Following the tragic shootings in Connecticut, it is a time for
moderation and common sense. Everyone who hunts knows the concerns over
gun control and how it could affect their sport. Everyone who hunts also
knows that there are reasons to be concerned for human safety and
tolerance of other people.
Everything I do involves the outdoors
and my passion for natural resources, which is centered around hunting.
But we as hunters also need to realize that we are a minority of the
population. The citizenry allows us to hunt, because they realize it is a
traditional method of recreation and gathering food sources, as long as
it is done ethically and within restraints of natural resources
agencies to ensure that wildlife populations continue and flourish.
it is not surprising that the steps by legislators to try to open
hunting in all state parks in Wisconsin were likely to draw backlash
from the general citizenry. It would likewise not be surprising to find
the citizenry upset at knowing that hunters can use bait, perceived by
many as unethical, or want to open hunting seasons on numerous species
once considered to be non-game.
And although hunters have every
right to purchase and use firearms, it is time to realize that there is
no good reason to own firearms that are made to look to the general
public like they are assault weapons and to own clips that fire 25 or 50
rounds. The semi-automatic shotgun or rifle limited to three to five
shells is adequate for hunting purposes and sport shooting.
The militia IS the majority of our population, though most also have no clue about that fact.