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Murder Made Easy: Disabled Hunting in Montana

Yesterday, my friend Liddy directed my attention to an Associated Press report with this lede: “Montana wildlife regulators suspect more and more people are faking disabilities to take advantage of privileges granted to disabled hunters, so they want to remove one of those perks in hopes of curbing abuse.”

Naturally, I reacted by suggesting in my response to Liddy that “animals should fake being wounded so they can lure hunters to come close enough to maul.”

From the Associated Press report: “Permits to hunt from a vehicle … are given to Montana hunters with certain disabilities certified by a doctor, chiropractor, nurse or physician’s assistant. … In some prime hunting areas, those permit holders are allowed to drive along roadways normally gated and closed to all other vehicles. They are also allowed to shoot cow elk without buying an additional antlerless elk license, even in some areas where licenses aren’t available to the general public. That kind of access has led to abuse of the permits by apparently healthy hunters, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials said.”

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials have reacted by giving “initial approval … to a plan that would ban holders of the special permit from shooting shoot cow elk with just a general big-game permit,” according to the Associated Press report.

At issue is who gets to kill what, and how.

Apparently, for the past several years, “holders of the special permit” have been afforded the privilege of satisfying their bloodlust, at the peril of Montana’s cow elk population, without having to fill out any extra paperwork.

In reality, it hasn’t been too difficult to obtain a special termination dispensation (STD) in Montana.

While “the permit qualifications are set in state law,” the Associated Press report tells us, proof of disability can be confirmed “by a doctor, chiropractor, nurse or physician’s assistant.”

A chiropractor? Really? Why not a shaman, or a Ouija board?

To be honest, I could care less how, where, and from whom a Montana hunter acquires an STD. I take issue with those who would like to ensure that animals in Montana are murdered by hunters who are willing to kill by the rules.

Lest I be accused of bitching without offering a solution, I hereby propose a policy change that would allow — fuck that, would require — Montana hunters with STDs to shoot able-bodied hunters.

5 Comments

  1. Abby wrote:

    well, Montana. what do you expect.

    Friday, December 16, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Permalink
  2. David Brensilver wrote:

    Abby,

    I have very low expectations when it comes to the sadistic behavior of those who exploit and cause the suffering and/or death of another species.

    David

    Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Permalink
  3. LiddyARA wrote:

    If nature had a say, these handicapped hunters would be toast, or toast for a true apex predator.

    Monday, December 19, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Permalink
  4. David Brensilver wrote:

    LiddyARA,

    Apparently, Mother Nature remains a pacifist, even in the face of an unrelenting assault.

    David

    Monday, December 19, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Permalink
  5. jackie crawford wrote:

    How these things done just to oblige with their lust of hunting? This way is inhumane and abusive. A fallow deer hunting may be one of the most popular sports in the US. It is an adventure that allows camaraderie and offers a rewarding experience at the same time. Another interesting part of hunting stated in http://www.huntingtexastrophies.com/, is that it allows people to practice survival even with minimal supplies.

    Monday, September 15, 2014 at 10:07 am | Permalink

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