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    Zazzle.com Removes Animal Rights Stamps: USSA Asks for Freeze on Funds Raised- (08/21)
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    Thanks to the protests of sportsmen, Zazzle.com will remove postage stamps which benefit animal rights organizations from their website and discontinue their sale. In a recent letter, the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance urged the U.S. Postal Service to determine how much money the online business raised for animal rights causes and order it to be returned.

    Zazzle.com, the online business which has been selling customized postage stamps featuring anti-animal use and anti-hunting slogans, has reported that it will remove stamps whose sales benefit the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and The Committee to Restore the Dove Ban from its website and discontinue their sale.

    In the August 15 letter, the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance (USSA) asked the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to determine how much money HSUS has received from the sale of the illegal stamps and direct HSUS and Zazzle.com to return these ill-gotten proceeds or prohibit Zazzle.com from using those funds to support HSUS’s anti-hunting political agenda.

    In an August 17 letter, Zazzle.com marketing director Michael Karns stated, “Zazzle did not anticipate that some of the HSUS designs and the Dove designs would be controversial or could be seen as advocating a specific agenda. Over the past few weeks, we have concluded that the most prudent course of action is to remove the designs from our website, and to discontinue their sale as postage.”

    Karns also stated that “no portion of the postage value of custom postage sales benefits any group or individual. In other words, the Postal Service always receives the full face value for every ZazzleStamp sold, and does not approve or endorse any custom postage image.”

    The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance (USSA) first alerted sportsmen in April about stamps for sale on the Zazzle.com website which depicted the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) logo and featured anti-animal use slogans. Zazzle advertised that 20 percent of the profit from the sale of the stamps would be donated back to the HSUS. At the urging of the USSA, sportsmen unleashed a firestorm of letters to Zazzle.com, the U.S. Postal Service and state and federal legislators detailing their outrage at this abuse.

    Earlier this month, the USSA was alerted by Ed Owens, of Washingtonians for Wildlife Conservation, Hunters Heritage Council and Washington State Bowhunter’s Association to nine stamps being sold by Zazzle which featured photos of mourning doves and the slogan “Protect Michigan Mourning Doves.” The Zazzle.com website reported that all profits from the sale of the stamp would go toward protecting the mourning dove in Michigan. In November, Michigan residents are scheduled to vote on a proposed ban on dove hunting in their state.

    Because of the diligent work of Mr. Owens and the thousands of sportsmen all over the country who wrote to the U.S. Postmaster General, their legislators and to Zazzle.com these stamps will no longer be sold, putting a halt to a source of fundraising for anti-hunting groups such as HSUS and ending the outrageous misuse of the USPS as a pulpit for anti-animal use political messages.

    Sportsmen need to remain vigilant to ensure that businesses are not misled into supporting an animal rights agenda. Businesses such as Zazzle.com, once educated, have terminated their support of animal rights groups, but only because sportsmen took action.


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    For more information about how you can protect your rights as a sportsman, contact The U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance, 801 Kingsmill Parkway, Columbus, OH 43229. Phone (614) 888-4868. E-Mail us at [email protected]

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    Animal Rights Extremist Gets Prison Sentence for Interfering with Hunt- (08/21)
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    Rodney Coronado, a well-known animal rights extremist was sentenced to eight months in federal prison this month for interfering with U.S. Forest Service agents who were trying to capture mountain lions in Arizona two years ago.

    The sentencing comes after Coronado and two others were convicted in December of 2005 on misdemeanor charges of interfering with a forest officer and depredation of government property, as well as felony charges of conspiracy to impede or injure an officer of the United States.

    In the spring of 2004, federal officials were alarmed at a growing number of encounters between mountain lions and humans in Sabino Canyon. The U.S. Forest Service organized a hunt to trap the cats and move them out of the area.

    Coronado has served prison time for setting fire to a mink researcher’s offices at Michigan State University. In public speeches, Coronado has advocated the use of arson and violence against hunters, farmers and the animal use industries. In 2003, Coronado demonstrated the proper way to build a firebomb during a presentation to a crowd of college students at American University in Washington, D.C.

    Besides his prison term, Coronado will spend three years on probation, pay restitution, and has been ordered to stay away from activists involved in such groups as the Animal Liberation Front, Earth Liberation Front and Earth First.

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      World Hunting Association Alters Format of Competition- (08/28)
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      The World Hunting Association has reconsidered its original plan for its competition which included using darts as a means to drug animals for prize money. Last week’s announcement came after months of criticism from pro-hunting organizations including the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, conservation groups, wildlife agencies and thousands of sportsmen.



      The two major concerns among the opposing groups were the use of non-fatal darts which delivered tranquilizers to immobilize the animal for scoring and a competition format that results in monetary reward.



