By: Zach C
October 14, 2016
I could smell the freshly cut grass. I could hear the birds chirping, but no ducks yet. It was the start of duck season and my friends, and I had taken our yearly three hour car ride out to where we go hunting to see if we could get some ducks. This year, duck season was gonna be different. Some of the trees where we usually had our stands in; were taken down, some of the blinds we had set up were gone, even most of the ducks were already dead, but we decided to come out anyway. We asked the DNR why the trees were taken down, and why our blinds and ducks were gone and they said because of us, but not our guns. Our cars were killing off some of the trees because of the fumes they release, pollution was killing the ducks because we were littering, and where we had our blinds was in an area where hunting was prohibited.
October 14, 2016
We had to take their blinds away, they were in a place where they shouldn’t be. That wasn’t the only wrong thing that the hunters were doing though. With their big nasty trucks and their guns, they were killing off our animals, and the environment. The trees in the woods were starting to die, and so was the grass. Whenever the hunters come out here they bring a lot of snacks and drinks and they just leave them in the woods and don’t clean them up. Even though they tried not to, some hunters were littering. We don’t want to have to send the hunters away or make the whole woods a no hunting zone, but if we have to we will.
October 20, 2017
It has been about a year since our last trip and it seems that the whole forest is dying. The pollution and the CO2 from us has been killing the whole woods for the last year and we didn’t even know about it. Jimmy told us something happened last time, but he never told us exactly what happened. I was talking to some news reporter and she said that hunting caused 23% of extinctions, I never knew that. I thought that when we renewed our license that the money went to helping the environment, but that might just be in some places because it doesn’t look like this forrest got any help. I was hoping this year that we were gonna get some ducks, but they are being protected right now.
September 16, 2017
Since the trees are dead, we started cutting them down. We don’t want the trees to affect the grass because the grass is starting to die off to. We warned most of the hunters that came here that if they didn’t stop littering and driving around here all the time that they wouldn’t have a spot to hunt. We banned them from hunting here since last duck season because that is when most hunters show up, and we didn’t want to go through the mess of cleaning the forest up again. We’ll start by getting all of the ducks out of the forest so they don’t get hurt, then we’ll start to cut down the trees.
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