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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-21-2008, 02:00 PM Thread Starter
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Blago set to end Pheasant hunting in IL.

Our Governor is at it again...perpetrating lies to further a political agenda.
The Governor's office announced that it is planning to end the Controlled Pheasant hunting on state land, citing that it will save the taxpayers of Illinois large sums of money. The fact is that the cost of raising and releasing and managing the hunts costs the taxpayers nothing. The entire program is self funded by the sportsmen themselves through license and permit fees.
Obviously the Governor is trying to curry favor with radical anti hunting and, as always, anti gun radicals. Face it, if they can end hunting in Illinois, it adds more fuel to the gun grabbers to say "why do you need a gun?"
One aspect of this that came to my mind immediately is what about the areas of the state that rely on the upland game hunters each year to bring in much needed cash to their economy? I hunted last fall in far southern Illinois. An area of the state that has been severely affected economically with the decline of the coal industry and continues to struggle. Those fellow Illinoisans rely on the influx of tourist dollars from the hunters to see them through the winter!
The legislature is getting involved, and if you're a sportsman, even if you're not a bird hunter, let your state rep and state senator know that you oppose this action! What's next, Deer, Turkey, Goose or Duck hunting...maybe fishing? We're talking about harvesting food in an honored American tradition...NOT cruelty to animals here!
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-21-2008, 02:37 PM
 
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Is hunting on state land that common? Most hunters, including me, use private land...
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Many people hunt on state owned land right next to my house. But they don't do a good enough job eradicating the bothersome deer and coons.

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For Upland game in Illinois it is. This is a pretty big and popular program that includes exclusive youth hunts and hunting safety education on the mornings before the hunt. There are places statewide that hold hunts in season, and the hunts are always well attended both by Illinois residents and non residents.
The astronomical cost of hunting clubs, who have raised their fees and dues and cater to High end clientele and dominate alot of the private hunting land has made the middle class hunter very appreciative of this IDNR program.
As far as I'm concerned, though, the most annoying fact about this is the bold face lies being used to try and justify the elimination of this program. Our Governor thinks he can get away with anything if he says that it will save the taxpayers money or will protect children!
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