On Saturday the paper published a commentary by Marlene A. Condon, a nature lover and writer from Charlottesville. As a nature lover and gardener, Condon knows that too many deer are not a good thing. Condon’s essay should be required reading for anyone who cares about this debate because it is a good example of the emotions that some non-hunters have about this topic. Her assertion that the DGIF manages the deer population to be artificially high for the benefit of hunters — and encourages hunters to wantonly kill competitors, such as coyotes — was sure to raise some eyebrows. And it did.
Today’s paper carried a rebuttal letter from Daleville’s Dutch Holland regarding Condon’s column, as well as two rebuttal commentaries. One of those commentaries came from Kirk Mantay, who did about as good a job as I’ve seen in addressing the concerns about Sunday hunting that have been floated out there by Sunday hunting opponents. Mantay’s River Mud blog can be seen here.
Smith Mountain Lake marina manager Scott Schlesser of Roanoke also provide a thorough and well-thought-outresponse to Condon’s piece.
Again, no matter where you are in this debate, you should read these pieces because they are very reflective of the varied reasons for supporting or opposing the ban.