SAN DIEGO (CBS) — Feathers were flying in San Diego County on Friday after officials  made a wild turkey shoot open to sport hunters of all ages.

KNX 1070’s Tom Reopelle reports the invitation to bring kids with guns into a county park has some animal rights advocates riled up.

Starting next year, licensed youngsters under age 18 will be allowed to hunt wild turkeys at the 3,800-acre Santa Isabel Preserve outside Cleveland National Forest in Julian.

Six kids participated along with adults in the first county-authorized turkey hunt back in March, but the 2012 event will be limited ten underage hunters each day accompanied by an adult.

The Board of Supervisors approved the two-day hunt on Wednesday despite criticism from activists who claimed the event will deny non-hunting visitors access to the area and needlessly harm wildlife.

“It establishes a framework for excluding the public from their own parks and preserves and allowing the possession and use of lethal weapons and the killing of normally protected animals,” said one opponent.

Supporters, however, pointed to the rapid increase of the wild turkey population and stressed that the hunt will be supervised and safe for young hunters.

The San Diego chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation estimates there are more than 20,000 wild turkeys in the county, the Associated Press reported.

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Comments (6)
  1. Corinne Anderson says:

    So horrible, stop killing animals!!

    1. The voice of reason says:

      Unless you are a vegan…please shut the f@#k up! You self righteous hypocrites need to relax a bit.

  2. Alan Di says:

    What a great idea. Let’s teach children to overcome their innate rejection of killing other living things. This way, we can have a whole new generation of murderers.
    Hunters are simply covering up their personal inadequacies.

    1. the voice of reason says:

      Another mental midget…

      Alan, I take it you’ve never hunted in your life, but thank you so much for explaining the inner workings of other peoples minds. Your insights are truly illuminating (sigh).

  3. Tom says:

    I can already see future headlines… Child accidentally shoots and kills another child in “Turkey Shoot”.

    “The voice of reason”, it’s common knowledge that Killers/Serial Killers usually start with abusing or killing animals as kids.

  4. Lifetime Bowhunter says:

    Wow, now I know why I hesitated when offered a job out here. I grew up hunting deer and turkey in Georgia and turned out just fine. Are people here seriously niave enough to think that if I choose to spend some daddy/daughter bonding time in the outdoors with my little girl and happen to see the sense of accomplishment in her eyes when she brings home the family’s dinner, I’ve turned her into a serial killer? Maybe I’d rather her learn about participating in nature and the food chain we’re a part of it (even if vegans don’t want to admit it) than whatever “lessons” she might learn sitting in front of a TV or out doing whatever mindless nonsense kids with no direction do these days.

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