Why Outdoorsmen Should Care About Political Issues

I don't want to get all preachy here on Fly Talk, but after the debates last night and reading an excellent editorial piece by Scott Willoughby in the Denver Post from Tuesday, I felt had to share. As a westerner and someone who cares deeply for the outdoors, I felt Willoughby's piece was as important as any I've read lately.

I don't care if you're a democrat or republican, what Willoughby had to say in his piece should make us ALL think a little harder about who we choose for elected office and what those choices will have on our hunting and fishing lands.

In the piece, Willoughby writes:
"According to a recently released poll of 800 hunters and anglers conducted by the National Wildlife Federation, 47 percent consider conservation just as important as gun rights. Thirteen percent believe it's even more important.

Forty-nine percent feel protecting public lands should be given priority, even at the risk of limiting the amount of energy supplies produced such as oil, gas and coal. Thirty-four percent favor development of energy supplies even if public lands suffer.

Fifty-nine percent of sportsmen believe global warming is occurring and two out of three believe there is a moral responsibility to confront it.

Those are but a few of the telling statistics found in the national poll. Perhaps most noteworthy, though, is the fact that 42 percent of those polled described themselves as Republicans. Only 18 percent called themselves Democrats."

He then goes on to quote Romney on the purpose of federal land in the West and rebuts that with his own "short list" that would make any outdoorsman think twice about the comments.

Take a minute, read his piece, and let me know what you all think.