Your Dec. 30 column closed with the statement — which in my view included the most significant thought you expressed in 2012 — “Let’s give thanks not just for success, but for the opportunities to have success.”
Your message may be read as looking to the past, but in a subtle way you are calling attention to the future. I’m struck with the need for the hunting community to seriously focus on the future.
Hunting success cannot happen without opportunity. Future opportunities to freely enjoy hunting without overbearing restrictions are in danger.
For those who can look back on many hunting seasons, personal health and hunting location with relatively easy physical access are necessary for opportunity. For those with much of their hunting careers in the future, and their kids and grandkids, the opportunities are far from certain. There are many ominous signs.
In a recent issue of Turkey Call magazine it was stated that 6,000 acres of upland game habitat are disappearing each day. Urban sprawl and development are special concerns in the East where large population areas are eating up rural land. Investment interests are taking large blocks of land for various reasons.
Government budgetary concerns will reduce or eliminate programs which support habitat protection, hunter access and other programs which support hunting and shooting recreation.
In states across the country, laws which restrict or make it more difficult to hunt are being proposed and sometimes enacted.
Some laws are subtle, but when examined, the intent to make it more difficult to hunt becomes apparent.
In the column cited above, you report the appointment of a member of a well funded anti-hunting organization to the Maryland Wildlife Advisory Group. Right now we are witnessing the beginning of what will be the strongest anti-gun effort in most of our lifetimes.
Those who want to heavily restrict or eliminate private gun ownership are joined by those who want to eliminate hunting.
When laws and regulations prohibiting or making it more difficult to own firearms and hunt are put into place there is no going back. Here I’ve mentioned but a few examples of real threats to our hunting heritage.
I believe every hunter should belong to at least one organization which supports hunting and habitat protection, provides information on hunting and gun issues and represents the hunting tradition.
There are a number of good organizations whose cost of membership will not break a hunter’s bank.
Really, this is an investment we cannot afford to avoid.
Reading your remarks calls to attention how blessed I am for the opportunity to hunt.
To freely take my gun at any time within legal seasons and drive to a hunting location of my choice without fear of interference by overbearing restrictions is a freedom not available in many countries.
We must work to ensure this freedom is not eroded here in the U.S.
Canaan now has sporting clay range
sporting clays, five-stand
clay target field is set to
open in West Virginia at
Canaan Valley Resort
State Park during Memorial
Fishing rodeo set
Annual Fishing Rodeo for
the physically impaired
will take place June 8
from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at
the Cumberland Outdoor
Club property on state
Route 51 just south of Oldtown.
- MARYLAND BIRDS
Broadwater wins at Redding
Team Easton’s Jesse Broadwater, an
Allegany County resident, made history recently by becoming
the first archer to shoot 139 out of 140 — dropping only
one point — and smashing the previous record of five points
down, according to an article on The Archery Wire.
‘Somebody flipped the switch’
The number of bears to die
on Maryland roadways this
year has risen to nine since
April 11, according to the
unofficial count maintained
by the Cumberland Times-
W.V. apprentice hunting license circumvents safety
This is the first of a two-part series about the
West Virginia apprentice hunting license and
hunter recruitment. See the Outdoors page of
May 26 for the second part.
They’ve started, you know. The gobbler seasons.
Well, actually, one has, that being Maryland, and two will, one in West Virginia tomorrow and then another in Pennsylvania soon after that.
What Maryland’s new firearms laws will mean to you
The following information that deals with the impacts of the Firearms Safety Act of 2013 (Senate Bill 281), that will become law in October, was sent to the Times-News by State Delegate Wendell Beitzel.
Nugent alive, not jailed
Fans of Ted Nugent, who calls himself Uncle Ted as well as the Motor City Madman, are likely rejoicing.
Junior Hunter Field Day set
A Junior Hunter Field Day will take place May 11, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., for ages 8-16, at the Midland Sportsman’s Club.
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