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Friday, October 12, 2012

If ‘Hunting is Conservation,’ What is Anti-hunting?

Hunters are America’s true conservationists. Hunters spend countless hours on prairies, alongside wetlands, in the hills, scaling ridges, and high in the mountains. Hunters care about habitat—meadows, grassland, vegetation, foothills, forests, high alpine basins, canyons, drainages, rivers, streams, lakes and ponds. Hunters care about breeding grounds, summer and winter ranges, migration zones and forage.

But conservation goes way beyond the personal connection hunters feel to air, water, earth and wildlife. Hunters are the boots-on-the-ground driving force that generates funding for continuing successful conservation and wildlife management efforts. The Pittman-Robertson Act, a tax that hunters imposed on themselves, raised more than $8 billion for wildlife conservation since its inception in 1937. Revenue from state licenses and fees adds up to about $796 million a year which goes exclusively to state fish and game departments for conservation purposes. Hunters are the fuel behind the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and its 6.7 million-plus acres of habitat conservation. More than 95 percent of our 220,000 members are passionate hunters. (Click here for more reasons why Hunting is Conservation.)

So if hunting is conservation, what is anti-hunting? PETA put out this call for action for its followers:
“Help counter the cruelty of hunting in your area: Post "No Hunting" signs on your land and that of sympathetic neighbors and friends, join or form a local anti-hunting group, protest organized hunts, and spread deer repellent or human hair (from barber shops) near hunting areas. Also, before supporting any wildlife or conservation group, make sure that it opposes hunting.”

PETA is a politically-motivated organization that raises funds to further its radical agenda. It does not put any money on the ground for conservation efforts. But PETA’s actions and flagrant accusations go way beyond that. PETA actually blamed hunting for causing school shootings.  PETA’s recent call to action seeking the harassment of hunters is illegal in all 50 states and on federal land. Aside from being reckless, it is potentially dangerous. Hunters, if you’re confronted, take the high road. The law is on your side

So what is anti-hunting? It’s easy to connect the dots. And remember, Hunting Is Conservation.


    If PETA's call for action is carried out and you witness any actions such as "spread deer repellent or human hair (from barber shops) near hunting areas", this may be considered violations of your state hunter harassment laws. If you can take pictures of these people in action, call your game warden and report them.
    Check to see that State or Federal land in your area is not "accidentally" posted. If you suspect that you have found "accidentally" posted land call your game warden, they will be able to tell you if it is posted legally. This has happened numerous time in my area.
    People screaming, yelling and making noise to purposely spook the game that you are after may be in violation of state hunter harassment laws.
    People talking to you while hunting, trying to dissuade from hunting may be in violation of your state hunter harassment laws.
    Don't get mad, stay calm, take pictures if you can and CALL THE LAW. You have the right to hunt!

  2. Taking the bait from animal rights groups divides everybody away from the single most important task - habitat conservation. Anybody who loves animals - hunters, animal rights, it doesn't matter, should be involved in habitat conservation.

    A group like PETA is typically more words than action. Really, how many hunters will every be directly affected by what they do? Why not invite them to join in on a habitat conservation project? Always looking for the fight wastes scarce resources and diverts precious time. Meanwhile, the industrialization of habitat marches forward.