Democrat President Joe Biden’s administration is working with radical environmentalist groups to develop a backdoor ban on hunting and fishing across large parts of the country.
The move would strip American citizens of their rights to hunt and fish on federal land.
In 2021, the Center for Biological Diversity — an influential environmental group with assets exceeding $40 million that advocates for stringent federal wildlife protections — sued the federal government over a Trump administration rule expanding hunting and fishing on 2.3 million acres across 147 wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries, according to Fox News.
Instead of defending the rule, the Biden administration asked the court to delay proceedings in the case in February 2022.
In November, the Biden admin agreed to a settlement with the Center for Biological Diversity that stipulated the government would take wide-ranging steps to protect wildlife “harmed by expanded hunting and fishing” on national wildlife refuges.
Under the settlement, the Federal Fish and Wildlife Services promised to expand lead ammunition prohibitions across various federal refuge properties beginning in 2026 as part of the 2023-2024 annual rule expected to be proposed in May.
Fox News is reporting that the Federal Fish and Wildlife Services (FWS) is now poised to act.
In addition to banning lead ammunition, fishing tackle will be banned as well.
The move qualifies as a backdoor ban on hunting and fishing on federal land.
This qualifies as a significant chunk since the federal government owns 28% of the land in America.
Todd Adkins, the vice president of government affairs for the Sportsmen’s Alliance, a pro-hunting group, explained why this qualifies as a ban in an interview with Fox News.
“Raising the cost of hunting, raising the cost of fishing, and raising the cost of our crowd doing their thing is objective number one, without a doubt, because they know if you make it more expensive, less people will do it,” Adkins said.
The International Order of T. Roosevelt (IOTR) executive director Luke Hilgeman, though, has a plan to circumvent the Biden admin’s efforts to ban hunting and fishing.
He told Fox News his group will be leading an effort to get constitutional amendments on the ballot in states that do not have hunting and fishing as a state right.
IOTR says it is looking to secure Americans’ rights to hunt and fish in all 27 states that don’t currently have the right to do so.
According to Fox News, Florida, Ohio, South Dakota, and Iowa are the four priority states for 2024.
Right now, only 23 states have an explicit state constitutional right to hunt and fish.
Such a strategy has an added bonus because ballot resolutions have the backing of a state’s citizens that can’t be overturned by legislation.
Pro-Biden environmental and animal “rights” groups are currently pursuing total hunting bans in several states.
Hilgeman says there is a sense of urgency because we may be soon facing a future without no hunting and fishing in America.
“We at IOTR are speaking out and standing against this because we know that without hunting and fishing happening in America, conservation as we know it, will cease to exist,” Hilgeman said.
“We think this is a totally misguided policy that’s not based in science.
“It’s going to put up ‘No hunting signs’ on millions of acres of land and kick people off of the waterways that they traditionally fish with their kids and grandkids.”
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