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Oregon's RIGHT to Hunt, Fish & Trap - Need your help!

Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by daiello91, Apr 6, 2013.

  1. daiello91

    daiello91 NW Oregon Active Member

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    Currently 17 other states have some form of a constitutional amendment that makes it a right to Hunt, Fish & Trap.

    Please plan on attending or email the committee members if you cannot attend.
    http://oregonoutdoorcouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/hjr0016.intro_.pdf

    Rep. Brad Witt, Chair – rep.bradwitt@state.or.us
    Rep. Sal Esquivel, Vice Chair - rep.salesquivel@state.or.us
    Rep. Caddy McKeown, Vice Chair – rep.caddymckeown@state.or.us
    Rep. Brian Clem – rep.brianclem@state.or.us
    Rep. Wayne Krieger - rep.waynekrieger@state.or.us
    Rep. Jeff Reardon – rep.jeffreardon@state.or.us
    Rep. Jim Thompson – rep.jimthompson@state.or.us
    Rep. Ben Unger – rep.benunger@state.or.us
    Rep. Gail Whitsett – rep.gailwhitsett@state.or.us


    UPDATE:
    This bill DOES NOT eliminate ODFW, ORS statues regarding wildlife law, it does not override the ESA or in any other way limit ODFW's ability to manage wildlife in the manner they currently do. It DOES NOT allow people to harvest fish or wildlife at will and like with any other "right" it can be taken away for violating the law. Please see below for confirmation.

    http://www.leg.state.or.us/13reg/measures/hjr1.dir/hjr0016.intro.html
    4/9 - Today's first hearing went well.

    Groups Testifying in Favor;
    -Oregon Hunters Association
    -Oregon Outdoor Council
    -Coastal Conservation Alliance

    Groups Testifying Opposed;
    -Humane Society of the United States (Considering they introduced a trapping ban this year, big surprise here)
    -Portland Audubon Society
    -Native Fish Society (Speaker claimed to be a hunter)
    -Trout Unlimited (Speaker claimed to be a hunter)

    Here is the audio for the entire committee hearing;
    http://www.leg.state.or.us/listn/archive/archive.2013s/HAGNR-201304090800.ram

    HJR 16 starts at 1 hour 5 minutes of the audio file.
     
  2. ZigZagZeke

    ZigZagZeke Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    This is much needed. It will make it much more difficult for HSUS and PETA to outlaw hunting. I'd further like to see language included that takes game management decisions out of the realm of the ballot initiative. Specifying that such decisions are to be made only on the basis of sound scientific game management principles by ODFW or the state legislature would be something I would support.
     
  3. drew

    drew OR Well-Known Member

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    If only we could outlaw HSUS and PETA.

    This is a great idea and I hope it advances.
     
  4. daiello91

    daiello91 NW Oregon Active Member

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    TTT - Please email the committee members. First hearing is tomorrow!
     
  5. ZigZagZeke

    ZigZagZeke Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    Done!
     
  6. daiello91

    daiello91 NW Oregon Active Member

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    updated original post with information from today's hearing.

    Please forward this on to all your hunting and fishing buddies.
     
  7. ZigZagZeke

    ZigZagZeke Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    Reply from Reardon's office:

     
  8. daiello91

    daiello91 NW Oregon Active Member

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    HJR 16 - Right to Hunt Trap Fish passed out of committee yesterday evening. It's now headed to a full house vote in the coming days.
     
  9. Bigfoot

    Bigfoot Clack Co. OR Well-Known Member

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    This deserves a bump.

    I haven't posted in a while, been working :). Met a new co-worker-biker-hunter yesterday who's a member of a research organization named the Equal Protection Institute and he informed me of this pending legislation. His group turns the tables on other special interest groups by adopting their tactics mainly the Equal Protection Clause. IIRC they are helping to push this bill though making hunting in Oregon a RIGHT which would make it much more difficult for the antis in government, always a good thing.

    He linked this letter written by one of his partners in an email.

     
  10. Kevinkris

    Kevinkris Aloha Well-Known Member

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    i wonder if those people who oppose hunting, realize hunters are the ones who make it possible to keep forested areas healthy? where do they think the money comes from? not to mention the hunter groups that donate even more money into wildlife conservation and study.
     
  11. pokerace

    pokerace Newberg Well-Known Member

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    Where is the bill right now??
     
  12. daiello91

    daiello91 NW Oregon Active Member

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    drew OR Well-Known Member

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  14. daiello91

    daiello91 NW Oregon Active Member

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    That may be, but the House is usually hunter friendly. It's the Senate that's the issue.
     
  15. theficklefinger

    theficklefinger Eugene New Member

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    Let's hope.
     
  16. daiello91

    daiello91 NW Oregon Active Member

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    Go figure that would be a response from someone in Eugene. Way to continue the stereotype.