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    U.S. Sportsmenís Alliance
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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Dale Miles (614) 888-4868 ext. 226
    June 20, 2006 Beth Ruth (614) 888-4868 ext. 214

    Michigan Legislature Approves Hunter Recruitment Bills

    (Lansing) Ė The Michigan legislature today brought its state closer to an apprentice hunting license program by advancing two pieces of legislation. One bill was sent to Gov. Jennifer Granholm for signing and another passed through the House of Representatives.

    The Michigan House of Representatives agreed, 89-16, to changes made by the Senate to HB 5192. The bill, now on its way to Gov. Jennifer Granholm for her signature, is sponsored by Rep. Scott Hummel, R-DeWitt. It lowers the big game hunting minimum age from 14 to 12 and the small game hunting minimum age from 12 to 10.

    The Michigan House also overwhelmingly passed SB 1105, 103-2. The bill is sponsored by Sen. Michelle McManus, R-Leelanau, and co-chair of the Michigan State Sportsmenís Caucus. The bill now returns to the Senate for agreement on changes made in the House before being sent to Gov. Granholm. Agreement on House changes is expected.

    Senate Bill 1105 creates an apprentice hunting license which allows people to hunt under direct supervision of a licensed adult hunter before completing hunter education training. To become fully licensed and hunt alone, the new hunter must complete a hunter education course.

    Both bills are part of Families Afield, a program designed by the U.S. Sportsmenís Alliance (USSA), National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) to recruit young hunters into the sport by lowering or eliminating unnecessary age restrictions.

    The Youth Hunting Report, a study commissioned by the USSA, NSSF and NWTF, found that states which permit parents to decide when their children begin to hunt, and states which allow potential hunters to try hunting under the watchful eye of a mentor before completing a hunter education course, experience better recruitment and retention of new hunters. More importantly, these states produce safety statistics that are better than states that place high restrictions on age and hunter education, as well as under what conditions a new hunter can legally enter the field.

    Michigan is second only to New York as the most restrictive state in the country.

    Families Afield legislation has been adopted in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Minnesota, Illinois, Utah and Mississippi. Like these states, Michigan has a rich hunting heritage, yet hunter recruitment is waning due to restrictive regulations placed on the ages at which a person can begin to hunt. Families Afield gives parents the opportunity to decide when their child is ready to hunt, rather than have the government set an arbitrary age minimum.

    The U.S. Sportsmenís 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. Sportsmenís Alliance and its work, call (614) 888-4868 or visit its website,

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  • #2
    [b]Show Us Your Dove Recipes a

    Show Us Your Dove Recipes and Prove Anti-Hunters Wrong- (08/28)

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    In their quest to ban dove hunting in Michigan by ballot in November, anti-hunters have stated repeatedly that doves are not eaten by hunters, giving the impression that they are left in the field to rot. The U.S. Sportsmenís Alliance wants sportsmen across the country to prove the anti-hunters wrong by submitting their best dove recipe and perhaps winning a sportsmenís prize package for doing so.

    Anti-hunting groups in Michigan have created a campaign of misinformation designed to win the votes of urban-dwellers and non-hunters across the state. Within every treatise they print or email about why dove hunting should be banned, they state that doves are nothing more than live target practice. There isnít enough meat on them to make eating them worthwhile. And in fact, they give the impression that no one eats them.

    As any sportsman lucky enough to bring home a limit of doves knows, there is a reason that doves are the most popular gamebird in America. Beyond the fact that doves routinely challenge the shooting skills of even the best wingshot, they just plain taste good. Whether itís grilled, fried or roasted, doves are at the top of the pile when it comes to good wild game fare.

    In response to this falsehood by the anti-hunters the U.S. Sportsmenís Alliance is asking sportsmen for their best dove recipe. For a gamebird that no one eats, there sure are a lot of recipes for preparing them and the USSA wants them all.

    Send your best dove recipe and it will be posted on the USSA website. Show the anti-hunters in Michigan that, in fact, sportsmen do eat doves. There are as many recipes for preparing them as there are hunters fighting to continue hunting these great gamebirds.

    Send your recipes, along with name, address, email address and telephone number to or to Dove Recipes, U.S. Sportsmenís Alliance, 801 Kingsmill Parkway, Columbus, OH 43229-1137. All recipes will be posted, along with the name and state of its contributor. All who send in a recipe will be eligible for a sportsmenís prize package featuring a Gerber knife, a Streamlight flashlight and USSA travel mug, shooting shirt and camo and blaze orange cap. All who contribute a recipe will be eligible. Please send as many recipes as you wish, however only one entry will be submitted in the prize drawing per contributor. Only one prize package will be awarded. The winner will be chosen, at random, on October 1.


    • #3
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      <font color="ff0000"><font size="+2">Anti&#39;s Buy Election Victory in Michigan- &#40;11/13&#41;
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      On November 7, Michigan voters defeated Proposal 3, a referendum that would have allowed mourning dove hunting, by a margin of 68 percent to 32 percent. Anti-hunters financed the multi-million dollar campaign.

      The Humane Society of the United States &#40;HSUS&#41;, the nationís most powerful anti-hunting group, bankrolled the effort to ban the hunt with $1.6 million in contributions out of $2.3 million spent by the opponentsí campaign. Its contributions reveal a 250 percent increase over its previous record amount spent on a wildlife issue.

      The HSUS and its puppet organization, the Committee to Restore the Dove Shooting Ban, purchased television airtime and ran anti-hunting messages throughout the final six weeks of the campaign.

      This level of spending on a ballot issue is unprecedented for HSUS, and confirms sportsmenís greatest fears about the retooled animal rights organization, which merged with the Fund for Animals in 2005. The merger put anti-hunting zealots in charge of more than $100 million that could be spent to take away hunting rights.

      The sportsmen-led Citizens for Wildlife Conservation Committee, formed to defend the dove hunt, never truly got off the ground in its efforts to match the financial largesse of the anti-hunting campaign. The group raised less than $500,000, and was able to muster only a week-long radio campaign to combat the antisí television ads.

      The U.S. Sportsmenís Alliance was one of the largest contributors to the campaign to protect the hunt, which had been established by the legislature in 2004.