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Bill Karr

My turn: Fishing license fee raid abandoned

In response to objections raised by the California Sportfishing League, and a massive outpouring of objections from California sportsmen and women, the Ocean Protection Council has abandoned its plan to raid California fishing and hunting licensing funds to manage Marine Protected Areas, created by the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA). This reversal shows that California’s fishing […]

My turn: Closing waters to recreational fishing senseless

It took a change of leadership in Australia to bring some sense to marine reserves off their coastline, and it will take the same thing here in California before intelligent, science-based decisions can be made about our own Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). A newly-elected leadership in Australia’s government has announced it will repeal the management […]

My turn: Elimination of lead a planned move?

The last lead smelter in the United States—which produces lead bullion from raw lead ore for ammunition manufacturers, among other purposes–is set to close in December due to the EPA increasing air quality standards 10-fold, according to the NRA-ILA. Several “secondary” smelters, where lead is recycled from products such as lead acid batteries or spent […]

My turn: DFW Director Bonham needs to go

Director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Chuck Bonham is a nice guy, based on his friendly, outgoing demeanor.  But we don’t need a “nice guy” in charge of California fish and wildlife, we need a leader who has knowledge of fish and wildlife needs and how to manage them. Chuck Bonham is […]

My turn: ‘Good news’ is bad news on mountain lions

The California Department of Fish and Wildllfe has sent out a news release touting the “success” of DFW Director Charlton Bonham’s new policy to be kindler and gentler to mountain lions threatening people, pets and livestock. What would you expect? They say that they have seen “a significant reduction” in mountain lions killed as a result […]

My turn: Delta water transfer not sustainable

There is no question that long term water sources need to be found and developed for farmers in the San Joaquin Valley and users in southern California, and it is clear that the Delta is not that source of water. Transfers of water from the Delta have already had profound impacts on the Delta, endangered […]

My turn: Hunters help California economy

Anti-hunters and animal-rights groups have already cost the taxpayers of California almost half a million dollars per year in lost revenue to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife through the expected lost sales of bear hunting license due to passage of SB 1221 that outlawed the use of dogs for hunting them. And the […]

My turn: Arguments against more gun laws

When it comes to gun control laws, or any other law for that matter,  it’s not the law that changes things, it’s the enforcement of those laws. Which means, laws are more intended for law-abiding citizens than criminals. So what will more “gun control laws” actually do? Nothing, of course, except infringe even further on the […]

My turn: HSUS move on California already growing

The move by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to follow their mandated goal to stop all hunting in California moved even farther with the approval of SB 1221 by the Senate recently, as they added amendments through their pawn, Senator Ted Lieu (D-Redondo Beach), that requires registration and fees for any dogs used to […]

My turn: Counties say ‘no’ to SB 1221

So far, there are 33 county boards of supervisors who have sent letters of opposition to the passage of SB 1221, the bill to ban hunting bears with hounds, and there are more on the way. That’s out of 58 counties total, and more would sign on if there was time. It should make a […]

My turn: More political moves against sportsmen, women

Almost daily, it seems liberal politicians in California open up another attack on consumptive users of our resources, trying to strip us of our rights, pleasures and enjoyments, and now, two new bills have been introduced that would put special interest groups in charge of making fishing and hunting decisions in California. The two bills […]

My turn: Mountain lion attack proves hounds beneficial

A mountain lion attack on a sleeping camper July 1 near Grass Valley, and the resultant search by the DFG using trained hounds generally used for bear hunting, proves in two ways the need to continue bear hunting with the use of hounds, and to have them available for searches such as the one now […]

My turn: HSUS sponsors bill to stop use of dogs for hunting bears, bobcats

It didn’t take long for the Humane Society of the United States to step up its anti-hunting campaign in California, and it is now sponsoring legislation carried by Senator Ted. W. Lieu, (D-Torrance), in SB1221, calling for a ban on the use of dogs for hunting bears and bobcats. Under the legislation, bear and bobcat […]

My turn: Who should resign? It should be Assemblyman Hueso, not Richards

We think that a simple resignation of office is far too light a sentence for what this man has done. First, he illegally tried to funnel $25,000 in campaign funds to a sibling. Then, thousands of dollars of taxpayers money were used to pay his sibling’s former campaign workers to work in his office. And […]

My turn: HSUS hysterical over legal hunt

You would have thought someone had trapped, killed and eaten the very last unicorn in the world! “Oh no, string ‘em up!” The hysterical screams from the anti-hunting, animal-rights group Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) are squealing all over the place. And why? Because Dan Richards, president of the California Fish and Game […]

February 29, 2012 | Posted in Opinion | Tagged | 33 Replies

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