No hunting without good sense

Published: Monday, January 3, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 2, 2005 at 11:47 p.m.
I'm voicing my opinion again as I did on Dec. 17, 1989, when an 8-year-old boy sitting on his grandfather's lap was mistaken for a deer and shot by a hunter.
The father who recently killed his son in Clay County is another tragic example of not following rules and good sense.
In the articles about the incident, nothing was mentioned about whether or not the son had on his required orange vest. With a good scope or binoculars, there is no excuse for not identifying your target before you shoot. If you shoot with open sights, make sure you have binoculars for identifying your target.
Most shoots on a deer in a wooded area are at 50 yards or less, and with good eyesight, including wearing glasses or contacts to improve your sight, this should be no problem.
The father suffered a heart attack while trying to revive his son, possibly due to his grief and stress, which made it a double tragedy for his family.
I do not believe in hunting accidents. I call them mistakes and lack of good sense.
I have sworn to never bury family or friends because of my lack of good sense.
Hunters, if you cannot hunt by the safety rules and your good sense, then take up golf and get out of the woods.
Ron Denham, Gainesville

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