1. Your Hunting Rights Are Not Absolute.
Your right to hunt, fish, and trap can be taken away easier than you realize.
In fact, they are generally treated as “privileges” in the eyes of the law (not much different from driving.) Legislators and government officials have the ability to easily amend, restrict, or prohibit hunting, fishing, and trapping.
Threats to your rights pop up across the country constantly. They come from legislators, government agencies, and at the ballot box and can come from all levels of government – the local, state, and national levels.
2. Sportsmen Must Take Action.
You only have the right to hunt because someone else took action before you. But to keep those rights, you must be willing to speak up for what you believe in. If not, anti-hunting groups will gladly help fill the void!
Often, it doesn’t take more than just a few minutes of your time to make a difference and help protect your hunting rights. If you’re like me, you’ll spend more time laying out your hunting gear the night before your next hunt then you will making a call to an elected official and asking a few friends and family to do the same. That short phone call will help make sure you actually get to use that gear.
Yes, some cases will require more of your time than just a few phone calls. However, it would be a real shame if the next generation didn’t get to experience our hunting heritage and you could have done something about it.
Don’t know who to call when an issue comes up? Visit the USSA Legislative Action Center where you can find contact information for your elected officials. While you’re checking out the Legislative Action Center, look up your U.S. Senators’ numbers and give them a call asking them to support the Sportsmen’s Heritage Act of 2012.
Also, consider joining USSA. We work to keep you informed of threats to your hunting, fishing, and trapping rights and help you fight them.
3. Animal Rights Activists ARE a Real Threat.
I’m sure you’re sick of hearing about all of the groups out there working to take away your rights to hunt, fish, and trap.
I see these groups in action every day and there is a reason we continue to talk about them – they’re a real threat. It’s easy to dismiss these groups as radical/fanatical folks. Although this may be true, they’re spending tons of money working to mainstream their anti-hunting ideas to the general public.
Take California for example, the Humane Society of the United States is pushing a bill that would ban bear and bobcat hunting with hounds. They’re spending money to misdirect the general public (and legislators) that hound hunting is cruel and not an accepted hunting practice. You can be sure that if this bill passes it won’t be the end to HSUS’s assault on hunting, they’ll just try and ban another form of hunting.
Don’t just roll your eyes whenever you hear the latest crazy attack by the animal rights groups. Use it as a reminder as why you need to be active in protecting our great hunting and outdoors heritage.