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  • June 19, 2012

    Why 2 Bills Introduced to the House Are Bad for Sportsmen

    By Tim Romano

    Have something to say about your public lands? It could cost you…

    My friends over at Trout Unlimited alerted me to a couple of bills that have been introduced to the House that don't sit well with me. I thought I would share.

    They went on to say that Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development (SFRED), a coalition of businesses, organizations and individuals led by Trout Unlimited, the National Wildlife Federation and the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, has been following this set of bills. And so far, the message isn’t exactly “sportsmen friendly.”

    Among the provisions:
    - A requirement of a $5,000 documentation fee to protest any lease, stifling a process that is currently free and open to anyone who wants to participate.
    - Prioritizing energy development over fish and wildlife on public lands.
    - A mandate that leases be issued within 60 days of payment regardless of protests or litigation.
    - Requires that a minimum of 25 percent of the leases receive minimal environmental review and no protests.

  • November 7, 2011

    ATVs Are Not Evil

    By Kirk Deeter

    All too often I read about ATVs in the context of the evil threat to fishing and hunting habitat. It's not the ATVs that are the threat. It's the people driving who decide what habitat gets ruined or not.

    I get angry when both sides of the argument try to polarize the debate. It's up to ATV riders who use their machines for sporting purposes and have a legitimate, vested concern in hunting and fishing habitat to voice their interests, as the vast majority in the middle of the bell curve.

    If you hate ATVs and think they should be banned, get your head out of the sand. ATVs are not going away, and they've opened outdoor recreation for many. Conversely, if you like to tear around in circles, and don't give a rip about what you ruin in the process, get your head out of your exhaust pipe. It's not a God-given right to ruin public land and ruin hunting and fishing for everyone else.

  • September 18, 2009

    "Fly Fishing" for Elk with a Recurve Bow

    By Kirk Deeter

    It's that time of year, when I put the fly fishing mania completely on hold for one week, head off into the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado, set up camp, and hunt for elk.

    As you can see from the photo, I put in a lot of serious effort last winter, um, scouting and doing my homework.  For the record, the hot tub hunting didn't pan out so well last season, so I'm doubling my efforts in a serious quest to fill the freezer.