Mainers are apparently very excited about going hunting for Easter Eggs this weekend! This Modern Philosopher has learned that City Halls and Town Offices throughout the state have been flooded with citizens looking to purchase Easter Egg Hunting licenses.
Easter Egg Hunting has always been a popular family activity in Maine, but this season, clerks cannot print out and laminate the licenses quickly enough to keep up with the demand. In some towns, the lines stretched down several blocks and required a police presence to keep order.
“It’s a combination of factors,” Sandy von Trapp, a spokeswoman for the Maine Hunting Commission, told me when I was finally able to get through to her office after trying for over an hour. “It’s been a cold winter, but it’s supposed to be warm the next few days. That will cause the Easter Eggs to come out of hibernation and migrate closer to the populated areas. Also, after the horrible St. Patrick’s Day we had, people are really looking forward to celebrating Easter. Finally, Mainers just love to hunt…give them any excuse to pick up a gun and put on some orange, and they are locked and loaded and ready to go!”
I spoke to Terri Pacifista, the President of the Eastern Maine Chapter of PEEP!, in downtown Bangor earlier. “The hunting of Easter Eggs is inhumane,” she yelled to be heard over her screaming, sign waving colleagues. “Sure, there are those who use the spoils of the hunt to make egg salad sandwiches or a nice hard boiled egg, but the ugly truth is that most Easter Eggs are hunted for their beautiful shells and the thrill of it.”
What do you think, Modern Philosophers? Do you think it’s wrong to hunt Easter Eggs? Have you ever felt guilty about doing so? Have you purchased your license yet, or are you planning to be all rebellious and hunt without one?
I can’t wait to put my new license to use this weekend!