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The Right to Hunt
by Erik Burney

After enjoying nearly four centuries of acceptance, and even celebration as a significant component of our way of life, over the last forty years hunting has become yet another fault line along a growing rural-urban divide. Hunting is no longer viewed as intrinsic to our collective identity as Americans. While there are many socio-economic reasons behind the shift in the public's perception of hunting and hunters, the fact remains that hunting, as a topic, is a ready source of fractious debate in contemporary American culture. One aspect of the larger debate is the notion of hunting as a right, which begs the question: Do we have