      Due to the strong message sent by sportsmen and sporting businesses, the World Hunting Association (WHA) will now use traditional hunting techniques during its competition: archery equipment, rifles, and muzzleloaders. The WHA has stated that its goal is to increase participation in hunting among youth, women, and minorities. The WHA sees itself to be the catch-and-release version of hunting, similar to fishing tournaments held around the country. However, it is not practical to hold a hunting event in the same manner as a fishing tournament.

      The whole notion of a hunting competition turns most hunters off. Is that what hunting’s become - a body count contest?” said Rick Story, senior vice president of the USSA.

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        [b]Merger of Animal Rights Org

        Merger of Animal Rights Organizations Spells Trouble for Sportsmen- (09/05)
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        On September 1, the Humane Society of the United States announced that it has merged with the Doris Day Animal League. The merger results in an additional 180,000 members for the Humane Society of the United States, already the nation’s largest animal rights organization.

        The merger comes on the heels of the 2005 merger of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the Fund for Animals.

        The Doris Day Animal League (DDAL) was formed in 1987 by actress Doris Day and since that time has grown into an active animal rights proponent which works on animal issues legislation at the federal, state and local level.

        The HSUS website states that the merger “paves the way for increased public policy activity by the HSUS’ affiliate, The Humane Society Legislative Fund by combining the existing organization’s membership and donor support with DDAL.”

        The merger serves as an indicator of the active growth of the HSUS under president and CEO Wayne Pacelle. The merger with the Fund for Animals in 2005 led to the creation of a campaigns department within the HSUS which focuses efforts on sport hunting among other animal use practices.

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          Another Study Finds Deer Birth Control Ineffective- (09/05)
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          Recent studies conducted by the National Wildlife Research Center found that use of contraception is not an effective means of controlling deer overpopulation.

          The two studies, conducted in New Jersey and Maryland involved deer living in large enclosed areas. The deer were captured, injected with the vaccine, ear-tagged and equipped with radio collars for monitoring the animals. A 30 percent failure rate is reported in the New Jersey study. In Maryland, a 12 percent failure rate jumped to 53 percent in year two of the study.

          National Wildlife Research Center officials reported that even if results of the study were totally successful, contraception must still be combined with hunting or culling to reduce overpopulation.

          Both the contraception programs and culling programs are logistically difficult and cost citizens hundreds of thousands of dollars. White Buffalo, a private company which specializes in culling deer in overpopulated areas charges $1,000 per deer to fit radio collars for tracking, which must be done to gauge the effectiveness of contraception. Additionally, White Buffalo charges $150-$300 per deer to cull.

          Both of these fees can be avoided if hunting is allowed to control the deer in these overpopulated areas. In many cases, hunters must pay extra for the licenses necessary to hunt deer in these areas. Numerous municipalities which allow hunters to cull deer in urban settings do so safely, economically and efficiently.

          “The magic bullet is just not out there yet,” said Larry Herrighty, chief of the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Bureau of Wildlife Management, regarding controlling deer populations.

          However, sportsmen have long known that the bullets and arrows they carry into the field represent the best solution for the management of booming deer herds.

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            Big Game Hunters will Suffer from Tax Rider- (09/29)
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            A recently enacted federal bill will impose severe tax restrictions on big game hunters for donated trophy mounts. Sportsmen stand to lose additional economic incentives if the federal wildlife agency enacts other regulations for trophy hunting reform.

            The challenges that face international big game hunters have led the USSA to organize the International Hunters’ Rights Campaign. It was formed to ease the heavy-handed treatment that U.S. hunters have faced at the hands of the federal government. Partners in the campaign to date include Conservation Force and The Hunting Report. Virtually all other organizations representing international big game hunters have been invited to join, as well.

            According to the Pension Protection Act of 2006, hunters who donate their trophies to museums or educational institutions may only deduct either the market value of a trophy, or the cost of taxidermy, whichever is least expensive. The Act prohibits sportsmen from deducting the cost of safaris and hunting trips during which the trophy is obtained.

            “There is no good reason that Congress has singled out and penalized sportsmen who provide animal exhibits for educational purposes,” said U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance (USSA) Sr. Vice President Rick Story. “The donation of wild animal mounts to a wildlife exhibit is just like a donation of artwork to a museum.”

            Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, stuck the tax revision into the unrelated pension bill. The bill was signed by President Bush on Aug. 17.

            These tax changes are absurd, but the trouble doesn’t stop there for big game hunters. The International Hunters’ Rights Campaign is working to prevent the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) from slashing tax deductions even further via regulatory proposals.

            The USFWS has proposed that, in certain instances, if a trophy is donated to a museum or other educational institution the donor may not deduct the value of the item from his or her taxes.

