Dates for deer season should be changed

October 3, 2013 

My trepidation is the opening and closing dates for deer hunting. I reside in a game zone where archery season opened on Sept. 15. In order to at least make it feel like deer season, I turned on my air conditioner in the van.

I soon turned it off because of the perspiration running down my face and back. After reaching my favorite hunting spot, I could not help but notice the collection of spiders hanging from my hat. They looked like tassels on a sombrero.

The snake that tried to crawl in my lap of course insured that I did not take a nap in the heat of the day. It is the 80-plus degree weather that does not seem conducive to successful deer hunting.

Fortunately, or should I say unfortunately, I did harvest a deer last year. First there was the near heat stroke dragging my trophy to the van. Then there was the race with time, ticks, blowflies and yellow jackets processing my prize. All the while I am hoping and praying that the venison does not spoil before I finish.

This year I did not even see a deer. I did however take home a family of chiggers who are happily munching on both ankles. I again ask the non-hunting lawmakers in their air conditioned offices a simple question: Why not close deer season on Feb. 1 rather than Jan. 1 and adjust the opening dates accordingly?

Then at least cold weather would alleviate many of my concerns. Thank you for your time.

Michael Connolly

Rock Hill

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