Story set unsafe example

Having been a trauma surgeon in Vietnam, I was dismayed to read the Explorer story describing  entering the woods during hunting season without wearing hunter orange [“Falling for the Jessup,” Annual Outings Guide]. All I saw in the photos were green and light-blue shirts. Yes, a red shirt, but it’s similar to the changing maple leaves.

Talking loudly is not a substitute for being safety conscious. The experience level and judgment of the bear hunters in the area was also an unknown. High-velocity missiles do massive damage, and if the victim survives, I doubt there are many like me in the area who have the experience to care for the unfortunate patient.

Readers tend to absorb published information by a respected author as the basis for their actions. Please be more careful in the future.

Gus Kappler, Amsterdam

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