            “Tax policy should be left to the IRS, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service should focus on wildlife issues,” said Story. “That being said, there is no evidence of adverse impacts on any species or population in the world as the result of offering tax deductions for donated taxidermy.”

            However, an adverse effect on conservation education in the United States and conservation programs in range states is foreseeable if economic incentives are eliminated.

            The USFWS proposal comes as the agency works on regulation reform for CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

            To get involved in the International Hunters’ Rights Campaign, contact the USSA at (614) 888-4868 or [email protected].





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              [b]Big Game Hunters will Suffe

              Big Game Hunters will Suffer from Tax Rider- (09/29)
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              A recently enacted federal bill will impose severe tax restrictions on big game hunters for donated trophy mounts. Sportsmen stand to lose additional economic incentives if the federal wildlife agency enacts other regulations for trophy hunting reform.

              The challenges that face international big game hunters have led the USSA to organize the International Hunters’ Rights Campaign. It was formed to ease the heavy-handed treatment that U.S. hunters have faced at the hands of the federal government. Partners in the campaign to date include Conservation Force and The Hunting Report. Virtually all other organizations representing international big game hunters have been invited to join, as well.

              According to the Pension Protection Act of 2006, hunters who donate their trophies to museums or educational institutions may only deduct either the market value of a trophy, or the cost of taxidermy, whichever is least expensive. The Act prohibits sportsmen from deducting the cost of safaris and hunting trips during which the trophy is obtained.

              “There is no good reason that Congress has singled out and penalized sportsmen who provide animal exhibits for educational purposes,” said U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance (USSA) Sr. Vice President Rick Story. “The donation of wild animal mounts to a wildlife exhibit is just like a donation of artwork to a museum.”

              Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, stuck the tax revision into the unrelated pension bill. The bill was signed by President Bush on Aug. 17.

              These tax changes are absurd, but the trouble doesn’t stop there for big game hunters. The International Hunters’ Rights Campaign is working to prevent the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) from slashing tax deductions even further via regulatory proposals.

              The USFWS has proposed that, in certain instances, if a trophy is donated to a museum or other educational institution the donor may not deduct the value of the item from his or her taxes.

              “Tax policy should be left to the IRS, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service should focus on wildlife issues,” said Story. “That being said, there is no evidence of adverse impacts on any species or population in the world as the result of offering tax deductions for donated taxidermy.”

              However, an adverse effect on conservation education in the United States and conservation programs in range states is foreseeable if economic incentives are eliminated.

              The USFWS proposal comes as the agency works on regulation reform for CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

              To get involved in the International Hunters’ Rights Campaign, contact the USSA at (614) 888-4868 or [email protected].





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                [b]Thousands Prepare for First

                Thousands Prepare for First Time Afield After Hunting Barriers Eliminated- (10/09)
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                More than 11,000 apprentice hunting licenses have already been sold in two states that recently passed Families Afield measures to improve hunter recruitment.



                Apprentice licenses allow youth to try hunting under the direct supervision of an experienced adult hunter.



                In Michigan, 9,145 apprentice licenses have been sold since Aug. 11, while more than 2,100 have been purchased in Ohio since Aug.1. In all, more than 5 million hunters in 11 states now have the opportunity to introduce their children, grandchildren and other newcomers to the hunting tradition thanks to Families Afield.



                “The impressive number of apprentice licenses that have been sold to date reveals that sportsmen want to invite their children and non-hunting friends into the field to share the experiences they have enjoyed for years,” said Rob Sexton, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance vice president for government affairs. “We are proud of the sportsmen who are taking the opportunity to welcome newcomers, young and old alike, to the thrill of hunting traditions.”

                The concept for Families Afield was established by the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance (USSA), National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) after results of a study called the Youth Hunting Report revealed declining youth involvement in outdoor sports and pointed to reasons for the sliding numbers.

                Hunter recruitment and retention is at the heart of the Families Afield initiative. A report written by Silvertip Productions, USSA and Southwick Associates Inc., shows that for every 100 hunters who leave the sport, only 69 take their place. One reason for the decline in a sport with such rich traditions is the barriers in place that bar young hunters and newcomers to the sport from going afield with an adult mentor.



                Youth hunting restrictions have been improved or eliminated in:

                Florida
                Illinois
                Kansas
                Louisiana
                Michigan
                Minnesota
                Mississippi
                Ohio
                Pennsylvania
                Tennessee
                Utah

                “The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance and its partners, NSSF and NWTF, look forward to continuing efforts to break down barriers that keep people from enjoying the outdoor experience,” said Sexton.



                For more information about Families Afield, and to download your copy of the Youth Hunting Report, visit www.familiesafield.org.





