20 feet of us and just browse around.”
In September, one of those bucks, nicknamed “Narrows,” was found with an arrow wound on a North Logan porch and had to be put down. While there is no suspect in that incident, Narrows’ larger companion was also shot, and police are planning to press charges against a suspect in that case.
The incident exposed non-hunters’ raw emotions toward some hunters.
“It just really bothered people when these two bucks were slaughtered as they were almost tame,” Watkins says. “We have had a continuing problem with hunters that started stalking these two bucks a few years ago.”
A black mark on hunting
Within the hunter community there has been a clear voice of discontent toward those who poach and hunt unethically.
Robert Schmidt, a wildlife manager and hunter education instructor, worries that unethical hunters leave a black mark on the entire hunting community. “I’m always concerned that when people see or hear or experience something that is illegal or unethical (they will consider it) part of hunting, where I would say: That is not hunting. That is something else.”
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