Two polarized camps have emerged after recent headline news reports that a boy, who is just 11, shot and killed a rare albino buck. It’s a rare find and a real trophy kill for the hunting scene, but those who respect life see it as a travesty. Reports today have this child receiving death threats for killing the buck, according to The Travelers on Oct. 22.
A father and son hunting trip resulted in 11-year-old Gavin Dingman of Oceola Township, Michigan taking down this 12-point buck. He used a crossbow to do this, which is apparently not an easy feat. Killing this deer has set off the folks who are passionate about nature’s creatures and feel that the taking of this deer’s life needlessly is a travesty. While this is understandable, sending death threats to a child is yet another travesty.
Sending death threats to anyone defeats the purpose of fighting to keep all natures creatures from being killed. First of all the kid is only 11 and he was taught to hunt by his father, who is expected to be the responsible adult here. It is not as if the child went out to hurt and torture the animal, they are a hunting family, who apparently take their hunting seriously.
The killing of this buck has opened up a slew of controversy with some celebrating the kill as a trophy and others in an uproar that the rare and innocent creature met its demise. According to USA Today, the boy’s father, Mick Dingman, is overwhelmed with excitement as the hunting shows and hunting magazines are after the 11-year-old hunter for an interview over this kill.
This is considered a rare kill, which had the father and son bursting with pride to the point that they had no problem sharing their successful day of hunting with the media, which spread through the nation’s headlines and started the uproar. While out there in Howell, Michigan this hunting feat is something to celebrate, in other parts of the country the father and son team are looked at as if they just massacred Bambi.
Mick Dingman was proud to share the blow by blow description on how this deer’s demise came about, starting with an argument at the dinner table the night before. That is when Gavvin and his 13-year-old brother fought over whose turn it was to go hunting with Dad.
That argument ended with Gavin being the lucky one. His father tells how his son saw the albino deer and was “very nervous.” He then took aim with his crossbow. In other areas of the country parents would finish that story after seeing the albino deer much differently than Mr. Dingman did. Instead of a pep talk of “take a deep breath” and “are you sure you can take the shot” other parents would be taking a shot with a camera to keep the moment forever in a photo where they came across something beautiful in nature.
This is such a polarized subject today, with hunters feeling they have the right to shoot a deer and animal lovers everywhere very disturbed over such a beautiful creature of nature having to end its life for a sport. There is really no in-between stand on this today.