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Hunting: A Privilege or a Right?

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Highland Ranger, Jun 3, 2004.

  1. Highland Ranger

    Highland Ranger Well-Known Member

    (NJ) Hunting: A Privilege or a Right?

    I am in the process of getting my NJ hunting license. Aside from the rigorousness of the course work and testing impressing me, the 2 hour video course begins with a discussion of hunting being a privilege not a right.

    Somehow that strikes me as wrong. Seems to be that if you need to hunt to eat, and there are those in rural parts of NJ who depend on harvested deer for meat, then it is a right.

    Also, although I still need to take the field test, let me tell you, those who are less intelligent or illiterate will not be passing this test. They certainly don’t make it easy . . . .

    So is it a privilege or a right?

    (Very anti 2a course btw: their gun safety section: "never load a firearm in your house")
    Last edited: Jun 3, 2004
  2. La Pistoletta

    La Pistoletta Well-Known Member

    It's neither a privilege nor a right. People can take the stance of prohibiting you from doing it, but really it has no validity.
  3. Art Eatman

    Art Eatman Administrator Staff Member

    I'd say it's a right which properly is subject to controls. The purpose of most of the controls has to do with the health of game animal species for the long term known as "perpetuity".

    The second set of controls is that of knowledge and safety, for the mutual protection of hunters and that part of society which might be within range of projectiles of whatever sort.

    But where is it written that one's only source of food MUST be a grocery store? Have I no right to be a "natural-food freak"? :D

    Am I wrong in believing that the power of the state and of public opinion has turned more than one right into a privilege?

    Regardless of my view, I certainly wouldn't consider it to be a Good Thing if every physically/mentally competent person in the U.S. of A. decided to go deer hunting on Opening Day.

    :), Art
  4. mercedesrules

    mercedesrules Well-Known Member

    Hunting on your own land is a right. Hunting on the land of others is a privilege. I consider hunting on so-called government land as a right since I don't consider it to be rightfully owned (it was purchased with stolen money).
  5. XLMiguel

    XLMiguel Well-Known Member

    I used to eat a lot of 'natural' foods, but then I found out about all the people dying of 'natural' causes . . .:neener:
  6. 41mag

    41mag Well-Known Member

    This is a little off topic but I'm curious,Highland Ranger,exactly what hoops you need to jump through to get a hunting liscence in NJ?
    Care to share?
  7. whoami

    whoami Well-Known Member

    Neither. Like everything else involving guns in NJ, hunting is completely illegal unless explicitly authorized by the government according to their specific and subject regulations and exceptions.
  8. Highland Ranger

    Highland Ranger Well-Known Member

    I'm not done yet but you need your firearms ID to get a long arm and ammo. So although that isn't officially part of the process, it essentially is. That can take months in NJ, depending on your location.

    I am in a rural, conservative part of the state, probably one of the better places, and it took 2 months even though the law says it should take no more than 30 days.

    As far as the hunting permit itself, the NJ Dept of Fish and Game has a free home study course. Its a combination of video, booklet and home study workbook.

    You watch the video and fill in the workbook (17 pages, a few hundred questions). That took roughly three hours. The tape or DVD is almost two hours long but you need to pause to fill in the answers on the workbook.

    You then read the study guide (88 pages, 8 1/2 by 11 size, maybe 10 point font but with some pictures) and fill in the remainder of the workbook.

    You take the filled in workbook to a field instruction location where they administer the practicals and I think you need to take a written exam as well.

    I'll let you know how that goes, I am going for it this weekend.

    I think the field piece takes 3 or four hours.

    This is just for a shotgun license. You need to get that first, then you can apply for a rifle/muzzleloader or Bow license afterward. Similar procedures.

    If we have a bear hunt again, that is a separate license that requires I believe an additional 8 hour class.

    My impressions at this point are that this is much more rigorous and time consuming than I expected and I guess it explains why the number of hunters is declining. I just don't see every average Joe being able to make the grade.

    I'm finding it interesting, I just need to get someone to take me out the first time this fall. I know some older guys who hunted but who don't do it anymore - too crowded and dangerous.

    I may just use this license to get a PA one and then try to go there . . . .

