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January 04, 2013

California Fish and Game Changes Name

By Chad Love

The California Fish and Game Department is no more. The agency hasn't been dismantled, but its name has been changed, from "Fish and Game" to "Fish and Wildlife." Is this anti-hunting political correctness run amuck, or merely an accurate reflection of its expanded mission?

From this story in the LA Times
To Jared Huffman, the name "fish and game" was an outdated artifact of a bygone era when state officials mostly set hunting seasons and bag limits. It no longer reflected the department's mission "to mange California's diverse fish, wildlife and plant resources, and the habitats upon which they depend, for their ecological values and for their use and enjoyment by the public." "Having the name 'game' was a relic," said Huffman, a former Democratic state lawmaker from San Rafael who will be sworn in as a new member of Congress on Thursday. "Even states like Texas and Montana, where hunting and fishing are sacred, they evolved to 'fish and wildlife' long ago." So the California Department of Fish and Game is no more. It's now the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, under a new law written by Huffman that mandated the switchover with the New Year.

 

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from CL3 wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

Whatever, California. Whatever, dude.

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from HogBlog wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

I have no doubt it has, at least in big part, the footprint of HSUS's deepening influence in Sacramento. It seems a minor thing (most other states agencies reflect "Wildlife" rather than "game"), but there's an insidious air to the way the animal rights folks are making inroads into California's wildlife management policies. Golden State hunters and fishermen had better be paying damned close attention over the next few years.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

A lot of it has to do with funding. Animal lover taxpayers or contributors are not too tickled with the implication that their hard earned dollars being used to support blood sports. Can't say as I blame them. Their feelings need to be respected as much as ours. As we all know, same funding is used in areas that are not hunting/fishing related, e.g. habitat restoration for songbirds, raptor recovery, etc. I am surprised it has taken the state this long to get with the program.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

Who cares?

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from ITHACASXS wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

I cannot respect any feelings (from an adult) that are formed from a disney movie, detached celeb rant or a peta newsletter.

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from coachsjike wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

i can't wait until the day the san andreas fault line explodes and the god forsaken state falls into the pacific ocean.

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from NorCal Cazadora wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

HogBlog, you are correct - this was entirely the doing of HSUS. Personally, I have no problem with saying "wildlife" instead of "game." The only reason it bugs me is that it's HSUS's doing, but I'm still far more upset about the success HSUS's biggest bill last year banning hunting bear and bobcat with hounds. That has a huge negative impact.

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from NorCal Cazadora wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

And coachesjike, the San Andreas Fault is along the coast of the state, so the entire state will NOT fall into the ocean. But that's OK - inland California is fine. It's Hollywood's sphere of influence that causes so much trouble.

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from buckhunter wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

The LA Times reported 800 new laws took place in California at the beginning of the year. I hope all you Californians have brushed up on your law. You will only get one phone call, if you break one.

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from wisc14 wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

wow so this is what elected officials are doing in california? what a waste of time

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

Who cares?

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from coachsjike wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

i can't wait until the day the san andreas fault line explodes and the god forsaken state falls into the pacific ocean.

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from HogBlog wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

I have no doubt it has, at least in big part, the footprint of HSUS's deepening influence in Sacramento. It seems a minor thing (most other states agencies reflect "Wildlife" rather than "game"), but there's an insidious air to the way the animal rights folks are making inroads into California's wildlife management policies. Golden State hunters and fishermen had better be paying damned close attention over the next few years.

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from CL3 wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

Whatever, California. Whatever, dude.

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from ITHACASXS wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

I cannot respect any feelings (from an adult) that are formed from a disney movie, detached celeb rant or a peta newsletter.

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from NorCal Cazadora wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

HogBlog, you are correct - this was entirely the doing of HSUS. Personally, I have no problem with saying "wildlife" instead of "game." The only reason it bugs me is that it's HSUS's doing, but I'm still far more upset about the success HSUS's biggest bill last year banning hunting bear and bobcat with hounds. That has a huge negative impact.

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from NorCal Cazadora wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

And coachesjike, the San Andreas Fault is along the coast of the state, so the entire state will NOT fall into the ocean. But that's OK - inland California is fine. It's Hollywood's sphere of influence that causes so much trouble.

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from buckhunter wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

The LA Times reported 800 new laws took place in California at the beginning of the year. I hope all you Californians have brushed up on your law. You will only get one phone call, if you break one.

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from wisc14 wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

wow so this is what elected officials are doing in california? what a waste of time

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

A lot of it has to do with funding. Animal lover taxpayers or contributors are not too tickled with the implication that their hard earned dollars being used to support blood sports. Can't say as I blame them. Their feelings need to be respected as much as ours. As we all know, same funding is used in areas that are not hunting/fishing related, e.g. habitat restoration for songbirds, raptor recovery, etc. I am surprised it has taken the state this long to get with the program.

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