Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 | 2:02 a.m.
In response to Evan Bryce’s letter “End slaughter of state’s wildlife”:
I have been a hunter and a fisherman for more than 40 years, and I am proud of it. I don’t know if the letter writer is aware of the fact conservation in this country isn’t financed by taxpayers. Every time hunters such as myself buy a gun, ammunition, bows, arrows, etc., they pay an 11 percent excise tax on those purchases that goes toward conservation. We hunters and fishermen also buy licenses that provide money for game and nongame species alike.
I also belong to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Last year, we purchased our 6 millionth acre that can never be used for anything but wildlife habitat. I also belong to the Colorado Bowhunters Association and other hunting organizations that do the same.
Last year, I bought hunting licenses in Nevada; Alberta, Canada; and Indiana; and spent thousands of dollars in my hunting pursuits.
I believe that until you rise to the task and put money where your mouth is, you deserve no spot at the table.
Lastly, as far as senseless slaughter, I prefer wild game to beef or pork, and I eat what I shoot.