August 5, 2020

The Idaho Sportsman's Caucus Advisory Council Needs To Come Out Of The Closet

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Yesterday I told you about “Camo Day” in Idaho. Camo Day was mostly promoted as an opportunity for Idaho sportsmen to show up in the capital city to remind politicians who has clout. The information found on the Idaho Sportsman’s Caucus Advisory Council website tells of its intent.

Join the thousands of members of the Idaho sporting public on January 16th at the State Capital in an effort to remind the Idaho Legislature that Idaho Sportsmen are the 2nd largest voting block in Idaho.

Please make a concerted effort to attend to show your support for Idaho’s Sportsmen! Please do not let this day go unnoticed, plan to attend!

Wear your Camo, your Hunter orange or fishing duds and bring your friends!

The information doesn’t tell two very important things that we all should know about. First, the website says nothing about the real objective of Camo Day and that’s to put an end to elk farming and hunting on elk ranches. The other thing is the site doesn’t list all of the sponsors of the event.

Sponsored by – the thousands of men and women in the 30 sporting organizations that make up the Idaho Sportsmen’s Caucus Advisory Counsel

While not untrue, I have to ask myself why the ISCAC didn’t publicize their other partner who is sponsoring the event? Hunters and sportsmen all across America need to be made aware of the fact that the Idaho Sportsman’s Caucus Advisory Council is now partners with the Humane Society of the United States. That’s right and it is sure hard to believe. The biggest enemies of hunters, trappers and fishermen are animal rights activists and the HSUS leads the way.

A quick trip over to the Idaho Humane Society website finds in the right sidebar a link to Camo Day but you wouldn’t know it. In bold black print it reads, “Help Stop Canned Hunts in Idaho!”. The text below it gives scant information of how readers are going to help stop canned hunts.

On January 16th, animal protection advocates will be meeting with their legislators and rallying alongside Idaho’s hunters and fishermen. If we work together, we can stop canned hunts in Idaho and protect animals from cruel hunting practices.

There is a link provided there “for more information”. Click on it (a pdf file) and you’ll find an advertisement about Camo Day published by the Humane Society of the United States.

Please Join Us for Camo Day to Help Stop Canned Hunts in Idaho

Please join The Humane Society of the United States for an important day in Idaho
to help animals.

This is the first indication that those looking to stop canned hunting in Idaho are going to be attending Camo Day. The announcement then goes on to explain who they will be teaming up with.

The Humane Society of the United States and the Idaho Sportsmen’s Caucus Advisory Council will be teaming up to stop canned hunts in Idaho. Animal protection advocates will be meeting with their legislators, lobbying and rallying alongside Idaho hunters and fisherman. Idaho sportsmen will be arriving dressed in camouflage; animal protection advocates can receive their free Camo Day HSUS T-shirts between 10 a.m. and noon at the Thomas Hammer Coffee Shop in Boise (see sidebar for address and map).

If we work together, we can stop canned hunts in Idaho and protect animals from cruel hunting practices.

It should also be noted for those who might think this is just an Idaho event, at the bottom of the announcement it gives contact information.

Please RSVP to Jake Oster at 202-955-3672 or by email to joster@hsus.org.

The 202 exchange is Washington, D.C., location of the headquarters of the HSUS.

So there you have it. The ISCAC has become partners with the Humane Society of the United States, an organization that has cost outdoor sportsmen millions of dollars over the years fighting their senseless lawsuits. An organization whose ultimate goal is to end hunting, trapping and fishing and just about any and all recreational activities that involve animals, has been invited to partner with a so-called sportsman’s group.

The big question I have is why didn’t ISCAC publicly advertise on their website that they had teamed up with HSUS? I also have to wonder if the membership of the 30 or 31 sportsmen groups really know what their representatives of ISCAC are doing?

I call on the sportsmen of Idaho who are members of each of the groups represented by ISCAC to rethink your position. Do you really believe that HSUS cares one iota about your interests as a hunter, trapper or fisherman? Do you want to be associated with a group that is willing to sell its soul to the devil to achieve a task that is anti-rights and one that is attempting to force someone else’s ethics on others? How low can one go, that they would sleep with the enemy?

*As a side note* – The National Wild Turkey Federation in Idaho is represented by the ISCAC. As a matter of fact the head of the Idaho chapter of the NWTF, Mark Bell, is president of ISCAC. I contacted the headquarters of NWTF seeking comment on this event. I also sent an email to the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, the overseers of Sportsman’s Caucuses nationwide, also seeking comment. I am awaiting that information.

Tom Remington

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