Public deer hunts have been conducted at the Savannah River Site continuously since 1965. In all that time, the only time the hunts have been cancelled was subsequent to the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Even then, the hunts were only curtailed and not completely cancelled. Is the Fiscal Year 2013-2014 shutdown really the equal of the 9/11 terror attacks?

The reason given for cancelling the hunts was the federal government shutdown. I can fully understand contractors not wanting to work without pay. Now that we have a continuing resolution in place that will pay the contractors through January, there is no reason to cancel these hunts.

Why punish sportsmen and veterans like this? Public deer hunting at the Savannah River Site and especially the wounded warrior and mobility impaired hunts held there, are very popular events held every year. Why can cancel the hunts now that funding to pay the contractors is once again available?

Jim Fender