Protection of Hound Hunting

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Protection of Hound Hunting

Postby BAR BAR 2 » Tue Dec 06, 2016 12:45 am

Wednesday, December 7
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We are having a get together for all concerned houndsmen in Wyoming, so that we can discuss the proposal of legislation that will recognize the use of hounds and sporting dogs as part of this state's history and heritage and also as a valuable wildlife management tool. It is our intention to pass a state statute that will officially recognize and protect the use of hounds and sporting dogs, with an eventual goal being an amendment to the state constitution.

To start off, we will have to draft and then send a letter of intent to the state legislator who we will be working with on this issue and then we'll need to write out the language exactly as we want it. State Representative, Tyler Lindholm, of Sundance, who we are already working with on the legislation to help with hunter overcrowding, has said he would be happy to help on this issue as well. I have spoke with several state lawmakers over the past week and I got a lot of positive input from them and think we can probably get this pushed through.

We need all the help we can get. If anyone would like to take part in the discussion and writing of this legislation, please get with me.

Thanks
Tex Adams, President
Wyoming Federation of Houndsmen
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Re: Protection of Hound Hunting

Postby BAR BAR 2 » Wed Dec 07, 2016 8:24 pm

Earlier today, the following letter of intent that was sent to, State Representative Tyler Lindholm, of Sundance, Wyoming. Wyoming Federation of Houndsmen Vice President, Dusty Finley and member, Larry Bird, came over and we sat down to write out exactly what we are seeking through legislation that will protect the use of hounds and sporting dogs in Wyoming.

Dear Sir,

Whether it was for sport, or to protect livestock from predators, Wyoming has a long and storied history involving hounds and the use of sporting dogs. The Wyoming Federation of Houndsmen is a group of sportsmen who enjoy their time afield in the hound hunting pursuits. Houndsmen and hunters from every corner of Wyoming are joining together to be proactive in the defense of the use of hounds and sporting dogs in pursuit of this state's wildlife opportunities. With ethical chase and harvest practices, it is our desire to work alondside those within the Game & Fish Department charged with the scientific management of Wyoming's wildlife resources.

Due to an all out assualt against those who use and depend upon dogs in their hunting endeavors, it is our desire and intent to author and follow through with legislation that protects the use of hounds and sporting dogs in Wyoming. With the passage of a state statute and eventual amendment to the state constitution, we also seek recogniton of the use of hounds and sporting dogs as part of Wyoming's history and heritage, as well as being a valuable and indispensable wildlife management tool. As concerned sportsmen, we are seeing a very negative trend within other states where the use of hounds and sporting dogs is being vilified by those whose wish it is to eliminate the use of sound scientific management practices. It is our belief, that if we are able to compose a specific set of protections for the use of hounds and sporting dogs within the state of Wyoming, we can head off any negative attacks against the sportsmen of this state and the sound management of our wildlife resources.

We look forward to working with you on this legislation and ask that you please contact us if you have any questions and/or concerns.


Sincerely,
Tex Adams, President
Dusty Finley, Vice President
Wyoming Federation of Houndsmen
Gillette, Wyoming


Sending this letter of intent is just the first step and there will be much more work to follow. Once things get rolling, we will need the help of every houndsman in the state with emails, calls and letters to lawmakers from around the state. If anyone would like to take part in the process, we will appreciate all the help we can get. Don't hesitate to give me a call.

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Tex Adams, President
Wyoming Federation of Houndsmen
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Re: Protection of Hound Hunting

Postby Grzyadms4x4 » Tue Dec 13, 2016 12:29 am

Maybe when you are done, this could be a good template for every houndsman, in every state to present to their legislators. With or without a club.
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Re: Protection of Hound Hunting

Postby BAR BAR 2 » Tue Dec 13, 2016 12:35 am

Grzyadms4x4 wrote:Maybe when you are done, this could be a good template for every houndsman, in every state to present to their legislators. With or without a club.


Houndsmen, as a general rule, are more reactive than proactive and that is why it seems we are always fighting an uphill battle. We have got to start anticipating potential problems and heading them off before they have the chance to become a major issue. To do this though, it requires people to come in out of the woods and go to meetings and being able to articulate good reasons behind their positions. Many want to leave it to someone else, but if we don't each take part in the process, we stand to lose our opportunities.


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Re: Protection of Hound Hunting

Postby Grzyadms4x4 » Tue Dec 13, 2016 12:56 am

I agree and in a lot of states there are no clubs at all, eg Arizona. I was thinking, that after all was said and done, depending upon the legistlation proposed, that it might be a good template for other hunters in other states. While having a club organize and work with certain legislators on the proposed bill, anyone without an organization could too.
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Re: Protection of Hound Hunting

Postby BAR BAR 2 » Tue Dec 13, 2016 1:01 am

I will be more than happy to help out in any way I can. Some of this can be a little daunting if a person hasn't dealt with all the different factions in play, but it can be done. Don't hesitate to give me a call and I will do whatever I can to help other houndsmen in their home states.



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Re: Protection of Hound Hunting

Postby Grzyadms4x4 » Tue Dec 13, 2016 1:16 am

Hi Tex, Thanks for the offer. I know little about the process except to repeatedly mail it lawmakers and see if follow up calls and emails get you anywhere. I'm not naive enough to think that it would work but in a conservative state you never know? Plus in a state like mine, where there is no organization, I think that it's better to try to do something than to do nothing knowing the sharks(hsus) are circling around you.

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