September 22, 2018

Oklahoma AG Issues Consumer Alert For HSUS

“In a statement issued March 12, AG Scott Pruitt issued a warning to Oklahomans regarding solicitations and advertisements by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), an organization known well by hunting groups and animal farming interests. Pruitt said he was concerned HSUS gave Oklahomans the mistaken impression their donations are assisting Oklahoma animal shelters, when in fact the donations of Oklahomans may go toward unrelated efforts like lobbying in other states or at the federal level. 



Archery Wire readers may recall our feature appearing earlier this month, “Ballot Measure Threatens Black Bear Archery Hunting in Maine,” in which we detailed the effort to prohibit the hunting of bears using bait, hounds or traps through the voter initiative process. The primary organization bankrolling the issue is – you guessed it – HSUS.

It marks the second attempt to ban bear hunting in Maine – the most bear-rich state in the lower 48 – in the past ten years using the ballot box and an emotion-driven campaign. For its ultimately unsuccessful 2004 effort, Washington DC-based HSUS ponied up nearly a half-million dollars.

In Oklahoma, the Attorney General said he is specifically looking into concerns over fundraising advertisements in the wake of the devastating and deadly May 2013 tornadoes that struck the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore. Pruitt contends HSUS advertising and public relations gave Oklahomans the deceptive impression their donations would help pets and other animals displaced by the storm, as well as support local shelters impacted by the storm.

But that was not the case, Pruitt’s office discovered.”<<<Read More>>>

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In Connecticut, Black Bears are “Spreading Out”

“Last year, there were close to 3,500 sightings of black bears in the state[Connecticut] (many are the same bears seen multiple times). Most were spotted west of the Connecticut River, in towns such as Avon, Burlington and Farmington.

It’s still relatively rare to see a black bear in towns like Colchester or Mansfield, but that may not be true for long, according to Master Wildlife Conservationist Allen Petell, who gave a talk called “Black Bears in Connecticut” on March 22 at Colchester’s Cragin Memorial Library.

Black bears are spreading out in search of three basic resources – water, space and food – Petell told an audience of about 50 local residents.

The number of black bears in Connecticut is notable, Petell added, because the last one native to this state was killed in the 1850s.”<<<Read More>>>

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To Avoid Bear Attacks, Stay Out of Trees and Yell

You can’t make this stuff up!

“People who come across black bears should keep in mind that they aren’t aggressive, and will run if they hear a yell, according to Jeff Collins, director of ecological management at the Massachusetts Audubon Society. And while it is always good to keep in mind the old adage “never come between a mother and her cubs,” black bears hide their young in trees, a fact that should diffuse almost all potential confrontations.”<<<Read More>>>

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No Wolf Pimps On Gov. Otter’s Totalitarian Wolf Board

Idaho’s HB 470 passed forcing hunters and ranchers to pay for damages done by wolves by the totalitarian wolf worshipers. The only good side of this bill is that, according to Idaho Business Review, the governor does not have to place a wolf pimp on the board that will decide which wolves live and which ones die.

If anything, this is just desserts for a group of brats who have always demanded their way, never an ounce of reasonableness and always moving the goal posts in order to protect their wolves at all costs. Now, once reality has set in, and was ably predicted by many whom the government fascists and totalitarian organizations would not listen to, it’s time to pay the fiddler.

Kill them wolves and bring their numbers down to what was agreed upon in the original lie perpetrated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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RMEF Recognizes National Volunteer Week

MISSOULA, Mont.—Built upon a base of volunteerism and entering its 30th year of conservation work benefitting elk and elk country, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation recognizes and honors the upcoming National Volunteer Week by “Celebrating 30 Years of Volunteers” and saluting all those who serve the organization’s mission.

“Without dedicated volunteers who work hard and care, there would be no Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “We have more than 10,000 volunteers whose passion and dedication translates to hands-on projects they carry out in the field and fundraising dollars that pay for scores of on-the-ground conservation projects that ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage.”

In recognition of its volunteers, RMEF will give away seven trips for two to Elk Camp scheduled to take place December 4-7 at The Mirage in Las Vegas, Nevada. Each trip has a value of $1,050 and includes two full registrations to Elk Camp events and lodging, checking in on Wednesday, December 3 and checking out Sunday, December 7.

To qualify, entrants are required to be active RMEF volunteers and must register here from now through April 4th. One random drawing will take place every day April 6th through the 12th with daily winners announced via RMEF social media platforms Facebook, Instagram (@rmef_official) and Twitter. Winners will also be notified via email.

Elk Camp is RMEF’s national convention. It will take place in during the first four days of the National Finals Rodeo and also features the new Hunter Christmas Exposition, presented by Cabela’s. Additional events include the World Elk Calling Championships, world class auctions, top country music performances, Volunteer Fun Night and much more.

“RMEF volunteers are the life-blood and we appreciate all they do for the organization,” added Allen. “And we salute all volunteers in whatever capacity they selflessly serve in various endeavors and organizations across the country.”

Learn more about RMEF and its spirit of volunteerism here.

