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My turn: Hunters help California economy

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From page A4 | May 08, 2013 | 2 Comments

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 burden on California taxpayers can be expected to soar if our elected politicians don’t wake up and realize the benefits provided by hunters in this state. In fact, in California alone, hunting added $2 million to the state’s economy in 2011 alone, according to a “Sportsmen’s Activity Report” provided by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF).

State and local taxes taken in by California from all hunting activities in 2011 amounted to $153 million! That’s a lot of money to try and make up on the backs of California residents. Salaries and wages paid out because of hunting amounted to $758.5 million, and 20,640 jobs depended on hunting.

Deer hunting alone brought in $46.5 million in state and local taxes and $50 million in federal taxes. Migratory bird hunting brought in $36.8 million in state and local taxes, and $42.5 million in federal taxes.

If hunting were stopped in California, how would those lost revenues be made up? Certainly not by the anti-hunting, animal-rights groups, who only line their own pockets with funds, and file lawsuits. Those revenues would have to be made up by every other taxpayer in California.

And the lost money is only part of the picture. A huge percentage of the wild land mass and marshland in California is owned by hunters, and maintained by hunters in its natural state for the benefit of wildlife and waterfowl. Those lands would be sold if hunters could no longer use them, and probably be lost to farms, ranches or development.

People in California, and especially our elected lawmakers, need to be aware of the huge loss in revenue and habitat that would occur should more curbs be put on the hunters in California. The impact would be far-reaching, and cost every other taxpayer in the state.

Bill Karr is editor of Western Outdoors News.

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netMay 08, 2013 - 2:32 pm

    by the New world order--fishing is okay--hunting a no no. For awhile I have pointed out that CEDAPP only talks about fishing...any flyers--fishing. I mentioned their are many hunters in El dorado county...hunters are not spoken about in their company. Bars are bad--beer is bad...wine is acceptable--no matter how much you drink. My grandparents were hunters--some of my best friends are hunters. Pollock people still eat meat. (shhhhhhhhhh that is also becoming unacceptable) Tea and little sandwiches (veggies) are acceptable. Our space needs a rule book now.

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  • 1036-FrankMay 09, 2013 - 9:59 am

    There has been a liberal war on the west, including hunters, now for at least 50 years in this state. The war has included the over regulation of hunting with a complicated zone and drawing system where before there was a general deer tag good statewide which allowed hunters to hunt in the historic good areas where entire rural counties would benefit from the annual season, now these areas scarcely know when deer season is and the economic loss has taken a huge toll. The liberal war on the west has also protected all of the large predators to the point of multiple attacks on people and pets and the uncounted toll on livestock all based on emotional non-rational liberalism to protect non-endangered predators. The same way the forests were allowed to become a sterile overgrown over mature fire hazard with the bans on logging and natural fire action which has been the normal pattern for good biological reasons, these man-made actions have produced a dramatic drop in wildlife in this state along with an unbelievable fire hazard which some insurers will not even write a policy for in the foothill and mountain fire hazard zones. The number of hunters has continued to drop dramatically as people simply have had enough and moved out of state. This war on anything liberals don't like from hunting to mining to fishing and use of public land and roads in use for 150 years has been growing via lawsuit with help from friendly liberal judges and misguided federal agencies and the thoughtless liberal politician and it has reached the point of a slim chance of reversing it. It is time to again try to divide Northern California from Southern or redraw the Nevada state line and move it west. The next on the state liberal attack list is to attack the 2nd Amendment while at the same time letting out thousands of felons for a crime wave while several prisons sit empty along with keeping the border open to continue to grow the liberal govt. dependent underclass and voter base which is causing an economic destruction of this state and massive departure of taxpayers not to mention the unsustainable entitlement burden for the few and rapidly departing former taxpayers.

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