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Defend Hunting in Wildlife Refuges!

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by Rich's Mom, Jul 2, 2009.

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  1. Rich's Mom

    Rich's Mom TS Member

    Jan 29, 1998

    Fight to Defend Hunting in Wildlife Refuges

    The battle to defend hunting rights on National Wildlife Refuge (NWR)
    System lands continues. The U.S. Sportsmen?s Alliance Foundation is
    filing a response to anti-hunters in an ongoing lawsuit that seeks to
    block hunting in over fifty areas of federal land within the NWR.

    This long running case began in 2003 when the Fund for Animals, which
    later merged with the Humane Society of the United States, filed a
    lawsuit to stop hunting on certain refuges. The suit called for an end
    to hunting on 39 National Wildlife Refuges that had been opened since
    the 1997 passage of the U.S. Sportsmen?s Alliance (USSA) backed National
    Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act.

    The anti?s claimed that U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) action to
    allow hunting on NWR land violated the National Environmental Policy Act
    and should require an Environmental Impact Statement.

    Over the years, the case has taken multiple turns and the anti?s have
    amended the lawsuit to include additional refuges where hunting would be
    prohibited. The new legal briefs are just the latest in a long line that
    has been filed as the anti?s have prolonged the case.

    The U.S. Sportsmen?s Legal Defense Fund (SLDF), the legal arm of the
    U.S. Sportsmen?s Alliance Foundation, has worked since the beginning of
    this case to defend the rights of hunters and has collaborated with
    other groups including Safari Club International (SCI). Together, the
    SLDF and SCI are co-counsels and also represent Ducks Unlimited, Izzak
    Walton League, Delta Waterfowl Foundation, and California Waterfowl

    Throughout the NWR System, excellent opportunities exist for sportsmen
    to pursue waterfowl, big game and much more. Hunting is a popular
    public activity on refuge land and a practical means of maintaining
    optimal wildlife populations. This has led the FWS to manage land to
    produce and maintain wildlife populations that will support the sport.

    The National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 empowered
    the FWS to open refuges to hunting when compatible with the purposes for
    which the refuges were established. In 1997, National Wildlife Refuge
    System Improvement Act went a step further. It ensures that the NWR
    System is managed for wildlife conservation and that hunting and fishing
    are priority public uses on refuge units.
  2. shot410ga

    shot410ga Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Why should anyone hunt on a Wildlife Refuge? What kind of dummy doesen't understand the name and meaning of the words "Wildlife Refuge"?
  3. timberfaller

    timberfaller Well-Known Member

    Feb 24, 2007
    Eastern Washington
    It all depends on weather that refuge was made to keep people OUT! Remember, the government sets these refuges up with little respect to the public let alone Hunters.

    There is a need for refuges but where and why need to be asked.
  4. no5shooter

    no5shooter Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    And every now and then "the herd needs to be thinned." What kind of a dummy doesn't understand game management?
  5. ivanhoe

    ivanhoe Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Oxford MA

    "Why should anyone hunt on a Wildlife Refuge? What kind of dummy doesen't understand the name and meaning of the words "Wildlife Refuge"?"

    I have to agree with this line of though as the definition of the word Refuge is as follows

    1 : shelter or protection from danger or distress

    2 : a place that provides shelter or protection

    3 : something to which one has recourse in difficulty

    I sure as he!! don't understand why this point is arguable especially whit a statement like this.

    "What kind of a dummy doesn't understand game management?"

    I would think that the answer to that question would be obvious even to the dummy that asked it.

    Game management is a necessary thing but not by open season on "Wildlife Refuge" areas usually in refuge areas when one species is in danger of over population. A special hunt (usually a permit system) is put out by the manage of that area and when the required number of animals is harvested the hunt is over.

    Bob Lawless
  6. timberfaller

    timberfaller Well-Known Member

    Feb 24, 2007
    Eastern Washington
    The game management we have here in WA is shoot more Doe's that will increase the Herd!

    Show me a cattlemen who kill his hefers to increase his herd!

    We have also a 3 point minimum to increase the Trophy size animals, quess whats happening? The spikes and 2 points are doing most of the breeding!

    So much for "management" of game!
  7. 700X-user

    700X-user Member

    Feb 13, 2007
    NW PA
    In my part of PA, "wildlife refuge" leaves a bad taste in most peoples mouth!

    The NWS moved in to rural areas and stole peoples homes and property. Yes! I did say "STOLE" You received a letter in the mail telling you how much they were going to pay you for your home and acreage. If you didn't accept this amount they condemned the property. They then took it from you through the court system.

    So much for the old happy homestead where your forefathers are buried. There are several dirt roads in my area that have only 1 privately owned home on them. These houses are surrounded by hundreds of acres of "wildlife refuge land". Why did the NWS not buy all of the houses you ask? This way the local township has to maintain the roads. Pretty smart thinking on the Govt's part isn't it?

    I know I sound bitter but I have good reason to be. This wildlife refuge land is no different than any other land around here. The only difference is the white metal signs bordering the property. Most all of the land has been open for hunting for years. To hunt on the land you have to register at the local NWS office. All shotgun hunters have to use steel shot, even for small game.

    Our tax dollars at work, taking other peoples property. I have neighbors less than 1/2 mile down my dirt road that received certified letters several years ago stating that their property has been scheduled for acquisition. The NWS is only waiting for the proper amount of funding before moving on with this project.

    How would you like to receive a letter like that in the mail?

  8. ke4yyd

    ke4yyd Member

    Jul 15, 2006
    Much of the wildlife refuge land was purchased with Pittman-Robertson Act funds.

    From the very beginning hunting has been allowed on refuges. These refuges were to protect destruction of habitat, not a no hunting area.
  9. timberfaller

    timberfaller Well-Known Member

    Feb 24, 2007
    Eastern Washington

    Our WA state is in a downfall like most other states, They are now planning to spend millions of $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ to aquire land for wildlife and habitat protection.

    They are not using PR money, that I know of, they use tax payers money, remove land from county tax roles and soluite Private RICH people to fund their take.

    Wildlife and habitat are the ruse!!

    Government is not the answer to the problems, they ARE the problem!

    If any of you sportsmen come to this state look me up, I'll take and show you the biggest fleecing of the people and sportsmen, called a refuse! You can hunt there except in the "safe" zones!

    The places that I have hunted here in that have "refuges" nearby, are "No Hunting Allowed"

    The concepte of refuges is great, but where government sets them up lacks common sense!
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