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ARTICLE from the Winter 2009 Issue

No Safe Refuge From Reckless Hunters

There’s no doubt that families in cities and especially more rural areas are increasingly being impacted by hunting.

This hunting season, C.A.S.H. received a call from a NYC native who had moved with his two daughters to a quiet rural town in Maine, naturally hoping he was getting away from the dangers of city life. Sadly, he found that gun violence is hard to escape – particularly during hunting season.

Last fall, the single father found his new home and his children were under threat from bow and rifle hunters who casually shot at animals so close to his house that his 4- and 10-year-old daughters were forced to hunker down in their own living room to be safe from bullets or arrows. “My girls were terrified,” he told us.

Respectfully approaching two of the hunters with the request that they hunt at a greater distance from his home, he was told, “We have the right to hunt here.” Police were sympathetic, but he was told they could not take action unless a tragedy occurred first.

Complicating matters is a neighboring landowner and longtime resident of the area who refuses to post her land against hunting, choosing instead to side with the hunters. And as if contending with reckless adult hunters was not enough of a menace, this harried homeowner has seen boys as young as 6 years of age wielding rifles near his property! The danger is so real that this gentleman has even considered selling the house he worked so hard to buy to provide a safe refuge for his family.

The risk is real, just take a look at only two firearms tragedies that occurred recently.

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