Counterpoint: Conservation, courtesy of hunters? Yes.

  • Article by: Rick Scott
  • Updated: November 15, 2013 - 6:28 PM

Sales of gear and ammo are taxed, with proceeds used in support of wildlife.

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mmediaNov. 15, 13 7:30 PM

This piece is written with the same faux populism of a politician. Pity, the poor, poor hunter. Hunting is not a cheap sport. When I look at what I spend altogether on hunting, ammo is still a thin slice on the pie graph (usually about the same as my resident licenses). It may be more expensive, but from my experience, copper has the same killing power and accuracy as lead.

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supervon2Nov. 15, 13 9:42 PM

In the same vein we should triple the charges for hikers and campers since they occupy the same land as the animals try to live on.

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jarlmnNov. 15, 13 9:54 PM

Fact #1 - these unscientific shibboleths about lead ammunition, are nothing but cynical back-door ways in which the anti-gun crowd seeks to harass gun owners by driving-up ammunition prices and reducing ammunition stocks. A few more cents are not going to inconvenience a person who is solely a hunter and fires maybe 20 rounds a year. But for target shooters who push more bullets down-range in a weekend than the average soldier or cop fires in a year, ammo could get prohibitively expensive. Fact #2 - even without counting license fees, big-meany hunters and other sportsmen *voluntarily* donate more money for ecosystem and wildlife preservation than the gun-phobe and tree-hugger crowd. Amazing, huh?

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falcon1681Nov. 16, 13 8:53 AM

supervon2 - In the same vein we should triple the charges for hikers and campers since they occupy the same land as the animals try to live on. -------------- Hikers and campers aren't out to kill every animal they come across.

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OldGINov. 16, 13 9:28 AM

falcon1681 - Neither are hunters

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ruphinaNov. 16, 1310:20 AM

falcon1681- no, hikers, bikers and campers just want everyone else to pay for $1 million dollar a mile bike paths and campgrounds with electricity, water and showers. Birdwatchers enjoy the heck out of the land set aside by hunter's license money and excise taxes, again for free. Without the habitat provide for the few and abundant species we do shoot, all the rest of the animals, from insects and mice to tweetie birds and eagles, get a place to live. And we don't want to shoot "everything we see", we are interested in populations of millions of game animals so we shoot SOME of them, and again next year, and every year after that. How a bout a $31 dollar a year bike fee (same as a deer license) and an excise tax on tents, cameras and walking sticks to pay for the trails, and a trail fee for using a maintained trail, oh and maybe a season to prevent harassing wildlife during the breeding season. Basically, you anti-hunters can stuff it. Bill G.

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ericmillsNov. 16, 1312:07 PM

Kudos to the California state legislature for doing the obvious. Here's hoping that other states will soon follow suit. Sportsmen should be leading the effort, if they're the true conservationists they claim to be. We need a nationwide ban on the use of lead in fishing tackle, too. Untold numbers of waterfowl annually sicken and die after ingesting lost lead fishing weights ("sinkers"), birds such as swans, cormorants, loons, diving ducks and others. (See GOOGLE.) And see this informative website regarding the dangers of lead in the environment: www.huntingwithnonlead.org

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wardnjuneNov. 16, 13 1:25 PM

Lead is poison, period. To say that's an "unscientific" statement is just ignorant. Anyone who doesn't think lead is poisoning the environment need only take one trip over to the Raptor Center at the UofM, where they take in dozens of eagles, hawks, falcons and owls (among others) suffering from lead poisoning. True conservationists - and I consider many hunters as such - do not poison the environment.

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SpringerguyNov. 16, 13 1:33 PM

So called "environmentalists" are often nothing more than the anti-gun and anti-hunting lobby trying to use any avenue to limit hunting and gun ownership. Besides the money donated through Pitman act, a large portion of the public lands open today are through the hard work and donations of organizations like Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, Delta Waterfowl, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation - I could go on and on listing the true conservation organizations. The liberal lefties spend all of their time and money lobbying politicians and contributing minimal funding to true conservation.

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johneramone4Nov. 16, 13 3:25 PM

Hikers and campers aren't out to kill every animal they come across.... Silly comment. Obviously this poster knows nothing at all about hunters. On a related note, do you ever notice that it tends to be hikers and campers who get lost in the woods or end up stranded on a rocky ledge and require extremely expensive rescue operations. On the other hand, hikers and campers rarely shoot each other while mistaking each other for animals.

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