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Last Chance to Save Hunting!!

Posted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:09 am
by Caudawg
You Have One Last Chance - This is Bad News for Hunters. We need to stand firm on this with our fellow outdoorsmen and stop this legislation!

We just recently received the following news from the California Outdoor Heritage Alliance (COHA).

SB 1221, legislation authored by Senator Ted Lieu (D/28-Torrance) that would outlaw the use of dogs for hunting bears and bobcats in California, passed off of the Senate Floor on the evening of August 27th on a 22 to 13 vote. The bill will now go to the Governor's desk for his consideration. The Governor has until September 30th to sign or veto the bill.

In addition to authorizing the use of dogs for scientific research and depredation purposes, recent amendments - opposed by COHA, California Houndsmen for Conservation, the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance, California Beekeepers Association, California Farm Bureau Federation, and others - include authorizing the Fish and Game Commission to establish a "Hound Tag Program" which would require that each dog used to pursue any mammal have a license tag bearing a unique identifying number and be microchipped.
Further, the amendments allow DFG to charge a fee to cover the cost of the program. That means deer hunters, pig hunters, rabbit hunters, raccoon hunters - any hunter that uses a dog to pursue a mammal - is now impacted and taxed by this bill. By establishing an unprecedented "use tax" for this method of take, SB 1221 goes far beyond the original intent of the bill and penalizes tens of thousands of hunters who don't even hunt bears and bobcats. This amendment was included in an effort to offset the $400,000 annual loss of revenue to the Department of Fish and Game estimated by the Department of Finance.

It should also be noted, in addition to dozens of organizations and thousands of individuals, 29 California Counties strongly oppose SB 1221.

Contact Governor Brown immediately and ask him to VETO SB 1221 or you can start saying goodbye to hunting in California.

Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-2841
Fax: (916) 558-3160

Re: Last Chance to Save Hunting!!

Posted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 11:43 am
by CN
I have many memories of hunting with my Dad and our Hound's. We mostly hunted Bobcat but would go a few times a year for Bear up around fish camp in the Sierra's. Being a baby boomer weve went from having only 2 channel's on TV to special interest group's basicly telling us what we can do and what we can't do.

Good luck with Brown. This is the idiot that want's the train that starts nowhere and end's nowhere. But then again it's politic's as usual. All Demorcrat's vote for one side while the Republican's vote the other way so were screwed.