USFWS: Hunters, Fishermen Provide $1.1 Billion for Conservation

NE girl 2WASHINGTON – On March 6, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it will distribute $1.1 billion in revenues generated by the hunting and fishing industry to state wildlife agencies throughout the nation. The funds support critical fish and wildlife conservation and recreation projects that benefit all Americans.

The Service apportions the $1.1 billion annually to all 50 states and U.S. territories through the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration programs. Revenues come from taxes generated by the sale of firearms, ammunition, archery and fishing equipment and electric boat motors, as well as from taxes on the purchase of motorboat fuel.

“These funds are the cornerstone of state-based efforts that are critical to the preservation of America’s wildlife and natural resources,” said Director Dan Ashe as the USFWS distributed the funds last year. “But they are also the fuel for a massive financial engine that benefits outdoor recreationists, hunters, boaters and anglers, equipment manufacturers and retailers, and local and regional economies. Their value cannot be overstated in providing opportunities for the next generation of Americans to get outdoors, experience our wild places and learn the importance of conserving our natural heritage.”

It is thanks to this $1.1 billion financial investment (we can never repeat that massive number enough) made by you, me and all of America’s sportsmen and women and the hunting, shooting, fishing and boating industries that state agencies can deliver science-based conservation on the ground in every corner of the nation.

Each year as I read about our $1.1 billion investment in America’s wildlife and conservation, I reach out to PETA and the other anti-hunters and ask:

This is what we do…what do you do?

Crickets… I have never gotten a response.

Thanking Rand Paul

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We all need to stand up and thank Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) for putting a hold on Dr. Vivek Murthy, President Obama’s pick for Surgeon General of the United States. A hold is a parliamentary procedure that allows a Senator to prevent a motion (Murthy’s nomination) from reaching a vote on the Senate floor.

As this article points out, Paul wrote in a letter to Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nevada): “Historically, the Surgeon General of the United States has been a position with the purpose of educating Americans so that they may lead healthier lives, rather than advancing a political agenda.”

Murthy’s agenda? Very anti-gun.

Wrote Sen. Paul: “The primary policy goals of Dr. Murthy’s organization (Doctors for America) have been focused on advancing stricter gun control laws… In his efforts to curtail Second Amendment rights, Dr. Murthy has continually referred to guns as a public health issue on par with heart disease and has diminished the role of mental health in gun violence. As a physician, I am deeply concerned that he has advocated that doctors use their position of trust to ask patients, including minors, details about gun ownership in the home. His organization has also advocated that physicians collect and report data on gun ownership to the Federal Government and increasing Federal funding for gun control research.”

“Dr. Murthy has disqualified himself from being Surgeon General because of his intent to use that position to launch an attack on Americans’ right to own a firearm under the guise of a public health and safety campaign,” Paul wrote. “Accordingly, I will object to any unanimous consent agreement or the waiver of any rule with respect to the nomination of Dr. Murthy.”

Thank you Sen. Paul for standing up for our 2A rights.

But alas, I understand that new filibuster rules will allow the Senate to take a confirmation vote on Murthy regardless of the Senator’s objection. This country sure has changed.

Colorado: Man Applies for BB Gun Permit, Is Targeted By Police

I am posting this press release pretty much in its entirety because 1) it is so ridiculous; and 2) it is so downright scary. What is going on in Colorado and our country?

Discharging a BB gun in the city limits of Grand Junction, Colorado is illegal. In order to try to rid his area of an invasive species, the Eurasian Dove, which Colorado allows to be hunted with no bag limit, James Shults requested a Discharge Permit to use a 30-year old Daisy BB gun to run the pest from his residence and from neighbors’ areas with their permission.

After inspection of Shults’ neighborhood by two police sergeants the Chief (whom Shults likes personally) refused the permit because the neighborhood is “densely populated.” Shults, a former national and multi-state rifle champion and holder of many state and national records has no problem with the Chief’s decision, though he says “… it was sort of funny, of course it is densely populated, it’s inside the city.”

However, Shults noted that the Chief also sent copies of his denial letter to the Deputy Chief of Police, Grand Junction’s police patrol commanders and the city’s new high-tech 911 Center. Shults checked with his many law enforcement friends and contacts around the country and they confirmed he had indeed been targeted and flagged by the police and 911 center.

Shults says: “All this action for requesting a legal permit to discharge a Daisy BB gun in the city seems a little twisted. Am I now a terrorist to be watched by the full command of the Grand Junction police to include a flag on my residence by the 911 Center? I must be a very dangerous man armed with my Daisy BB gun; obviously a weapon of mass destruction.”

Shults has contacted the Grand Junction City Council and requested they modify this policy so that law-abiding citizens are not targeted and flagged like this in the future.

Again, what is going on in America?

Best & Worst States for Gun Owners

Guns & Ammo has built a list of the best (and worst) places to be a gun shooter/hunter. They based their criteria on state firearms laws, concealed carry, etc.

As you might expect New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and California ranked dead last.

Best gun states were Arizona, Alaska, Utah, Kentucky and Vermont (a mild surprise to me).

My native Virginia ranked a disappointing 24, though I do not feel my rights as a gun owner have been squeezed in recent years, even though our state is becoming more liberal.

Click here to read the list and see where your state ranks.

PETA Drones to Watch Hunters?

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PETA claims it will soon have “some impressive new weapons at its disposal to combat those who gun down deer… The group is shopping for one or more drone aircraft with which to monitor those who are out in the woods with death on their minds.”

This might make you mad if it were not so laughable. What a ridiculously impractical idea! How could they possibly fly their “one or more” little drones around and monitor 12 million deer hunters as we hit the woods from coast to coast to shoot a buck this fall?

One of the “drones” PETA claims it is looking at is actually a small, remote-controlled copter that costs around $13,000, plus video camera. Plus, you need to know what you’re doing to fly one of these things. I’ve watched very experienced cameramen, some of the best in the world, fly similar copters with cameras as they filmed aerial scenes for my hunting shows. The copters are tricky to take off and land…don’t fly well in the wind…have limited flight time (5 to 10 minutes). I’ve watched 2 different guys crash 3 of the little birds without getting any decent footage.

Total propaganda, but I actually encourage the antis to put their money where their big mouth is and buy 100 drones. Have your little do-gooders fan out across America this November and try to watch us hunt. After all your drones crash and burn you won’t have any footage, and you’ll be out a cool $1.5 million. That sounds good to me.