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                  [b]Sportswoman Submits Recipe,

                  Sportswoman Submits Recipe, Wins USSA Prize Package- (10/12)
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                  As part of a ballot issue campaign to eliminate Michigan’s mourning dove hunt, anti-hunters argue that doves do not provide enough meat to make them worthwhile fare. To counter the claims, the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance (USSA) asked hunters to share their favorite dove recipes. After receiving scads of recipes, one recipe contributor has been selected to receive a USSA logo hunting prize package.



                  Betty Taylor of Tallulah, Louisiana submitted her recipe for Durkee Doves and was drawn as the winner of a Gerber knife, Streamlight flashlight, USSA travel mug, shooting shirt and USSA cap. Click here to view her recipe.



                  Betty and thousands of other sportsmen and sportswomen have discovered succulent ways to prepare doves for the dinner table. With such mouthwatering recipes, as well as a reputation for providing a challenging hunt, it is no wonder mourning doves are the nation’s most popular game bird.



                  Sportsmen in Michigan and nationwide are urged to help defeat the anti-hunting ballot issue. Without sportsmen’s support, anti-hunters will rout Michigan’s hunting traditions and gain momentum to fight in other states.



                  To address the threat, outdoor leaders formed the Citizens for Wildlife Conservation (CWC). It helps to educate Michigan sportsmen about the anti-hunting threat, and will work to beat any attack on hunting, including the anti-dove hunting ballot issue. To accomplish its goal, the group must raise $3 million.



                  The CWC members include the USSA, Michigan Bear Hunters Association, Michigan Hunting Dog Federation, Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC), National Rifle Association, National Wild Turkey Federation and Safari Club International.



                  Sportsmen can send contributions to Citizens for Wildlife Conservation, 5859 W. Saginaw Hwy., PMB 341, Lansing, MI 48917.





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                    [b]Sportsmen's Votes Will

                    Sportsmen's Votes Will be Key on Election Day- (10/27)
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                    In less than two weeks, voters nationwide will elect government leaders and decide ballot issues that will impact sportsmen’s rights. Sportsmen nationwide must vote to ensure protection of their liberties.



                    “Hunters have the numbers to affect elections and influence policy,” said Rob Sexton, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance (USSA) vice president for government affairs. “It makes a difference when sportsmen vote. They must make their voices heard.”



                    Sportsmen must elect candidates who support conservation and will safeguard hunting traditions. Learn where candidates stand on hunting issues and firearms rights before heading to the polls. Contact their campaign offices and ask specific questions.



                    Candidates recognize the growing importance of the sportsman’s vote. It is no surprise to them that their voting constituencies consist of passionate sportsmen and sportswomen who play key roles in election outcomes.



                    Beyond choosing new elected officials, Michigan citizens will be asked to vote on an issue that will determine the future of dove hunting.



                    After sportsmen unified to make Michigan the 41st dove hunting state, anti-hunters bankrolled a campaign to send the issue to the voters. A YES vote on Proposal 3 restores the dove hunt and protects Michigan’s hunting heritage.



                    “The anti’s know that if they can win in Michigan, they can win anywhere,” said Sexton. “It is critical for Michigan hunters to get out to vote on November 7.”



                    If you have questions about local voting protocol, contact your County Board of Elections today.





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                      [b]Only a Handful of 52-Gun Ra

                      Only a Handful of 52-Gun Raffle Tickets Remain- (10/27)
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                      The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation is selling the last remaining tickets for a weekly firearm drawing. Don’t miss the chance to win!



                      The 2006 52-Gun Raffle, sponsored by Vance’s Shooters Supplies in Columbus, OH, and Buckeye Outdoors in Hebron, OH, gives participants opportunities to win new firearms while protecting hunters’ rights.



                      Only a few of the 1,000 tickets (numbered 000-999) are still available for $50 each. Winning numbers will be determined by the Ohio Lottery’s Pick 3 drawing on Monday nights. Participants can win more than once.



                      The raffle began June 5, but there are still more than 30 chances left to win. Prizes, including shotguns, rifles, pistols, bows and muzzleloaders, will be awarded each week through May 28, 2007.



                      To buy tickets, visit www.ussportsmen.org and click on “Win a Gun Every Week.” Ohio residents may also contact the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation office to obtain an entry form. Out of state participants may purchase tickets via the USSA website only.





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                        Gander Mountain Partners With USSAF for Mentoring Program- (10/27)
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                        The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation is proud to partner with Gander Mountain to teach families the finer points of outdoor pursuits through the Trailmaster mentoring program.



                        This fall, Gander Mountain retail stores will host Trailmaster Days in Lakeville, Minnesota (Nov. 18); Washington, Pennsylvania (Nov. 18); and Houston, Texas (Dec. 2). Trailmaster is the mentoring aspect of the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation’s (USSAF) Trailblazer Adventure Program, a two-part program that was developed to help recruit the next generation of sportsmen. Since 2001, Trailblazer has introduced more than 250,000 non-hunting, non-fishing young people and their families to conservation and the outdoor lifestyle.



