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Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Franklin County
Re: House bill 2034- entitlement for deer hunters?
Likely, less than 5% of PA residents want more deer in this state. What about the other 95% of us who don't?
We are regularly denigrated and called the "kill the deer crowd", "tree huggers", or "GC surrogates". Of course any derogatory name will do.
Once again, my sig line is key in this discussion. it truly fits in this instance given the documentable history in the very recent past of legislative involvement in wildlife issues.
Hunters lose. The numbers and influence are against us. Animal rights groups and the anti-gun groups combine resources to fight a common enemy - use.
Legislators follow the votes and the campaign financing.
I have yet to see a well funded hunting oriented advocacy group.
Sad really as many of those wishing to shut us down love watching wildlife that sportsmen's dollars support. That story is one that needs promoted far more than it is.
That and conservation - NOT Environmentalism is the key to health and sustainable wildlife populations.
Add the fact that you do not see now, or ever, the animal rights groups or the eco groups funding wildlife. Hunters and sportsmen do, in most places alone in the effort.
Is your position a short term gain - or a long term loss? Separate the issues.