Can you believe it's hunting season already? Seems a little hot, don't you think? For bow hunters, it's now or never if they're putting an elk in the freezer this year. But in this heat, getting that elk into the freezer without the meat spoiling is going to be quite the challenge, straight up impossible for those of us who hunt solo. Even getting a deer processed in time is going to be hard.

Hunting in this weather is stupid and wrong; the risk of wasting meat is too high. We're out there to feed our families. I for one don't need the worry that I'm feeding my family rotten meat and it's been getting worse every year. The rifle hunters don't have to deal with that worry, bow hunters shouldn't either.

The summers are getting hotter and lasting longer, it's a simple fact. The only constant is change. The time come for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to change the hunting seasons to match the change in weather.

Jeff Gent

Brownsville (Sept. 1)

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