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California's hunters, fisherman shafted

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  1. wireguy

    wireguy TS Member

    Jan 29, 1998

    From THE OUTDOOR WIRE, Tuesday Oct 9 2012

    California Announces "A Change in Focus"
    Editor's Note: Last week, the California Department of Fish and Game was quietly transformed into the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. While it seems innocuous enough on the surface, those close to the department says it reflects a shift from former wildlife management techniques, including hunting. Today, Bill Karr, editor of Western Outdoor News for Northern California shares WON's take on the change-and a call to action by hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts.

    DFG Name: A 'Change In Focus'

    News announcements heard by WON last week about Gov. Jerry Brown signing into law the name change of the California Department of Fish and Game to the Department of Fish and Wildlife said that the change signifies "A change in the traditional focus of the Department of Fish and Game."

    That's bad, bad news for all outdoor users, and especially those who are "consumptive users" of the fish and wildlife in California: namely fishermen, hunters, off-road enthusiasts, mushroom gatherers and almost anyone who enjoys the outdoors.

    The signing of SB 1221 banning the use of dogs for hunting bear and bobcat, and also authorizing a "Hound Dog Program" which would require the special licensing, micro-chipping and payment of a fee for use of "any dog" to hunt "any mammal" -- including raccoons, deer and wild pigs -- spells a major success story for anti-hunting groups here this past session.

    Historically, the DFG has been focused on proper wildlife management through hunting, and providing fishing opportunity by raising and planting of trout and other fish in our waterways. Changing the "traditional focus" of the operation of the DFG can only mean one thing: fewer hunting and fishing opportunities in California--evidenced by the success of the Humane Society of United States in buying off our elected representatives with $1,000 checks to vote for SB 1221.

    It was not many years ago that the general voting public understood the benefits of hunting and fishing. They realized that hunters are the only ones who truly support wildlife management for all species through paying self-imposed taxes, fees, licenses, and tags, managing their own lands for habitat and their support of hunting-related wildlife conservation organizations. Now, it seems, we need to begin the education of the public all over again.

    The only way to do that, is to begin a huge "re-education" program, based on statewide ads, commercials, newspaper op-eds, and timely contradictions to erroneous and deceitful comments and statements by anti-hunting groups. This will cost big money, and it will need to come from all of California sportsmen's groups, and national manufacturers and organizations who believe in consumptive use of the outdoors.

    The ones who should head this up? There is only one group that can do it - the group that represents most of them now: California Outdoor Heritage Alliance (COHA) and the California Outdoor Heritage Alliance Foundation. To find out how you can help, contact them at www.outdoorheritage.org or call (916) 228-4279.

    --Bill Karr

    Western Outdoor News
    California Guns & Hunting
  2. Model Number 12

    Model Number 12 TS Member

    Dec 21, 2008
    If you live in bear country in California expect an increase in bear problems in the near future as bear numbers increase and they become more numerous. Bears will soon become looked upon as pests and will be shot and left where they fall as people become frustrated by the property destruction.

    This is what is now happening in Massachusetts where the animal-rights industry had the same type of law passed.
  3. shot410ga

    shot410ga Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    I am so happy I retired and moved out of California in 2002. When are you going?
  4. kgp912kgp

    kgp912kgp Active Member

    Aug 29, 2011
    When I retire... Like my Father and my Uncle.
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