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On Killing: A Letter from Editor David Draper

As an editor, I understand more than most that words matter.

On Killing: A Letter from Editor David Draper

It takes killing to be a hunter. (Petersen's Hunting photo)

As an editor, I understand more than most that words matter. So I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised when reader Karl Hansen recently took me to task for the use of the word “harvest,” which he spotted in another reader’s letter published in the Dec.–Jan. issue.

He writes, “…one ‘harvests’ potatoes, okra, corn, and other vegetation. If you’re hunting game and want to wind up cooking it, you first KILL [emphasis his] it. If you can’t use the expression that you either KILLED or SHOT an animal or other game perhaps a bit of introspection is in order?

As the son of a farmer, and lifelong hunter, I completely...

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