Thursday, March 17, 2011

T-Minus 4 Days and Counting for California Bear Hunters
As a bear hunter in California I have had to deal with plenty of people giving me grief for hunting 'their bears.' Yes, people have literally told me to leave their bears alone. As a California tax payer, a hunter and a conservationist I have just as much right to legally kill a black bear for some excellent table fare as you do. 

The HSUS would have you believe that our bear population is in decline. On the contrary, our bear population is consistently growing. With that said, the CA DFG is looking for input on increasing our bear take from 1,700 bears to 2,000 bears we can take in a given year.

Holly Heyser, fellow hunter and writer of the NorCal Cazadora blog, posted an entry last night that really lit a fire under my arse. Here's an excerpt, but I insist you go over and read it in its entirety. She did a great job of gathering all of the data needed to make a solid argument in favor of raising the limit to 2,000 bears.

This is directly from Holly's blog:
Why does this matter? Because we are in the last few days of a public comment period when people can weigh in on the proposal. These comments from the public will be taken under consideration by our Fish and Game Commission when it decides the matter.

If you're a California hunter, or if you don't hunt, but support lawful hunting in California, please take a few minutes to email DFG in support of this proposal - we don't want HSUS supporters to be the only ones emailing about this.

And after you've sent that email, please share this post with your friends and ask them to do the same. The deadline is 5 p.m. Monday March 21.

I am writing my letter to the DFG immediately after I post this. Please share this with as many people as you can. We need to get the word out. As a hunter, and more specifically, an archer, I would love the extended opportunity to be able to put some bear meat in my freezer. Wouldn't you?

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