The buck stopped with a Berlin man Wednesday when he was arrested after gutting a deer near a Wesleyan University parking lot, and the hunting community has a lot to say about his actions.
Lawrence Massey, 37, was arrested after local residents saw him use a hunting knife to field dress a deer, police said. Massey, who allegedly wanted to show his sons how it was done, conducted the procedure in the back lot of 594 Main St. Apartments around 3:30 p.m.
According to the police report, Massey told officers he found the carcass on the side of southbound Route 9 and brought it to the parking lot to show his sons the classic hunting technique, but witnesses called the behavior “shocking,” according to the report obtained by Patch.com. When the arresting officer arrived at the scene, he reported that he was “overcome by a very strong smell emanating from the carcass,” and charged Massey with disorderly conduct.
“I wouldn’t (field dress) in front of people, but I wouldn’t necessarily call it a crime,” said Greg Myerson of North Branford, a hunter and record-breaking fisherman. “Naturally, you’d rather do it in the woods. … For me, personally, I don’t have a problem with it, but there are a lot of people with weak stomachs who don’t hunt.”