MANNERS & MORALS: The Urge to Kill

MANNERS & MORALS

This is a good year for hunters. Quail, duck and pheasant are more plentiful than ever. In some states, seasons had to be lengthened to thin out the overflowing herds of elk and deer. Last week, from the bare-shouldered hills of Washington to the chilling marshes of South Carolina, at least 12 million licensed U.S. hunters were still blazing away.

¶ Near Danbury, Wis., 17-year-old John Bradshaw Jr. slipped into a bear den while he was looking for deer. In a quick, desperate battle, he killed three bears with his 30-30...

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