Last week the Boston Globe ran a story by Megan Woolhouse of the Globe staff headlined, "Open Season in Suburbia." It was all about "suburban hunting," where more and more hunters, at least in Mass., are starting to do their hunting closer and closer to home. The story claims that deer, wild turkeys and other wildlife that people like to hunt are now being found in the suburbs.
I can’t argue with that. Seems like I can go for a walk just about anywhere in the San Francisco Bay Area and within five minutes spot wild turkeys or deer nibbling or pecking away in someone’s front yard.
So what happens when there are no more open spaces left because we’ve covered them all with houses, parking lots and freeways?
Will the California Department of Fish and Game start handing out licenses to hunters so they can hunt deer in our flowerbeds?
Will they issue fishing licenses so fisherpersons can drive down the street trolling in the gutters in front of your house for salmon?
Will hunters be able to buy bird hunting licenses so they can go dove, pheasant, and wild turkey hunting in our backyards?
That’s a little scary.