Klar: Hunting rights in the crosshairs?

Anti-hunting activists are planning an end-run around your rights!

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by John Klar

Two bills are under consideration by Vermont’s Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (LCAR) that will have a substantial impact on Vermonters’ hunting and trapping liberties. Both bills began as efforts to ban trapping and coyote hunting; both were changed to allow these practices, subject to administrative oversight; both have morphed into efforts to essentially ban trapping and coyote hunting under the illusion of permitting them, by imposing complex extra-legislative rules.

LCAR must be held accountable to the clear legislative intent behind these bills: Vermont sportsmen and hunters must speak out NOW!

These bills do not merely impact trappers and coyote hunters: the methodology employed by those circumventing Vermonters’ hunting rights here will be used to steadily expand prohibitions and regulations until all hunting is essentially illegal. Beagle and other dog hunting will be next; bears and raccoons will be protected at the expense of longstanding traditions. If YOU do not stand up now, there will be little hope of standing later.

It appears that Vermont’s Office of Legislative Counsel (Mike O’Grady, the usual suspect) has jettisoned unbiased enforcement of the Vermont Constitution. O’Grady and his office have repeatedly advocated for patently unconstitutional legislation, especially with regard to clear Second Amendment guarantees. Those charged with protecting our liberties are doing the opposite.

In the past, I have requested to know who drafts these legislative initiatives, and I’ve been told by the Office of Legislative Counsel that that is privileged information! That is, the identities of the people who write our laws are kept secret from the citizenry! I want to know who has drafted the proposed rules for LCAR (and the Department of Fish and Wildlife) to oversee Vermont coyote hunting and trapping regulations. That information should and must be available to Vermont citizens and taxpayers: we are tired and sickened by betrayals and lies by those paid to defend our liberties!

S. 201 began as a bill to ban trapping, but was changed to be more balanced. S. 201 was introduced to ban all coyote hunting, but was altered to permit regulated coyote hunting to continue. It appears LCAR will thwart that legislative intent by imposing burdensome rules that will result in a de facto prohibition – YOUR VOICE is desperately needed to tell these bureaucrats who works for whom, and that there WILL be accountability.

Please email before noon on Monday, October 16, and sign up to testify on October 19 at 10:00 AM at the continued hearing on these bills. If you cannot attend on the 19th, you can still submit your written objection to Charlene and demand that LCAR honor the legislative intent of these statutes as drafted and not undermine them by addending politically-motivated rules that will render that intent moot.

If Vermonters do not stand up for their own rights, no one else will! You have the opportunity here to make a difference, and have your voice be heard. Support other hunters, and your own future rights to hunt and enjoy Vermont’s culture and landscape!

Sign up, comment, attend, contact your legislators…. BE HEARD!!

I am working to raise funds to challenge LCAR’s actions in court should it decide to thwart the legislature with burdensome rules not intended in these bills. But the bird in hand is for you and others to attend this meeting and demand accountability NOW!! Please join us, and at least comment about your support for transparency in government and respect for the legislative intent behind these bills!

The author is a Brookfield best-selling author, lawyer, farmer and pastor. Reprinted from the Small Farm Republic website.

Categories: Commentary, Opinion, Outdoors

15 replies »

  1. Do the moonbat, gun-hating legislators not understand that Vermont has Constitutional protections for hunting and fishing? Do they not realize that not everyone is a vegan, and some who consume meat dont always procure it packaged in styrofoam and plastic wrap? Who votes for these a-holes? And now they want to keep their identity a secret???

    • The fact of the matter is that they just don’t care about the law. Laws are like records, they are made to be broken, and/or changed, whether statutory, or constitutional makes no difference.

  2. I have no idea who drafts the proposed legislative initiatives, but I don’t think I’d be far off if I said a) probably Demonrats b) who work for some anti-gun PAC or lobby, who are c) most likely funded by globalists and large demonrat donors.

    How’m I doin’ so far?

    Here’s the problem. When our 45th President got into office, the demonrats challenged everything he proposed or put into effect on the basis of it being unconstitutional. In other words, Lawfare. And they really don’t care if they win or lose – their entire objective is to tie things up in courts overseen by “friendly” judges until such time as the clock runs out on said President due to the lengthy appeals process.

    What baffles me is why we can’t do the exact same thing. We should be fighting every single one of these pieces of unconstitutional legislation in court, preferably before the ink on them dries.

    But again, my 80-20 rule still comes into play. Of the entirety of people who feel like I do, only 20% will attempt to do even the smallest thing.

    Listen, folks. You don’t have to go “all in”. You can write letters, you can make your voice heard to your family, friends, and neighbors. You can even kick in a few bucks toward organizations geared to fight unconstitutional legislation. It doesn’t have to take up all your free time.

    Think of it as a huge snowball. It all starts with one tiny handful.

    • In the case of these bills, I would be suprised if money was not being funneled into local anti-hunting groups like “Protect our Wildlife” from bigger national groups like PETA, Humane Society of the United States, (not to be confused with the American Humane Society) Friends of Animals, Defenders of Wildlife, etc, etc.

  3. The Cancerous Liberals that Vermont has running the state and its agencies is a joke to real Vermonters, who want the state-run as we grew up in, yes we do harvest animals for food and pleasure, maybe this offends you latte-drinking clowns, that have transplanted here, we were doing quite well before you came to town with your liberal agenda………………………..go home !!

    • Bravo CHenry ! I have a t-shirt which my mother bought me oh 50+ years ago which states “Vermont for Vermonters”. While I was working at Bombardier in Barre I chose to wear it to test the watters, and I had one of the companies big wheels from Canada ask me, “Hey Pat Finnie what you do if out of staters, and Canadians don’t come here with their money ?” I replied, “My grand parents did just fine”! I don’t think he liked that, but the fact of the matter is that they did not live in caves, and eat dirt as the disingenuous flats think we must have done before they arrived on scene, and saved us from ourselves.

  4. They know exactly what they are doing. The question is what are the sportsmen in this state willing to do about it.

    Don’t worry all you hunters out there they don’t want your grandaddy’s Winchester M70 30-06 with the scope on it. Not until they classify it a sniper’s rifle.

  5. Demand the Republican committee recruit electable, pro hunting and 2nd amendment candidates! Vermont sportsman have reached our limit of conservative leaders sacrificing our heritage over a losing platform. Time for new, party leadership!!!!!!

    • What? You want the Republicans to do something. The only thing they are capable of doing is enable the Commiecrats.

  6. Make no mistake, the only thing keeping a ground war, sleeper cell attack in the United States in check is the 2nd Amendment. Since 2020, the amount of arms and ammo purchased for “hunting” grew expeditionally. The order passed down from the Masters is to disarm American citizens with lawfare warfare. No UN-funded ground troop is going to walk into a neighborhood of “hunters” without government surveillence, restriction, or confiscation. Even the criminals won’t hesitate to protect their territories with their “hunting” equipment. The despots have their orders and many citizens know their playbook. Checkmate and stalemate. There is no way they will succeed – too many “hunters” and not enough of them to remove all citizen “hunting” safety equipment. They won’t stop trying nonetheless and that is all they can do. Empty suits with empty threats isn’t cutting it for those who know the Truth behind their never ending lies.

  7. A book from 50 years ago should be mandatory reading if you want to know what is happening: THE JOURNAL OF DAVID Q LITTLE. Says it all.

  8. I’m so proud (truly, not blowing sunshine) of everyone for ignoring the commenters who are clearly here to rile up others and get their dopamine hit. Bravo.