                        The primary aspect of Trailblazer is the Adventure Day. It is a single-day event that serves as an all-around introduction to the thrill of outdoor sports and the importance of conservation. The Adventure Day features a variety of activities, demonstrations and orientation sessions designed to show children and their parents what the outdoor lifestyle is about.



                        The families then move on to participate in Trailmaster. Through Trailmaster, families work closely with sportsmen mentors, called Trail Guides. Trail Guides provide hands on archery and firearm instruction, get families involved in furbearer trapping exercises, encourage enrollment in outdoor education programs and investigate sporting equipment options with participants.



                        Those who complete the mentoring program will be eligible for the Trailmaster Award patch, the highest recognition within the Trailblazer Adventure Program.



                        To register for one of the three Trailmaster events, click here.



                        The USSAF Trailblazer Adventure Program has been honored with the Take Pride in America® award by the U.S. Department of Interior for its leadership in recruiting youth and families to the experiences of hunting and fishing and for teaching them about outdoor activities and conservation. The USSAF is one of the Take Pride in America Charter Partners, who work to improve public lands, historic sites and other recreation areas.



                        Trailblazer is endorsed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s (NSSF) STEP OUTSIDE Program and NSSF is a major sponsor. Corporate sponsors include Bushnell Performance Optics, Cabela’s, Charles Daly, Crosman, North Fork Bancorporation and The Outdoor Channel. Additional support comes from the William H. Flowers Jr. Foundation.



                        The USSAF also works in partnership with Boy Scouts of America; Bowfishing Association of America; Foundation for North American Wild Sheep; Fur Takers of America; Kentucky Fur Takers Association; Masters of Foxhounds Association of America; National Wild Turkey Federation chapters; Ohio Division of Wildlife; Safari Club International, NY Tri-State Chapter; Shikar Safari Club International Foundation; U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit; West Virginia Division of Natural Resources; state wildlife agencies and local sportsmen’s clubs to make Trailblazer a success nationwide.



                        Gander Mountain is the nation’s largest retail network of stores for outdoor sports.



                        For more information about the Trailblazer Adventure Program, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.trailblazeradventure.org.





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                          Sportsmen Must Vote Tuesday to

                          Sportsmen Must Vote Tuesday to Protect Hunting Rights- (11/03)
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                          The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance reminds all outdoorsmen that it is your right and your responsibility to vote on Election Day. Your votes on Nov. 7 will influence the outcome of key gubernatorial and legislative races and decide ballot issues that will impact sportsmen’s rights.



                          “Hunters must turn out at the polls on Tuesday to elect candidates who support conservation and hunting traditions,” said Rob Sexton, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance (USSA) vice president for government affairs. “Before you head to your voting location, research the candidates and learn where they stand on hunting issues and firearms rights. Their campaign offices, as well as local papers and articles on the Internet, can help you with that information.”



                          Candidates recognize that a significant number of their voting constituents are sportsmen. They know that sportsmen can play important roles in election outcomes. Drive that point home by voting on Nov. 7.



                          Beyond choosing elected officials, Michigan citizens will be asked to vote on Proposal 3 to determine the future of dove hunting. The state became the 41st to approve dove hunting in 2004, but anti’s bankrolled a campaign to send the issue to the voters. A YES vote on Michigan Proposal 3 will restore the hunt and protect the state’s hunting heritage.



                          If the anti’s can win in Michigan, they can win anywhere. It is critical for hunters in Michigan – and nationwide - to vote on Nov. 7.



                          If you have questions about local voting protocol, contact your County Board of Elections today.





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                            USSAF Fights to Keep Hunting O

                            USSAF Fights to Keep Hunting Open on Refuges- (11/02)
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                            The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation has asked a federal court judge to not terminate hunting and fishing on 37 National Wildlife Refuges. The court could impose the closures while the federal wildlife agency complies with a ruling to update environmental impact records.



                            The U.S. Sportsmen’s Legal Defense Fund (U.S. SLDF), the legal arm of the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation, has asked U.S. District Judge Ricardo Urbina to allow hunting and fishing regulations to remain effective while the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) revises reports on federal environmental studies. Judge Urbina ruled in August that the USFWS must evaluate the environmental impacts of hunting on the entire National Wildlife Refuge System.



                            “There is no reason to disrupt hunting seasons that are already underway on these refuges,” said U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation Legal Counsel William Horn. “The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has committed to updating the environmental studies, as required by the court, by next summer.”



