Up in Maine, one outdoorsman is angry that “transplants” are attacking his state’s rich hunting and fishing heritage.
“In Maine, Secretary of State Mathew Dunlap certified more than 63,500 petition signatures, more than enough to qualify a ballot measure for the fall election that will ask voters if they favor prohibiting hunting black bears over bait, with hounds or using traps,” he said.
“In 2004, Mainers rejected an identical ballot measure by a vote of 53 percent to 47 percent. I can guarantee you that most of the signatures are from transplants who have moved here from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York.”
Maine also is the state where some want to ban plastic baits, although no scientific evidence suggests that fisheries are being harmed by their use.
Of course, evidence is irrelevant. These types of measures are being pushed by a well-funded animal-rights movement that is adamantly anti-fishing and anti-hunting, and it has found a supportive base among urban populations whose only knowledge of nature is what they see on television.
Unfortunately for those of us who fish and hunt, these people also are moving out of the cities to improve their “quality of life.” In the process, they threaten ours as they attempt to impose their values on us.
Fishing and hunting is under siege as never before, and it’s only going to get worse.
Go here to read what else the Maine outdoorsman has to say.