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Sunday
Jul272014

Ignorance Reigns in Animal Rights Movement

PETA and other animal rights organizations that want to stop us from fishing and hunting couldn’t exist if not for financial support provided by the useful idiots who know nothing about nature and are guided purely by emotional appeals.

How stupid are they? Earlier this month, some of these mental giants viciously attacked Steven Spielberg after Jay Branscomb posted a photo with this caption on his Facebook page:

“Disgraceful photo of recreational hunter happily posing next to a Triceratops he just slaughtered. Please share so the world can name and shame this despicable man.”

By the way, triceratops, along with all other dinosaurs, have been extinct for about 65 million years. And Branscomb was having a little fun in the wake of the outrage expressed by these same people after Kendall Jones posted photos of African big game that she had shot.

But the obvious obviously wasn’t so obvious for the true believers. Here are some of the comments:

 “Steven Spielberg has absolutely no respect for animals. Posing infront [sic] of this poor dead animal like that. Barbaric.”

 “if these animals are so rare they should be moved to a reservation where it’s illegal to kill them.”

 “He’s a disgusting inhumane [bleep] Id love to see these hunters be stopped…I think zoos are the best way to keep animals safe…[bleep]holes like this piece of [bleep] are going into these beautiful animals HOME and killing them… its no different than someone coming into your home and murdering you…” 

No doubt prompted by this farce, Dan’s Papers recently posted the following:

“East End animal rights activists are up in arms about a plan to cull the dinosaur population around Georgica Pond in East Hampton. The plan under consideration, which has received support and a pledge of private funding from a certain Georgica Pond film director, involves hiring snipers with machine guns to stalk and eliminate the population of triceratops in the Georgica Pond area.

“According to area residents, the dinosaurs, which were cloned and artificially produced from prehistoric DNA and inadvertently released in a well-publicized accident several years back, have been wreaking havoc in the neighborhood: disappearances of cats, dogs, birds and even several homeowners have all been attributed to the roaming prehistoric beasts.

“Animal rights activists, who have started a group called Dinosaurs Are Friendly Too (DAFT), counter that there is no evidence that dinosaurs are to blame. “The triceratops is a beautiful, peace-loving animal that helps reduce the number of dangerous bugs in our neighborhoods,” DAFT spokesperson Reese Kriecher announced at a press conference. “Far from eating our pets, they make great pets themselves.” Authorities plan to announce a decision shortly.

 

Certainly, these people are “daft.” But they also are the same folks that PETA is counting on to assist its current campaign to stop sport fishing from piers and beaches. They might be supremely ignorant, but they have money --- and they vote.

No doubt their support was instrumental in passage of the 2001 Sasquatch Protection Ordinance in Washington State's Skamania County.

Friday
Jul252014

Only in America . . . 

“What people don't understand is this is something that we only have in America. There is no other country in the world where the ordinary citizen can go out and enjoy hunting and fishing. There's no other nation in the world where that happens. And it's very much a part of our heritage.” Norman Schwarzkopf

“I look at trees, hunt mushrooms, and watch animals. Fishing is what gets me out into the woods so I can notice these things.” --- John D. Voelker

 Why We Fish --- Reel Wisdom From Reel Fishermen

 “Give a man a fish, and he'll eat for a day. Give a fish a man, and he'll eat for weeks!”  --- Animal Crossing: Wild World (Nintendo video game)

“If people don’t occasionally walk away from you shaking their heads, you’re doing something wrong.” --- John Gierach

“Many of us probably would be better fishermen if we did not spend so much time watching and waiting for the world to become perfect.”--- Norman Maclean

Wednesday
Jul232014

 

 

 

Wednesday
Jul232014

Environmentalists Want Anglers to Pay for Management of No-Fishing Areas

First, environmental groups and their allies in California state government ignored science, chose to follow a United Nations model, and closed off vast areas for sport fishing through establishment of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

Now they want to steal money from anglers and boaters to manage those areas.

“Of course, the enviro groups are all over this (Marine Protected Areas Partnership Plan draft) in glowing terms about how great it is, how progressive the permanent closures are, etc.,” said Phil Morlock, Director of Environmental Affairs for Shimano.

In responding to a state request for public input, Morlock concluded with this:

“What cannot be argued is the fact that permanent MPA access closures to vast areas of prime fishing habitat have deprived anglers of access to public waters and to a public resource – fish.

“MPAs as established in coastal California are clearly not fishery management tools.

“We concur with others in the recreational angling community who maintain that anglers should not be expected or required to contribute any license, trust fund or vessel fee revenue to fund MPA management, law enforcement or any associated program in consideration of the negative impact MPA’s have caused by reducing recreational fishing opportunities.

“Those who supported these unnecessary MPA closures should be required to continue to also support their ongoing fiscal requirements.”

And here’s something that should be of concern to anglers everywhere:

The same anti-fishing zealots who closed off California waters are pushing for similar programs elsewhere, including the Great Lakes. The California MPA plan was adopted as one-size-fits all, ostensibly to “protect” habitat, even though no documented threat exists.

“It was essentially a ‘solution’ to a manufactured crisis that bypassed hard science, independent peer review, and inappropriately conjoined recreational fishing with commercial fishing impacts under the buzzword ‘overfishing,’ in the attempt to justify these closures,” Morlock said.

“From all appearances, the United Nations can’t manage a two-car parking lot effectively. Rather than encouraging them to elevate their policy to adopt the unparalleled success of the American Model of science-based fishery management and sustainable use doctrine, we continue to apply the lowest common denominator in a rush to reverse over a century of proven success.” 

Wednesday
Jul232014

Mepps Wants Squirrel Tails

If you are planning to hunt squirrels later this year, consider this:

Mepps needs squirrel tails to create hand-tied, dressed hooks for its lures. It has been recycling squirrel tails for more than 50 years. In fact, it recycles more of them than anyone else in the world.

By the way, I started catching fish with Mepps spinners when I was a kid, and have never stopped. I've used them to entice everything from bluegill and green sunfish in Missouri farm ponds to giant northern pike in northern Manitoba. 

This from the company:

“We’ve tried hundreds of other natural and synthetic materials; bear hair, fox, coyote, badger, skunk, deer, even Angus cow, but nothing works as well as squirrel tail hair,” said Communications Director Kurt Mazurek.

Squirrel tails are all hair--- no fur. Practically all other animals have fur tails with just a few guard hairs. Fur doesn’t have the rippling, pulsating movement of squirrel hair in the water.

Squirrels are a plentiful natural resource. Plus, squirrels provide some of the best wild meat and their skins are used for caps, coats, glove linings and many other items. But the tail is usually thrown away. Mepps is asking you to help it recycle this valuable resource. And, it’s offering to reward you for your efforts.

Mepps buys fox, black, grey, and red squirrel tails and will pay up to 26 cents each for them, depending on quality and quantity. Plus, the cash value is doubled if the tails are traded for Mepps lures.

The company does not advocate harvesting squirrels solely for their tails.

Go here for details about the Squirrel Tail Program.

 Please note: Squirrel tails cannot be sold in CA, ID & OR.