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    Rhode Island Dog Tethering Bill Dies in Committee- (08/04)
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    A Rhode Island bill that sought to place severe restrictions on how and for how long dog-owners could tie or pen their dogs has died in committee.

    House Bill 6901, introduced by Rep. Peter Lewiss, D-Westerly, would have prevented the outside tethering of dogs in the field or at home for more than 30 minutes over a 24 hour period. The bill also set a limit of two hours for the time a dog could be chained or tied at any location while unattended. The bill further dictated unreasonable restrictions on dog enclosures and dog houses, among other stipulations requiring them to be “impervious to moisture.”

    The bill was an effort to restrict sportsmen by setting unreasonable and unattainable criteria to restrict how they house and care for their dogs. The criteria were suggested by animal rights groups who feel that dogs should not be kept outside.

    House Bill 6901 died in the Senate Constitutional and Gaming Issues Committee upon adjournment of the legislature. The bill was introduced on January 25 of this year.


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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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    <font color="0000ff">Connecticut Bills Give Sportsmen Additional Day in the Field- &#40;02/02&#41;</font>
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    Legislation introduced in Connecticut will open the door to Sunday hunting.

    On Jan. 8, state Rep. John “Corky” Mazurek, D-Wolcott, introduced HB 5235 to allow Sunday hunting for all species in all areas. The bill will provide an additional day in the field, which is particularly beneficial to sportsmen who work during the week.

    Three other Connecticut bills have been introduced that will allow limited Sunday hunting.

    House Bill 5362, introduced on Jan. 12 by Rep. John Piscopo, R-Thomaston, allows for Sunday bowhunting. On Jan. 15, Rep. Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, introduced HB 5461 to permit Sunday hunting on private land with landowner permission. Finally, on Jan. 22, Rep. Linda Orange, D-Colchester, proposed HB 6568 to open private property to Sunday hunting.

    All of these bills have been referred to the Joint Committee on the Environment.

    Take Action! Sportsmen should contact their state representatives in support of the HB 5235. Additional Sunday hunting opportunities give families an extra day to enjoy Connecticut’s great outdoor traditions. To contact your legislator call &#40;860&#41; 240-0100 or use the legislative action center at


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      <font color="119911"><font size="+2">Bill to Ban Rhode Island Dove Hunt Moves Forward
      Sportsmen called to action</font></font>

      June 25, 2007 &#40;Rhode Island&#41;

      After failed attempts in previous legislative sessions, anti-hunters have reloaded and opened fire on Rhode Island’s mourning dove season.

      House Bill 5668, introduced by Rep. Charlene Lima, D-Cranston, will ban dove hunting. The bill passed the House Health, Education and Welfare Committee by a vote of 14 to 6 and moved to the House floor. Under the bill, a violator may have his hunting license revoked and could be fined up to $20 per offense &#40;per bird illegally taken&#41;.

      “Anti-hunters struck down Michigan’s dove hunt at the ballot in 2006,” said Evan Huesinkveld, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance associate director of state services. “Sportsmen must take action to prevent the anti’s from riding that wave and demolishing the last remaining dove hunting opportunity in the northeast.”

      Mourning doves are the nation’s number one gamebird. Rhode Island sportsmen have preserved the hunt in their state by circling the wagons each time the anti’s have made strikes. Such grassroots action is again necessary to ensure the hunt lives on.

      Take Action! Rhode Island sportsmen should contact their representatives today. Let them know you oppose HB 5668 to ban mourning dove hunting. To find your legislator and for contact information, call &#40;401&#41; 222-2466 or use the Legislative Action Center at


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        New Book on Top 50 World Record Catches

        December 2, 2008
        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE w/ book cover photo

        New Book on Top 50 World Record Catches
        Captures the Imagination Too

        SEYMOUR, Conn. USA -- Let’s face it. You’ll never own a world record in swimming or track and field. Nope. Won’t happen. However, every time you wet a line, you have a shot at landing a lunker that will go down in the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) record books. That slender thread of possibility is what makes angling the most egalitarian of sports. On any given day, you just never know.

        To celebrate the possibilities, celebrated angling author Mike Rivkin has teamed up with renowned watercolorist Flick Ford to create BIG: The 50 Greatest World Record Catches (Greenwich Workshop Press, 216 pages, $50). This coffee-table collaboration combines Rivkin’s considerable narrative skills with Ford’s uncanny ability to reproduce game fish in their entire lifelike splendor. Never mind how he does it: the fact is that these fish appear poised to swim off the very paper they’re printed on.

        The first thing you’ll notice is that the book lives up to its title. BIG’s 14”x11” dimensions deliver the goods in glorious detail on 50 of the all-time great catches. Each painting pops with taxonomic detail, and the stories are every bit as rich. How did a high-school girl on her first fishing trip catch the world’s largest wahoo? What would prompt a guy fishing for Northern pike to stick his hands in amongst all those teeth? Why would an angler for Atlantic salmon bombard his catch with rocks? If you don’t know the answer to these and other burning questions, reading BIG on a cold winter’s night is a terrific way to find out.

        Frankly, part of the charm of this book includes the fact that BIG’s top 50 are so subjective. Just like the all-time greatest outfield or defensive line, the arguments for including this fish and excluding that one are never-ending. In the end, Rivkin (a big-game guy) and Ford (a fresh-water dilettante) split the list almost down the middle. Bass, salmon, and trout are well represented, but so are tuna and marlin. It’s a fair mix of large and small, fresh and salt, northern and southern. Hey – it could always happen to you!

        This book belongs on your holiday gift list… for you, if for nobody else. Rivkin’s got some other killer angling books out, too. Take a look at for his latest works. You won’t be disappointed!
        Publicist note to editors: For consideration of a media copy from a limited supply please contact Wendy Wentworth at Greenwich Workshop Press: ([email protected]) to make your request. To contact Mike Rivkin for an interview please call him at 858-625-0220 or [email protected] .

        Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications
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        Saltwater Fishing Articles & More by Outdoor Writer Jerry LaBella