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9/11/2012 5:00:00 PM
LETTER: Welcome dove hunters

Welcome guest hunters or just trespassers?

I would like to say thank you to the many hunters who come every year to our little community. If they come hunting for deer, quail, ducks, geese or dove, they come in droves. They rent motel rooms, they eat in our restaurants, they buy groceries, they buy ammunition, they buy gas, and are a benefit to all of our business community and that helps us all and creates jobs.

I would also offer my apologies for the rude behavior some hunters receive from local people who harass them and go as far as calling law enforcement officers, even though the hunters are not on their own property. These hunters are careful to stay as far away from the roadway and dwellings as the law calls for. Officers who were here were very polite and professional. They explained the laws and concluded that the hunters were complying and asked them to continue.

Our little ranch is small, and we can only accommodate three hunters, Jerry, Bob and Robby. Jerry lives in Redondo Beach and has come to Blythe every dove season for 32 years. He comes one week before opening day and observes the flight pattern of the birds. He spends his money and enjoys his vacation. Bob and Robby come annually from Colorado; a 2,000-mile round trip. They always go home and tell their friends what a great place Blythe is. There are 11 others in this group hunters.

Yes, there are always a few who trespass; they leave their garbage and are a nuisance but resort communities have to endure the bad apples with the good. A few sometimes ruin it all.

Thank you.

- Lee Lindsey, Peach Blossom Ranch

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