                            The case was filed in 2003 in the Washington, D.C. Federal District Court by the Fund for Animals, which has since merged with the Humane Society of the United States. It originally sought to ban hunting on 39 units of the 100 million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System. The case claimed that the USFWS, which manages the refuges, failed to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act, which requires extensive Environmental Impact Statements, prior to establishing hunting programs.



                            In September of 2005, Judge Urbina granted a motion for partial dismissal of the anti-hunters’ case, ruling that since the goals outlined in the USFWS strategy are not final agency action there is no need for comprehensive environmental studies.



                            The U.S. SLDF is representing sportsmen’s interests in this case along with other defendant interveners, including Safari Club International, Ducks Unlimited, Delta Waterfowl, Izaak Walton League and the California Waterfowl Association.



                            The U.S. Sportsmen’s Legal Defense Fund is the nation’s only litigation force that exclusively represents sportsmen’s interests in the courts. It defends wildlife management and sportsmen’s rights in local, state and federal courts. The SLDF represents the interests of sportsmen and assists government lawyers who have little or no background in wildlife law.





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                              Time Will Tell What Election Day Changes Will Mean for Sportsmen- (11/10)
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                              Millions of voters cast their ballots on November 7, and their choices have resulted in a dramatic shift in state and federal leadership. The coming months will show how the changes will impact sportsmen’s rights.



                              In the States

                              State legislatures are where a majority of wildlife- and sportsmen-related legislation will appear. Since states control the wildlife resources within their boundaries, with the exception of migratory birds and federal endangered species, this is where the anti’s will show up to try to steal sportsmen’s rights.



                              Prior to the election, 20 state legislatures had republican control in both chambers; 10 states had republican control of one chamber, democratic control of the other; and 19 states had democratic control in both chambers. The new breakdown is 12 legislatures have republican control in both chambers; 15 states have republican control of one chamber, democratic control of the other; and 20 states have democratic control in both chambers.



                              The partisan split of state chief executives now stands at 28 democrats and 22 republicans.



                              Regardless of which political party may dominate in any one state legislature or governorship, the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance (USSA) reminds all sportsmen to initiate communication with new lawmakers and foster relationships with those who have been in office. Bills that threaten hunting can be introduced by members of either party. Also, it’s nice to have a good relationship with someone who may soon be the key vote for a bill to allow additional hunting opportunities.



                              The USSA will continue to alert sportsmen via its E-mail Network and Sentry newsletter of bills that target America’s outdoor heritage. Grassroots action, which is made simple by the Legislative Action Center on the USSA website, is how the hunter makes his voice heard.



                              Federal Government

                              The Democratic Party became the majority in the U.S. Senate, capturing 51 out of 100 seats. It also took over the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, a 435-seat chamber.



                              The shift from a republican majority in both chambers to a democratic majority means new majority and minority leadership and modifications to committee chairmanships.



                              Who will be the chairman of the House Resources Committee? Senate Energy Committee? Interior Appropriations Subcommittee? How have they voted on sportsmen’s issues in the past? These are questions the USSA is eager to find out so that we can work with the new leadership to protect the rights of America’s sportsmen.

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                                Radio Legend Lets Anti-Hunting

                                Radio Legend Lets Anti-Hunting Colors Fly High- (11/17)
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                                One of America’s most well-known radio commentators earlier this week showed his anti-hunting colors in a nationally broadcast message.



                                On Nov. 13, syndicated broadcaster Paul Harvey’s noon report announced how ‘thankful’ Michigan doves are that voters rejected the state’s dove hunting initiative. He proudly rattled off a number of other ballot issue campaigns to which the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has contributed in recent years, including efforts to ban trapping and bear hunting. Harvey concluded by praising the organization’s new-found political prowess, saying HSUS “has never had such clout on the Hill.”



                                Obviously, Paul Harvey is entitled to his opinion. In fact, it’s his job. However, the advocacy of an agenda that seeks to destroy the lifestyle and livelihoods of millions of Americans will elicit responses.



                                “America’s sportsmen do not stand idle when the faction that is trying to eliminate hunting, fishing and trapping is handed credibility,” said Bud Pidgeon, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance president. “Paul Harvey’s support and recognition of the animal rights movement, and HSUS specifically, is a blow to the pro-hunting movement and deserves to be addressed.”



                                This is not the first time Harvey has used his radio segment as a soapbox for his animal rights viewpoint. He has praised People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals leader Ingrid Newkirk “for her dedication and commitment towards making planet earth a better place for animals.” He made these glowing comments about a woman who hopes hoof-and-mouth disease will come to America!



                                Take Action! Sportsmen are urged to express their dissatisfaction with Paul Harvey’s controversial radio segment. Let radio stations that air Paul Harvey’s program know that you object to his extremely controversial views on animal rights.



