Local control gives anti's the edge
September 14, 2007 (Illinois)
A new Illinois law will endanger hunting by stripping the Department of Natural Resources of its authority to regulate deer populations.
On Aug 28, Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed HB 3425. The provision will allow local governments to manage deer herds using methods other than hunting. A local government that conducts a DNR-approved study of alternative deer population controls in addition to hunting may now unilaterally implement the alternative methods deemed useful.
“There is great danger in a law that diverts wildlife management decision-making away from the state, which has the resources and expertise to make such decisions,” said U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance President Bud Pidgeon. “Putting wildlife in the hands of local governments makes it easier for anti-hunters to strike against hunting, not to mention the fact that it creates a patchwork approach that will cripple successful wildlife management.”
House Bill 3425 creates a slippery slope. Today, the call is for local control of deer herds, but anti-hunters will run with the concept and advocate local management of all hunting and trapping.
House Bill 3425 passed the House of Representatives on April 17, by a vote of 70 to 40. It passed the Senate on May 31, by a vote of 33 to 23.
Source: U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance
Tags: U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, Illinois DNR, Hunting Rights, Wildlife Management, Anti Hunters, Legislation