September 23, 2020

Drinkin' and Huntin' and Druggin'

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Imagine some drone leaving camp around 2:00 in the afternoon headed for his late-day treestand and bringing along a six-pack of Bud Light! After a couple or six, he sees what he thinks is a deer coming into his area. He picks up his rifle or bow, you choose the weapon, and takes aim…………..

Disgusting thought isn’t it. But did you know some states have no laws against drinking and hunting or being under the infuence of drugs and hunting? Mississippi is trying to get a bill through Congress that would allow wildlife officials to test hunters for drugs and alcohol following a hunting incident.

Are you kidding me? What is wrong with a law that prohibits this action, period? Under the Mississippi bill, if a hunter is found to have a blood alcohol level of .08, the state’s legal limit, or higher it could be used against him in a court of law.

I guess if there is anything good in this law is the fact that at least they are attempting to do something. Essentially what this bill does is nothing, really. It depends on the circumstances. It would seem that if a hunter went out and drank a six-pack and shot someone, the fact that he was drunk might be used against him. If what?

The bill was passed in the House and passed in the Senate but with changes put in about public disclosure of hunting accidents. It now has to return to the House for approval of the changes but it appears it might get held up in discussion as some members want the bill to be stricter.

For God’s sake! It’s a no-brainer. It should be illegal to drink and shoot!

Tom Remington

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