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Banning firearms hunting in national forests is a slap in the face

May 28, 2011
By Kenneth Cobb , The Inter-Mountain

If certain people in the Obama administration have their way, firearms hunting in many of the nation's national forests could be banned in the next 10 to 15 years. This past September, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Forest Service needs to consider regulations that it ban hunting with guns on lands designated as "semi-primitive."

The court found that the noise associated with gun hunting could affect the quality of recreation experienced with backpackers, bikers and cross-country skiers.

This ruling is simply a slap in the face to all hunters as to whether birdwatchers can be able to enjoy the national forest lands "without ducking for the occasional gunshot."

Now, before I go any further, I need to say this Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling only affects the Huron and Manistee National Forests located in lower Michigan. However, if these national forests have to ban firearms hunting, there will be others that will be forced to follow suit, including the ones in West Virginia.

In addition to this, the court ruled that the Forest Service will be required to consider closing areas to gun hunting in locations where there is other public non-forest land nearby that is open to gun hunting. This formal review could end up requiring the National Forest Service to close lands currently open for gun hunting when other federal and state hunting lands are open.

Rob Sexton, United States Sportsmen's Alliance (USSA) vice president for government affairs, says, "This court ruling is a major threat to hunting on these lands and across the country."

Sexton also followed up by saying, "Anti-hunters will likely use this ruling to try and force the Forest Service to ban gun hunting on other forest lands."

There are other personalities who are eager to become part of this anti-hunting movement. Noted screenwriter Aaron Sorkin ("A Few Good Men," "West Wing," and "The Social Network"), who has publicly admitted to being a former crack addict, often has trouble getting his facts straight. However, when one works in Hollywood, it simply does not matter. When he was publicly bashing former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and taking aim at all hunters, he twice mistakes a caribou for a moose.

Another person becoming a part of the anti-hunting movement is former president Bill Clinton.

The former commander-in-chief was named the 2010 Person of the Year by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The former McDonald's muncher is no longer eating the tasty animals from what used to be his favorite fast-food restaurant. He now tells PETA that he lives on "beans, legumes, vegetables, and fruit."

The members of this anti-hunting movement are very narrow-minded. They give very little, if any, consideration to the fact that hunters are the real conservationists throughout the nation.

Take a look at the conservation organizations nationwide such as: Ducks Unlimited, Grouse Unlimited, Trout Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation and the Izaak Walton League of America, to name a few.

For the past several years, these groups have been raising hundreds of thousands of dollars and contributing them toward habitat development, education and conservation. It looks like they have been doing their work so well and so quietly that many people just do not seem to notice it.

The members of these groups are the nation's real conservationists. This is why conservationist sportsmen and sportswomen react so strongly to the radical ideas of today's instant ecologists.



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