NO SMALL MATTER
There is no mention in the feature about rabbit hunting [“A Vanishing Legacy,” Dec./ Jan. 2017] or the subsequently published letters [Letters, The Life, Feb./March and April 2017] about public-land opportunities for small game. Those are evaporating faster than on private land—not from deer management, but from less land management since the 1990s. Hunters aren’t pushing politicians to manage state and federal lands for wildlife. Management was lost in many places due to protests about timber cutting. Since then, small game has declined or disappeared in certain instances, like in the case of Indiana’s ruffed grouse. Things will get worse under Trump, with his lack of interest in the outdoors, reduction of spending on agriculture, and ignorance of climate change. It’s time for outdoor lovers to unite politically and manage for small birds and animals.