Introduced a short while back by freaky-left liberals after they failed to evict California’s game commissioner over grotesque accusations of hunting a mountain lion—legally, mind you—the bill aims to completely outlaw the use of hounds for hunting black bears and bobcats in California. The bill recently passed the senate by a 22-15 vote.
The fact that this legislation has any traction at all blows my mind. That said, honesty compels me to disclose that there was a time when I was skeptical—though never against—hunting bears with hounds. And then, like any free-thinking American should do when formulating any opinion about anything at all, I got first-hand experience in the subject and went on a bear hunt behind a pack of hounds in the fine state of Maine. What happened? I garnered a tremendous respect for the pursuit, the dogs and the men and women who make their living behind these hounds. Watch the video below, then please proceed to read the rest of this blog post. (Note: Bear baiting is not legal in California.)
I can understand the whitetail-hunting aficionado who might cringe slightly at the thought of chasing bears, bobcats, mountain lions or whatever with dogs because I was once there, too. And, like me, I can about guarantee these reservations stem from a lack of understanding and experience. Sad thing is, if this bill creeps it way up to law status, your options for one day giving it a shot quickly become limited.
You might ask me, “Luke, so what if this thing passes?” And I’d ask you right back, “What’s next?” You don’t have an answer to that—and neither do I—but make no mistake this bill is built upon a foundation funded and solidified by anti-hunting organizations, and I promise you they won’t be satisfied for long if this bill becomes law. It will be one more feather in their cap, and then they will continue plucking.
I also realize that, if you’re not a California resident, you don’t have the jurisdiction to call these senators and give them your thoughts. But luckily for us all, the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance (USSA) is still going for the jugular on this beast, and gathering behind them will make them—the good guys—that much stronger. Whether you know it or not, they have been fighting for you since before you realized hunting was in your blood.
Not quite familiar with what they do? Let me put it like this:
When there is a legislative attack against our Second Amendment rights, the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) steps up to the plate. And when there’s a legislative attack on our hunting rights, the USSA comes out with fists flying—every time.
Frankly, I’m getting frustrated talking about all the hunter-killing legislation that’s been going on recently—it’s making me way too crabby and causing my hair fall out prematurely. I’m simply asking you to step up and support your hunting heritage—your rights—in whatever ways you can.
Keep your nose to the wind.