Michigan - Dove Referendum


August 29, 2006, 03:08 PM
If the election was today, we'd lose, so please help spread the word about how important this can be to sport shooting in Michigan and across the US:

"We are going to use the ballot box and the democratic process to stop all hunting in the United States ... We will take it species by species until all hunting is stopped in California. Then we will take it state by state.”Wayne Pacelle, President, Humane Society of the US (HSUS), October 1, 1990.

I don’t hunt doves, so why should I care?

If you hunt or fish at all, you should care. HSUS and similar groups have no intention of stopping at dove hunting. Any win they get will only empower them to raise more funds and become even more daring in eliminating your right to hunt, fish or trap. They’ve done it in other states, they’ll do it here.

I only shoot clays or targets, not animals, so this doesn’t affect me.

It does affect you. Studies show that if someone does not become involved in shooting sports prior to age 18, they likely never will. One of the most common ways people become involved in shooting sports is hunting with their families. Those who want to ban hunting will ultimately have an effect on your right to enjoy your sport as well.

I don’t hunt at all. Should I still be concerned?

Absolutely! If you eat meat or eggs, enjoy fishing, use boats, raise horses, visit the zoo or even have a cherished family pet, this issue will eventually affect you. These animal rights extremists are not interested in caring for stray animals, they want to eliminate pets altogether, even if it means their extinction, and they have a stated goal of abolishing all animal agriculture. Even guide dogs are not exempt from their radical beliefs.

Doesn’t the Humane Society care for animals in local shelters?

No! The Humane Society of the United States does not operate a single shelter! They are often confused with the American Humane Association which raises funds for animal welfare. The Humane Society of the United States has a political agenda, not an interest in caring for abandoned pets.

Then what do they do with the money they solicit?

They have over $99,000,000 in assets but do not operate or fund a single shelter and instead use their revenues to work towards banning hunting and other examples of what they call animal exploitation.

What are the benefits to Michigan of a dove hunt?

Dove hunters in Michigan are required to purchase a $2 dove stamp. Half the funds from this stamp are specifically dedicated to non-game habitat programs. While accurate hunting numbers for Michigan are not available due to only one limited season, by comparison, Texas generates revenues of $200 million per year from dove hunting. This money is currently being spent in Michigan’s adjoining states where dove hunting has been tradition for years.

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August 29, 2006, 05:19 PM
Good luck with your efforts, Barbara. We got dove hunting passed here in WI, but the debate was very emotional.

People see doves as: a) cute; and b) a symbol of peace. Those people are feeling, not thinking.

As I'm sure you know, you're not going to convert those people, so I hope you can rally all shooters.

Thin Black Line
August 29, 2006, 05:29 PM
People see doves as: a) cute; and b) a symbol of peace.

"Peace Sells....But who's buying?" --Megadeth.


August 29, 2006, 05:35 PM
Dove season opens this week in some Southern states :D

August 29, 2006, 05:48 PM

Doves may be pretty, but birdcrap isn't.

Now what I don't get is why we protect crows and seagulls around here.

August 29, 2006, 11:09 PM
We have a crow season in Arkansas. Will see alot hanging on fence poles. Some believe this keeps crows away. I knew an older lady who shot 2 coyotes and hung them on her fence for the same reason. She gutted them first. We can also hunt coyotes or get a degredation permit which is easy and shoot them all year long.

August 29, 2006, 11:23 PM

My Support has been sent.
I will continue to send my best to you folks and hope this works out so you and yours can enjoy this activity.
I also hope this activity gains support for all the reasons you shared in Original Post.

Folks, I am not in Michigan. We are supposed to stand together on matters such as this as Barbara shared - It may YOUR locale needing assistance next time.


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