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Steel
December 4, 2003, 10:12 AM
December 3, 2003


New Jersey Forbids Young Sportsmen to Participate in Bear Hunt,

U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation Asks Judge to Overrule Decision

(Columbus) - Today, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) began informing the parents of 278 young hunters that their children will not be allowed to participate in the upcoming black bear hunt. All of the youth have bear hunting tags and have attended a half-day class to prepare for the hunt.

The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation’s Sportsmen’s Legal Defense Fund (SLDF) and a group of New Jersey parents and youth hunters will ask a New Jersey appellate court to stop the order.

The DEP told several parents that the prohibition was issued to prevent children from being confronted by animal rights protestors that have been threatening to disrupt the hunt.

“This action sends a terrible message to animal rights protestors,” said Rob Sexton, vice president for government affairs for the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation. “It tells them that if they protest, the state will fold and cancel hunting opportunities. This will only encourage more law breaking by anti-hunters.”

Sexton explained that New Jersey law prohibits the harassment of hunters.

Many parents of young sportsmen made expensive purchases for the hunt such as shotguns, two-man ladder stands and more. Such equipment costs hundreds of dollars.

The real issue, however, is the disappointment.

“My son has been looking forward to this hunt for weeks,” said Gerald McCusker of Phillipsburg. “We are deeply upset with this decision.”

The latest decision regarding the bear hunt follows the filing of four lawsuits by animal rights groups attempting to stop the hunt, which is scheduled for December 8 through 13.

The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation’s Sportsmen’s Legal Defense Fund (SLDF) is the nation’s only litigation force that exclusively represents sportsmen’s interests in the courts. It defends wildlife management and sportsmen’s rights in local, state and federal courts. The SLDF represents the interests of sportsmen and assists government lawyers who have little or no background in wildlife law.

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Preacherman
December 4, 2003, 10:15 AM
Well, I could post my opinion of the NJ DEP, and of the animal rights groups in question, but then I'd have to resign as a moderator and leave the forum... so let the smilies say it for me.

:fire: :cuss: :banghead: :barf: :mad: :scrutiny: :rolleyes:

foghornl
December 4, 2003, 10:34 AM
Nothing I can add here that would be within 100 miles of "The High Road".

Other than maybe those kids that are/were denied the hunt are getting a lesson in how liberals work...

ksnecktieman
December 4, 2003, 10:59 AM
I see no reason to stop this hunt to "protect the children", in this instance. I would think that any firearm capable of handling a bear should be able to handle a "two legged snake". Let "the children" continue with their hunt, and tell them the law is on their side. Tell "the children" that wild bears moving through the woods sound like people, and may even speak english as camoflage, and they should have their rifle ready if/when they hear something like that:).

Juvenile + accidental discharge + first time offense + crazy person in a bear hunting area during season = probation, or suspended sentence. It was just a lapse of judgement, the "child" was shooting at a bear behind the activist, maybe even trying to protect the nut

Is the next step to make a law to not allow children to cross the street because someone may be speeding and driving recklessly, and put them in danger?

YES, I know it is irresponsible, and we can not do it, but it felt good to say it:), It seems stupid to me to harrass someone holding a loaded rifle.

geekWithA.45
December 4, 2003, 11:25 AM
OK, for starters, they should have had a bear hunt years ago, the bear population up north is so out of control.

Next deal: to get a bear tag, you have to attend a class. Once you attend the class, your name goes on a waiting list for a tag. IF you get a tag, you're limited to a 12 guage shotgun, your choice of shell type. NO RIFLES. Why? NJ hunting law doesn't allow the use of rifles above 100 grain because the southern half of the state is FLAT. (Nevermind the fact that the northern half of the state, where the bears are, is mountainous as heck)


So.........you're pretty much restricted to the use of a firearm good only 80-100 yards, against what is arguably the most dangerous game to be found in the state.

Bears at 20 paces, anyone?


:banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:

Leatherneck
December 4, 2003, 01:44 PM
Poor, benighted New Jersey. :barf:

TC
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Mark Tyson
December 4, 2003, 01:50 PM
These animal rights protesters ought to be drafted to serve as game wardens at wildlife reservations.

(In Africa)

BAB
December 4, 2003, 02:00 PM
What Foghorn said. A great lesson for these youngsters on who the enemy is and how they operate. May they learn this lesson well and remember as they grow up and start becoming more politically aware and involved.

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