The Argus Leader published a Tony Dean column today regarding South Dakota legislation titled, "Dangerous hunting legislation". Now who would propose "dangerous hunting legislation"? First Tony Dean promotes a "democratic sport" is more important than property rights:
Rep. Betty Olson has introduced HB 1148, which repeals the doctrine South Dakota conservation officers use to check hunters for compliance with game laws on private land.
Under the terms of her bill, Conservation Officers can only enter private land without permission under these circumstances:
- If reasonable suspicion or probable cause exists that a violation of a law that the conservation officer is authorized to enforce has been, is being, or is about to be committed.
- To investigate a report of illegal hunting, fishing, or trapping activity.
- To dispatch crippled or distressed wildlife.
- To respond to emergency situations, accidents, or other threats to public safety.
To enter at any other time without landowner permission is, in Olson’s view, a violation of property rights.
I am of a different philosophical bent. The open fields provision helps keep hunting a democratic sport, and just as seeing a Highway Patrol car top an oncoming hill causes many motorists to lift their foot, the knowledge that a conservation officer could show up at any time helps keep some hunters honest. And one has to wonder just what landowners who favor this legislation have to hide from conservation officers.
He then urges Argus Leader readers to do this:
It is important sportsmen contact their elected Representatives and Senator, says Chris Hesla, who lobbies for the South Dakota Wildlife Federation, and they can do so online by going to the Legislative Research Council’s section on state legislators.
Hesla added that contact with members of the House Ag and Natural Resources committee where the bill is expected to be heard, is especially important.
Astute Argus Leader readers should have noticed the report in today’s paper informing us that the legislation died in the House Ag committee yesterday.
Anyhow, Tony Dean brings up 'another dangerous' hunting bill:
Another dangerous bill, HB 1177 – which was introduced by familiar names; Juhnke, Brunner, Deadrick, Howie, and Olson (Betty) and Senators Garnos, Bartling, Lintz, and McNenny – would allow landowners leasing or owning over 640 acres to purchase transferable licenses. This measure would allow additional privatization of wildlife, especially deer. It’s a dangerous step toward Texas-style hunting and should be rejected by the legislature. It is a bill clearly designed to require the state to aid private landowners who wish to further commercialize big game hunting. Presumably, those licenses would come at the expense of South Dakota hunters.
Somehow I don’t think this "Texas-style hunting" bill would attract Dick Cheney to South Dakota, sine he already hunts here. So what is the dangerous aspect? Perhaps it is freedom from government control that Tony Dean considers dangerous. What truly is dangerous is an anti-gun sportsman pushing the agenda of the far-left anti-American humanists.