                                Also, contact Paul Harvey sponsors and let them know that you object to their support of a program that acts as a mouthpiece for the anti-hunting movement.



                                For a list of radio stations nationwide that air Paul Harvey segments, click here. For a list of Paul Harvey’s sponsors, click here. Please be sure to send the USSA a copy of the message you send.

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                                  4-Star Rating Proves USSAF is

                                  4-Star Rating Proves USSAF is Worthy of Your Year-End Gift- (12/15)

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                                  For the fourth straight year, the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation has received a 4-star rating from America’s premier charity evaluator, Charity Navigator.



                                  “We are proud to announce U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation has earned our 4-star rating for its ability to efficiently manage and grow its finances,” said Trent Stamp, executive director of Charity Navigator. “Only twelve percent of the charities we’ve rated have received at least two consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation outperforms most charities in America in its efforts to operate in the most fiscally responsible way possible.”



                                  The USSAF is proud to be featured by Charity Navigator for the fourth consecutive year. The recognition proves that the organization is living up to high standards set within the nonprofit sector.



                                  “Savvy donors who are looking for a fiscally responsible, conservation charity to support have found it,” said USSAF President Bud Pidgeon. “Our contributors’ hard-earned money is used efficiently to produce quantifiable results, which means that your hunting heritage will benefit.”

                                  The U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance Foundation protects and defends America's wildlife conservation programs and the pursuits -- hunting, fishing and trapping -- which generate the money to pay for them. It is responsible for public education, legal defense and research. Contributions to the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance Foundation, a 501(C) 3 organization, are tax deductible.

                                  “We are not just another hunting club,” said Pidgeon. “We are meeting and defeating the anti-hunting movement as it invests millions to eliminate big game hunting, upland game hunting, hunting with hounds, trapping and other aspects of our outdoor heritage.”



                                  Are you ready to give? We can help you plan gifts and bequests that will help protect hunting, fishing and trapping for present and future generations. Your support for the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation will mean the continuation of the outdoor lifestyle upon which our nation was founded. Visit www.ussafoundation.org or call the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation headquarters (614) 888-4868 for giving options.

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                                  • #18
                                    Fox Television Joins Movement

                                    Fox Television Joins Movement to Ban Trapping- (12/21)
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                                    (Columbus) - Fox Sports Net, which provides regional sports programming to 85 million households, has refused to cancel a gratis anti-trapping advertisement produced by the nation’s largest animal rights group.



                                    News Corporation, the parent company of Fox Sports Net and other Fox Cable Networks, approved a 15-second anti-trapping commercial, produced by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), as a public service announcement. Fox Sports rejected a request by the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, the nation’s leading sportsmen’s advocacy organization, to immediately pull the spot. The company will run the ad through the end of December at no cost to the anti's.



                                    The advertisement features HSUS leader Wayne Pacelle and a second animal activist urging viewers to support trapping bans. To add to the sensationalism, the spot opens with a loud clank as a foot hold trap with teeth - a trap that has been banned throughout the country for decades - snaps shut.



                                    A senior official for Fox told the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance that he and other associates had reviewed the ad and believe the content meets their criteria for public service announcements.



                                    “This is not a public service announcement; it is a free political advertisement for a movement that wants to eliminate trapping, hunting and all other forms of animal use,” said U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance President Bud Pidgeon. “Hunters and anglers must understand that the Humane Society has repeatedly stated that a ban on trapping is merely a means of softening public sentiment to clear the way for a ban on all hunting and fishing. Hunters, trappers and anglers should generate a flood of complaints from friends, family and everyone they can reach out to.”



                                    Trapping is recognized by every wildlife agency at the state and federal level as a viable and important conservation tool. It helps keep furbearer populations at healthy levels and is important in stemming the spread of wildlife diseases that threaten animals and humans.



                                    The Humane Society of the United States opposes all animal use, including trapping, hunting and fishing. It has a multi-million dollar budget that it invests in legislative and ballot campaigns to ban trapping and hunting. It also has a legal arm to challenge sportsmen’s rights in court.



                                    In 2002, Sportsmen can make a difference in this fight. Jeep raised the ire of sportsmen when it aired a blatantly, anti-hunting commercial called the “Deer Hunter.” After a flood of sportsmen contacts, Jeep pulled the commercial in three days.



                                    Sportsmen nationwide should contact News Corporation and demand that the spot be cancelled. Let the company know that outdoorsmen object to the network acting as a mouthpiece for the animal rights movement. Explain that state wildlife professionals support trapping and see it as a necessary tool for managing furbearers. Inform News Corporation that trapping has proven to be a critical element in the comeback of waterfowl populations, and that managers see it as extremely important in protecting the public from outbreaks of diseases such as rabies.



