Selected Hunting News from Around the U.S.

IA –
Herman Lenz 
writes about the IA Hunter Harassment laws:
In the IA state Constitution, Art. Sec. 6 Laws Uniform. “The General Assembly shall not grant to any citizen, or class of citizens, privileges or immunities, which, upon the same terms shall not equally belong to all citizens.” In the hunter harassment laws, hunters were given privileges which were not given to bird watchers, or animal rights citizens, or farmers, or other citizens. This is an UN-Constitutional law.

Mr. Lenz, who is a farmer in IA, also points out that hunters violate the Bill of Rights every hunting season by shooting onto or on private land, endangering people, animals, and property.
MD –
Jennifer Grill, 
the spokesperson for Animal Advocates of Howard County received honorable mention in the March/April 2008 Petersen’s Bowhunting Magazine. One hunter wrote to the magazine that he needed some quick facts to counteract Grill’s arguments against bow hunting. A fellow bowhunter responded that the Missouri government website has 65 pages of facts to help bowhunting critics. We list it here so that you can see what is put out by the government to encourage culling.
Take a look at the FAQ section starting on page. 58
MO – 

On April 7, 2008, a bill that was just introduced in the MO House of Representatives will end up costing the sportsmen of the state and could set a negative precedent on who is responsible for any kind of damage caused by wildlife.

House Bill 2496 requires the MO Dept. of Conservation to pay to the owner of a motor vehicle the first $250 of any damage caused to a vehicle that collides with a deer.

The US Sportsmen’s Alliance urges “outdoorsmen to rally against the bill as wildlife is the responsibility of all the people of the state. They do not want the conservation fund depleted.

[C.A.S.H. just spoke to an assistant to Representative John Quinn (R-District 7) who was one of the sponsors of the bill. She said that it has not been put on the calendar, tomorrow (5/16) is the last day, therefore it is “dead.” A LOHV chapter is sorely needed.]
NC –
Charlotte, Jennifer Gordon of Carolina Waterfowl Rescue recently made the news when they went on a rescue of a goose with a nail through his neck. Jennifer said that birds are intentionally injured by humans who run over, shoot, burn, or poison them. It’s bad enough to have a nail in your neck, but should they survive that attack, there a chance of blood poisoning, so she wanted to get him to a vet. Carolina Waterfowl Rescue can be reached

Editor’s Note: Is it any wonder that people feel free to harm geese when wildlife management agencies are models of cruelty and indifference to individual wild animals. For example, the NYS DEC put out a news release titled: “DEC Invites Property Owners to Help Control Goose Populations”
NM – 
Published Letter to Editor in NM
Hunting Dogs – Canine Accomplices

A hunter’s letter states that bird hunters grieve “when their four-legged friend (hunting dog) dies – usually a natural death.” Obviously, a number are shot. But why make “man’s best friend” an accomplice in the first place? I merely enjoy the company of my dogs as friends. In 21st Century America, it is absurd that dogs are bred, trained, and used to participate in a barbaric activity to needlessly maim and kill defenseless wild animals for a human’s fun.

The Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting of New Paltz, NY ( can show examples of abused and abandoned hunting dogs when they’re no longer of “value.” The following quote from an article in the “Times Dispatch” of Richmond, VA is but one.

“Every January, a week or so after deer hunting season ends, beagles and tri-colored hounds show up at landfills scrounging for food. They rummage through backyard trash cans hoping to find a morsel. The evidence shows that most of these lost canines were once hunting dogs, abandoned by their owners because they no longer serve a purpose – too old, too slow, or unwilling to hunt. Although some hunting dogs are pampered as long as they earn their keep, others are not so lucky. In rural counties across the region, animal shelters are taking in dozens of these throw-away purebreds and mixed hounds.”

I doubt that there’s much difference in the mentality between Virginia and New Mexico hunters.

By Bob Young, Las Cruces, NM
NY –
Thank you to Nancy Furstinger for posting this.


The law bans the practice of anal and genital electrocution of fur-bearing animals. It’s a misdemeanor that is punishable by up to a year in jail.
A PETA spokesperson commented that “A lot of these methods aren’t effective and animals will wake up while they are being skinned.”

Animals are hidden in rural areas and are born and bred in unsheltered cages until they are brutally killed.
PA –
Posted to a list by David Kveragas who wrote: For years the PGC has sworn that they do not propagate deer. Yet here is evidence, in print, that they do. This should be the basis of a class action suit by residents in these areas who suffer vehicle collisions, crop damage and other deer related problems. It is the only way to crack, and eventually destroy the PGC as we know it.

An agency Spokesman said that the Game Commission’s vote last week to increase deer populations in parts of central and south-central Pennsylvania (Wildlife Management Units 4E and 5A), and to continue increasing the population trend in WMU 4B, was based on scientific measurements and the recommendations of a citizen advisory committee. 
VA –
Sent by Richard W. Firth:

CHARLES CITY — The county Board of Supervisors voted 2-1 last night to prohibit deer hunting with high-powered rifles, drawing anger and raised voices from some in the audience.

“We’re going to get you out next term,” said Bill Johnson, addressing the board members.
Who would like to start a LOHV chapter there?
WV –
Proposal to teach hunting in schools in West Virginia.

Our attention was called to this issue by Larry L. Miller of Brady Lake, Ohio.

In West Virginia the number of hunters dropped from 235,000 in 2001 to 200,000 in 2006 – a 15% drop in 5 years. This had the attendant effect of a 15% reduction in revenues from license sales.

To compensate for the loss of revenue Senator Billy Wayne Bailey proposed a bill, which passed the state legislature, to teach hunting in public schools. Senator Billy Bailey’s bill provides for hunting instruction to 7th, 8th and 9th graders. Children as young as 10 are eligible to buy hunting licenses in the West Virginia.


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New Paltz, NY 12561