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By Mike Handley

Endeering Readers

Imagine if you were reading your local newspaper and, all of a sudden, you choked on your venison sausage biscuit. How bad would that suck?

That actually happened in suburban Atlanta last week, sort of, when readers of the Covington News happened upon a column by sports editor Josh Briggs equating deer hunters to Neanderthals. The newspaper’s general manager, T. Pat Cavanaugh, even admitted in a follow-up that Briggs’ piece caused him to spill his coffee and almost choke on a sausage-less muffin.

Briggs might have generated less hate mail if he’d slandered God, the Atlanta Braves, mothers or grits. Not surprisingly, the story of the former Californian’s screed against hunting went viral, although he was careful to distance himself from the PETA crazies and to mention that he’s the proud owner of an AR-15.

The column begins, “Imagine if you were sitting in your car in the drive thru at McDonald’s and all of a sudden, you get shot in the neck (by a deer with a rifle)? How bad would that suck?”

Briggs was trying to paint an image of the hunted turned hunter, which kind of fell flat. The gist was his belief that anyone who hunts in this era, anyone who calls it a sport, must be perverse. And to prove his point, he recommends we all watch “The Deer Hunter.”

“Morally, hunting deer for sport is no different than hunting people. It would be more interesting if deer could shoot back,” he wrote.

The sports editor is certainly entitled to his opinion, even if it isn’t shared by the newspaper management or the bulk of his readers. But he’s apparently not very adept at remembering he now lives in a state where hunting is not only a constitutional right, but it’s also close to being a religion.

Moral: Knowing your audience is so easy, even a caveman can do it.

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Mike Snyder
# Mike Snyder
Tuesday, November 02, 2010 9:48 AM
This guy should just stay indoors and eat veggie burgers. I'm from Florida and hunt in Johnson Co. GA. I would be honored to take his share venison. If this guy has children, I hope someone some day will expose them to hunting in this great outdoors we have be given.
# Brad
Tuesday, November 02, 2010 12:35 PM
If you think this article is getting some attention then you need to see the number of posts an article is still recieving from the Baltimore Sun. Over 114,000 posts to date. The article was titled - "Stop Maryland's season of cruelty: fall bow hunting"

Here is the link -
# Gus
Tuesday, November 02, 2010 12:42 PM
Maybe he should move back to California with his boyfriend.
AR Hunter
# AR Hunter
Tuesday, November 02, 2010 2:02 PM
"The Deer Hunter" what a great movie!!! This guy must have grown up in closet!!! IF we didn't hunt we wouldn't here today!!! Humans are natural predetors wether you want to admit it or not....we hunt to eat and to feed the hungry!!! He's a tool! and not welcome in the great State of Arkansas!!
Tuesday, November 02, 2010 2:32 PM
Let's do a little experiment on human behavior. The experiment goes like this.
One man Josh Briggs, one rifle, one bullet, one friend; any friend he wants to take. Drop Josh Briggs and friend in the middle of the wilderness where it would take days or weeks to walk out. When Josh gets hungry will he shoot a deer, elk, or his friend? I would bet Josh would become a hunter very quick....on the other hand, maybe he wouldn't.
They say ignorance is bliss, I say it's just plain ignorant.
# Barry
Tuesday, November 02, 2010 4:13 PM
If this publication wants to print garbabe like this...perhaps...the hunter that purchase this rag would have their mony better spent on say a publication like "Buckmasters".
Paul Mendolia
# Paul Mendolia
Tuesday, November 02, 2010 4:40 PM
I once made the mistake of staying at a lodge which was entertaining guests from the Autobon society. Unfortunately we were fed family style so I had to eat with them. When someone asked my what I was doing up here and I told them I was bow hunting for deer they nealry fell on the floor. And up from the proverbial peanut gallery came the question."How would you like to be be shot by an arrow"? I don't even remember how I answered but I have had folks around me like that all my life. I am sure I never finished my dinner as all they had was cow food. Thank God for BuckMasters.
Todd Smith
Tuesday, November 02, 2010 5:20 PM
Wow, if these type of people would understand that if it was not for the deer hunters that the whitetail in the midwest would not be here. I remember 35 years ago here in Iowa you had to draw for a tag and if you were lucky enough to get one and were lucky enough to be able to tag a nice buck,people from miles around would come to take a look and congratulate you. I feel very fortunate that I am able to pass on to my son that it is not the kill, it is the hunt !! Today is election day and I hope that all the hunters got out and voted for those who protect our rights to hunt !!!
Dan Hawthorn
Tuesday, November 02, 2010 7:54 PM
I would bet that this guys under ware doesn't have a fly in it. That said, does he not realize if it wasn't for deer hunters that the whitetail would be extinct today in most of the southern states. If he would read the Bible he would learn that man should not live by bread alone.

Ignorance can be corrected through education but stupidity is forever.
# jonnyo
Wednesday, November 03, 2010 1:13 AM
Everyone's entiltle to an opinion. But first they should get all the fact's such like how much revenue hunting generates (millions yearly), the jobs and facories that would be lost if hunting was not allowed. Don't forget the amount of food donated to "feed the hungry" and other places the rely on donated meat to feed the needed. So insteady of condoning hunters, he should be praising hunter for all the good work the do for the country, thier state city and those that need help.
Dale Bedea
# Dale Bedea
Wednesday, November 03, 2010 8:32 AM
Some people dont hunt for sport some of us hunt for food. Sure i can go to the local store and buy all the meat I want, If I want to feed my family meat with growth hormones and fed who knows what. I have seen some of the cows and pigs taken in for slaughter and I wouldnt eat them.
Marvin Wilson
Thursday, November 04, 2010 10:27 AM
I beleive the Covington news needs to find a (NEW) Sports Editor. At least one that has a little idea about hunting. (An AMERICAN TRADITION.)
Matt Martin
# Matt Martin
Friday, November 05, 2010 1:57 PM
This is the typical nonsense that comes from liberal elitists that are invading Atlanta.
Mike Shaw
# Mike Shaw
Sunday, November 07, 2010 5:16 PM
I thought the only idiots with very little common sense about the right and privlege to hunt were only up here in Canada. Damm i guess i was wrong.
Dennis A. McDade
# Dennis A. McDade
Monday, November 08, 2010 6:49 PM
This Idiot does not deserve the attension he's gettin.He needs to go on back to the Left Coast where he came from.

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