                                    Contact Rupert Murdoch, Chairman/CEO, News Corporation, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, 8th Floor, New York, NY, 10036. Phone (212) 852-7000. Fax (212) 852-7147.



                                    Sample letters to News Corporation are available using the Legislative Action Center at www.ussportsmen.org.



                                    The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance protects the rights of hunters, anglers and trappers in the courts, legislatures, at the ballot, in Congress and through public education programs. For more information about the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance and its work, call (614) 888-4868 or visit its website, www.ussportsmen.org.

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                                    • #19
                                      Effort to Boost Hunter Recruit

                                      Effort to Boost Hunter Recruitment Gets Rolling in Five States- (01/19)
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                                      Hunting advocacy organizations have launched new campaigns in a number of states to tear down age and other barriers that prevent people from hunting.



                                      The effort is part of the national Families Afield campaign, established by the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and National Wild Turkey Federation to urge states to review and eliminate unnecessary hunting age restrictions and ease hunter education mandates.



                                      Legislation addressing these concerns is being prepared and introduced in California, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin in 2007. The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance and its partners have been consulting with state officials and sportsmen’s leaders to craft legislation that addresses the specific needs of the five states, while removing and reducing unnecessary restrictions on hunting. The National Rifle Association is backing the bills in North and South Dakota, and is expected to join the effort in the remaining states. The groups advocate the concept that newcomers to outdoor sports should have the opportunity to experience hunting before making large investments of time and money in equipment and training.



                                      "These states are taking bold first steps to ensure hunting traditions continue to be passed on to the next generation," said Chris Dolnack, NSSF senior vice president. "Our Families Afield partnership with the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance and National Wild Turkey Federation is squarely aimed at helping to eliminate barriers to entry and to increase opportunities for participation. It will truly make a difference for the future of hunting.”



                                      To date, Families Afield legislation and regulations have been approved in 12 states. Two of those states, Michigan and Ohio, established apprentice hunting programs. First-year results appear extremely promising. More than 17,500 apprentice licenses were sold in Michigan, plus over 9,500 in Ohio, during 2006. These 27,000 new hunters suggest a 33 percent jump in the two states' combined population of hunters age 15 and under.



                                      Families Afield was developed after results of a study, called the Youth Hunting Report, showed that youngsters are less likely to take up hunting in states that have more restrictive requirements for youth participation. However, states that have removed barriers to youth hunting have a much higher youth recruitment rate.



                                      Studies have also shown that supervised youth are the safest class of hunters.



                                      “Hunting is a remarkably safe sport to begin with, and hunting accidents are even rarer in states where parents decide at what age their children are allowed to hunt,” said Dolnack. “Another up-side to an early introduction is the fact that youth who are permitted to try hunting at an early age are more likely to continue their involvement in the sport, which would help reverse the trend of declining sportsman numbers.”



                                      Take Action! Sportsmen are encouraged to support the Families Afield bills in their state legislatures. To make grassroots action easy, the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance features the Legislative Action Center on its website, www.ussportsmen.org. The resource allows visitors to find and send messages to their lawmakers.



                                      The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance is a national association of sportsmen and sportsmen’s organizations. It protects the rights of hunters, anglers and trappers in the courts, legislatures, at the ballot, in Congress and through public education programs. For more information about the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance and its work, call (614) 888-4868 or visit its website, www.ussportsmen.org.

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                                      • #20
                                        New Legislative Sessions, Same

                                        New Legislative Sessions, Same Anti-Hunting Threats- (01/17)
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                                        New sessions are beginning in state and federal lawmaking bodies, but sportsmen can bet on one thing - with new legislative sessions will come attacks to eliminate outdoor sports.



                                        In 2007, legislative sessions opened in 48 states, and the USSA is sorting through thousands of bills to make sure that the hunters, anglers and trappers are prepared to fight those that impact sportsmen’s rights. Based on trends the USSA has seen, sportsmen will likely find themselves defending bear hunting, hunting with hounds, trapping and other issues in states from coast to coast.

                                        “Although most state lawmaking bodies start with a clean slate in 2007, the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance expects to see the reintroduction of bills that the anti’s have tried to pass in previous years,” said Tony Celebrezze, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance director of state services. “The anti’s have targeted aspects of our outdoor heritage that they feel are vulnerable, and will continue their attacks, particularly in states where they have had recent victories and momentum behind their cause.”



                                        Sportsmen on the Offense

                                        The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, National Shooting Sports Foundation and National Wild Turkey Federation, partners in the Families Afield campaign to eliminate hunting age and other barriers, will work in state legislatures to promote the effort.


                                        “In 2006, twelve states made it easier for newcomers to take part in hunting,” said Celebrezze. “The USSA and its partners want to continue the program's success and will work with state lawmakers to do so.”



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