    Here is the NJ Fish and Game page that describes the program and gives you some sample tests and such: http://njfishandwildlife.com/hunted.htm
  9. whoami

    whoami Well-Known Member

    That's pretty much exactly why I have little interest in hunting. Regardless of what any stuffed shirt official says, the state for YEARS has been making it more and more difficult for non-hunters to get into the sport. Couple that with the few hunters I knew having a rank level of disdain for my ownership of 'one a them evil assault guns' (AR-15), and it's just not something I feel is worth my time, effort, or money.

    I also find it kinda funny that some of the local towns near me would rather drop thousands upon thousands of dollars on 'sharpshooters' from out of state (Conn. from what I last heard) to help cull the deer population, instead of letting NJ citizens hunt them....
  10. 7.62FullMetalJacket

    7.62FullMetalJacket Well-Known Member

    Incrementalism. Same playbook, different subject. Make it ever more difficult in order to discourage an activity. Once that march is complete, then make the holders of "hunting irons" justify their need for "sniper rifles."

    I am beginning to believe that NJ is now holding the official People's Republic title.
  11. Vibe

    Vibe Well-Known Member

    Firearms ownership is a right.
    Helping the Game and Fish keep the game numbers in check is a SERVICE...they should PAY us for helping them. :D :D :D :neener:
  12. scotjute

    scotjute Well-Known Member

    On your own property it should be a right. On someone else's property, it is a privilege.

    On Government (or public) land, consider the following :

    Its not constitutionally listed in bill of rights, hence it should be up to each state to decide.

    In England, it was generally considered a privilege, since the "deer" were considered to be property of the king. Believe here in US that the wildlife are considered to be under the regulation of the state government, which defines what can be taken and how, etc. The national government only regulates those species which migrate across state lines, such as migratory birds.

    Believe the question would hinge on who owns the animals in question, if the government, then hunting is a privilege, such as in old England. At the same time, the government should be liable for any harm caused by "their" animals.

    If the animals are considered to be owned by the public at large, then hunting is a right that is regulated by the public thru its regulating "arm", the government. In that case, the government would not be liable for damage caused by animals. This explanation would seem to better fit situation here in US.
    Therefore, hunting on Government land is a right regulated by the Gov. for the public, as the Gov. is the regulating arm of the public.
  13. WT

    WT Well-Known Member

    I believe hunting on your own land is a right. Hunting on the land of others is a privilege. Hunting on public property where others (such as hikers) may be present is also a privilege.
  14. Highland Ranger

    Highland Ranger Well-Known Member

    See I have trouble with that. I know what this stems from, my land, you can't tell me what to do with it (even though government increasingly does anyway.)

    BUT . . . . . then - if you can afford the land then you have the right but if not, then you don't.

    So then rights are for sale? You can buy rights?

    Not sure what bothers me about that but its wrong.
  15. 7.62FullMetalJacket

    7.62FullMetalJacket Well-Known Member

    Just try hunting out of season on your land and you will see about your rights.
  16. Combat-wombat

    Combat-wombat Well-Known Member

    I believe it is a privelege. Yes, to some extent, it is good to even out the population of animals. I have a great love for the envirnoment and nature though. It's one of the few things that I support lots of government regulation on. If hunting is unregulated, many species will face extinction, like what happened with the buffalo in the 1800s.
  17. MeekandMild

    MeekandMild Well-Known Member

    Hunting has always been a right of man in Nature. The medieval royalist viewpoint was that it was a privilage given by the crown. Some of us seem to be stuck in the sixteenth century.
  18. mercedesrules

    mercedesrules Well-Known Member

    You bought the right to live there, didn't you?

    Don't confuse contractual rights with inalienable ones.

    People that can afford a Cadillac can drive one; people that can't, can't. No violation of rights.

    We sometimes say we have the right to pursue happiness - not to have it.

  19. goalie

    goalie Well-Known Member

    In Minnesota it is now a right. We passed a state constitutional amendment.

  20. Stebalo

    Stebalo Well-Known Member

    You are in New Jersey so obviously it is a priveledge.

    In New Jersey, you are not a citizen with rights.

    You are a subject that may grovel for priveledges if you are good.

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