Bucked Up

Killing's the key: Thank you for thoroughly researching your topic and writing this extremely informative article ["Shooting Bambi's Mom," by Robb Walsh, November 6]. These great animals are part of our heritage as North Americans, and their capacity to prosper alongside humans and our destructive ways shows how inextricably our two species are intertwined.

There are problems with our hunting laws that will be remedied as long as you and others like you are elevating public awareness of the facts involved. As has been pointed out, the uninformed among us will "protect them to death" unless we can check the whitetail's exponential population growth through popularizing deer hunting. It is truly the right thing to do!

Wallace Nichols

Car-ramming deer: My compliments to Robb Walsh for an insightful article on deer overpopulation. We have lived in the Hill Country for three years and have been hit by deer twice. That's right, they hit us. They ran into the side of our car twice.

It is not uncommon to see 12 to 15 deer in my yard each morning. No, I don't feed them, but one of my neighbors does. I am going to share the statistical part of the article with our local paper. I will withhold the recipes because the deer huggers would probably torch our house. It's getting ugly out here.

Sandy King
Lago Vista

Eco-saving: Great job on Robb Walsh's "Shooting Bambi's Mom." I was very surprised to find an article in your publication to be pro-hunting. The article correctly articulated why hunting is so important to the ecosystem.

In the last two years I, as a deer hunter, have been greeted and welcomed with glee by the residents in the areas I hunted in. The native white-tailed deer, as pointed out in Walsh's article, have become the "pest of the West." Keep up the good work!

R.W. Rees
South Houston

Wary of disease: This vegetarian finds hunters' diets to be far more humane than those of most Americans, who support the industrial, systematic enslavement and torture of animals. However, if deer overpopulation is contributing to CWD (mad deer), it is hardly reasonable to advocate eating more of them to reduce the numbers. This disease is very difficult to test for accurately because it has a 30-year incubation period, and the U.S. deer population has already proved to be infected (see maddeer.org, and organicconsumers.org/madcow/TEXAS31402.CFM).

Along with the many other diseases that our food industry is creating with unwise practices such as cannibalization and preventive use of antibiotics, CWD poses a serious threat of epidemic that requires a more informed response than your article advocates.

Nick Cooper

Hunting is humane: The article "Shooting Bambi's Mom" by Robb Walsh was superb. It is refreshing to see articles backed up by facts.

Contrary to the beliefs of many, hunters and other sportsmen are the great conservationists of the world. This is evidenced by the robust return of the once-diminishing population of redfish. This 20th-century success story is due solely to the efforts of the Coastal Conservation Association sportsmen's group.

Deer hunting is a rite of passage in Texas. It is a journey that includes many valuable lessons for both adult and child. The hunting of deer is the only humane process of managing this particular animal population. To not hunt is to allow these creatures to starve to death.

Culling of the overpopulated herds allows for many thousands of pounds of healthy venison to be donated annually to Texans who otherwise would not be able to afford the meat.

Chris Criner

High Art

Tokes and tubas: Your article on salvia was pretty good ["Stoner Science," by Margaret Downing, November 6], though you could have clarified more that they were smoking the wrong kind -- they needed Salvia divinorum, a water pipe and a torch lighter (at least you had the lighter!). You can get all of that at your local head shop. Think eight-hour acid trip condensed into 15 minutes.

Also, I'm disappointed you didn't mention That 1 Guy playing with Drums and Tuba last month ["Tuba Pooh-Bahs," by Rob Patterson, October 30]. T1G is much more deserving of press! The man's a genius, playing galvanized steel pipe and making the most wonderful music. We'll let you know if he comes back to Houston, so you can do a proper review of a wonderful musician.

Lerin Legeaux

Salvia research: While I agree somewhat with the person in Alvin regarding Margaret Downing's story on salvia, I'm not sure that I would want to "run out and try it" [Letters, "Trying Salvia," November 6]. I think that you do your readers a disservice when you don't provide the information that may answer more of their questions.

More information concerning Salvia divinorum is available by contacting the National Drug Intelligence Center at 814-532-4601 or www.usdoj.gov/ndic. The public may also contact my office for a "Fast Fact" or informational bulletin, which is distributed by the NDIC.

Eddie deRoulet, program manager
Region 6 Prevention Resource Center
The Council on Alcohol and Drugs

Up in smoke: I'm sure you've heard this a million times before, but here are a few key facts to use Salvia divinorum as it is intended.

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