At least, that’s what the news media and animal rights groups would have you think. I’ve gotten fed up with this portrayal lately after a few news stories along with the recent attacks on our second amendment rights by an ignorant sports announcer. So today, I provide proof that hunters are anything but heartless.
I moved to Maryland in December of 2007 for work and immediately started researching hunting. Then it was just me, my wife and our then 11 month old son. We had found a nice apartment and were starting to settle in. I’d found a hunting forum, MarylandWhitetail.com and started making contacts with local folks to learn more about hunting in Maryland. Then shortly after the first of the year, 5 weeks after we had moved I got a frantic call from my wife while I was at work that our apartment was on fire. The unit above ours had caught fire from a cooking accident involving grease. Although the fire never made it to our unit, all the sprinklers had flooded our unit with several inches of standing water, drenching most of our belongings. Suddenly we were homeless, in a state where we essentially knew 3 people. Luckily one of them came to help me cram everything that was salvageable into a moving truck and we drove it to his apartment. I’d sent my wife and son back to Richmond to stay with family while I figured things out in Maryland.