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$2.6 Million Anonymous Donors Fund HSUS

“According to the tax return of the Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF)—HSUS’s lobbying arm—a mere two anonymous donors provided 50% of the organization’s funds in 2012. Those two donors provided $2.6 million to fund HSLF’s rabid attack campaign during the election season. (Members of Congress have already written the IRS about HSUS’s potentially excessive lobbying, but HSLF is a separate group that is allowed to do more political activity.)”<<<Read More>>>

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USSA Announces Vice President of Development and Membership

Columbus, OH – The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance (USSA) is pleased to announce that Sean Curran, of Sunbury, Ohio has been appointed Vice President of Development and Membership. He joins the organization during a time of great opportunity as it seeks to create and advance robust development and membership programs geared toward defending our outdoor heritage.

Sean’s main responsibilities will be to oversee fundraising and membership initiatives as well as developing relationships with sportsmen and outdoor partners nation-wide.

“This is an unbelievable opportunity for me to help protect and promote my lifelong passion for the outdoors,” Curran said. “I’m blessed to join a highly talented team that is so dedicated to our outdoor heritage.”

Curran most recently worked for Guardian Industries Inc., bringing over 10 years of experience to USSA in cultivating and advancing long-term relationships, building solid customer bases, and establishing key partnerships and alliances. He has a strong background as a results-proven strategist and manager with success in developing new business opportunities. His experience and ability to inspire and capture the imagination of individual, foundation and corporate donors will be the key to his success at USSA.

“We are very excited to welcome Sean to the USSA team,” said Nick Pinizzotto, USSA president and CEO. “He brings an excellent sales and customer service record and is passionate about our outdoor heritage and protecting it for future generations. He will help us grow during this critical and exciting time in our organization’s history.”

(Pictured below: Sean Curran, USSA Vice President of Development and Membership)

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Deer Stuck in Fence Released

To read more and watch a video, click here.

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86% Of Deer Hunters Hunt for Meat

I’ve written some about this before, in dispelling the lie often bandied around by the schilling Media that hunting is about trophies. In a recent survey of hunters in Massachusetts, 86% of hunters responding in a survey said they pursued whitetail deer, “for the delicious meat afforded them.”<<<Read More>>>

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Wolf Canards and Other Agendas

A Letter to the Editor of the Wall Street Journal – by James Beers

The “Wolf’s Return is Big and, for Some, Bad” has one major prevarication and a humbug paradox intended to keep the wolf issue cloudy while advancing other agendas. The wolves introduced into The Lower 48 states by federal fiat are only good for Non-Government Organizations, urban readers and bureaucracies; while being “Bad” for rural economies and residents from children, ranchers, and the elderly to hunters, dog owners and campers.

First, it is a prevarication to say, “In 1995 and 1996 federal biologists at Congress’s direction shipped wolves (from Canada) to central Idaho and Yellowstone National Park”. The US House of Representatives had previously denied a federal Budget Request for funds to do that. Under President Clinton and without Congressional knowledge, the US Fish and Wildlife Service “diverted” (or stole or misappropriated) $45 to 60 Million from Excise Taxes; that could only be used by state agencies for state wildlife programs; to trap, transfer and release those wolves on an Indian Reservation and in an Exclusive federal enclave (YNP) where state permission was not necessary. When this was revealed in 1999 by a GAO Audit Report to the US House of Representatives’ Resource Committee under Chairman Young of Alaska, the wolves were long “out of the bag” and state agencies had become so dependent on federal funds and federal career opportunities that they quietly refrained from asking for Congress to replace the funds. Hardly the honorable “federal ecological experiment” described in your article.

Second, it is a humbug and a paradox to continue this myth that “the US in 2011 and 2012 stripped wolves in Idaho and several other states in the region of protection by the Endangered Species Act”. In the very next paragraph you note how Idaho must be careful “to avoid a potential relisting under the Endangered Species Act”. Thus the feds release and spread the wolves and tell the State residents to pick up the tab for all the destruction and losses and to keep X amount or the feds will step back in and take over. Today, the urban enthusiasts and NGO’s go into federal courts to stop controls, forbid methods, and seek land closures while the fiction of “state management” drains state coffers. Actual state jurisdiction would include the authority to exclude or even exterminate wolves in line with state resident’s desires: no such authority exists today. This is like telling rural Americans that they have a “right” to freedom of speech but only insofar as federal bureaucrats and urban speech police allow.

Just as we are witnessing federal erosion of 2nd Amendment (gun) rights and 5th Amendment private property rights: so too is this wolf fiasco a glimpse of what is happening to the 10th Amendment rights of “States” and “the people” to all those powers “not delegated to the United States by the Constitution”.

James Beers
22 March 2014

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Jim Beers is a retired US Fish & Wildlife Service Wildlife Biologist, Special Agent, Refuge Manager, Wetlands Biologist, and Congressional Fellow. He was stationed in North Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York City, and Washington DC. He also served as a US Navy Line Officer in the western Pacific and on Adak, Alaska in the Aleutian Islands. He has worked for the Utah Fish & Game, Minneapolis Police Department, and as a Security Supervisor in Washington, DC. He testified three times before Congress; twice regarding the theft by the US Fish & Wildlife Service of $45 to 60 Million from State fish and wildlife funds and once in opposition to expanding Federal Invasive Species authority. He resides in Eagan, Minnesota with his wife of many decades.

Jim Beers is available to speak or for consulting. You can receive future articles by sending a request with your e-mail address to: jimbeers7@comcast.net

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