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apmaurosr

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Rally for the Right to Hunt and Fish
« on: October 06, 2007, 10:35:09 AM »
ATTENTION:
Concerned Sportsmen, Sportswomen, & their Families

On October 28th be a part of history! Rally in an initiative to amend New Jersey s Constitution to guarantee citizens the right to hunt and fish - & demand the removal of bills A3275 & S2041.

Battle of Monmouth   
Rally for the Constitutional Right to Hunt and Fish

When: Sunday, October 28th 2007 4:00 PM
Where: ** Clarksburg Inn, Monmouth County

The Battle of Monmouth was a decisive struggle of the Revolutionary War. It was not only war's biggest one-day battle but was also the first strong showing for the Continental Army and provided a much needed boost to troop morale. It also increased public support for the war that was to ultimately free the colonies from their oppressor - Great Britain.   

On October 28th 2007 the Battle of Monmouth will be fought again, but this time it will liberate our outdoor heritage from a different oppressor - Trenton. Never again will anglers, hunters, trappers, and shooters allow politicians to whittle away their outdoor freedoms, or let the uninformed mock the integrity their wholesome values by creating vindictive legislation.

Join in the support to protect our time-honored traditions, hear speakers discuss the malicious nature of bills A3275 & S2041 (sponsored by Asm. Panter, Sen. Karcher, Asw. Greenstein) written to ban freshwater fishing, hunting, and trapping. Learn the process for making hunting and fishing a constitutional right.

Bring your family so that they can all secure a place in New Jerseys history. Rally with people who share your values. Unite to change the face of New Jersey politics. Be a part of an event that is bigger than each of us - join the Battle of Monmouth!

** Clarksburg Inn, 465 Stage Coach Rd, Clarksburg, NJ 08510, (609) 259-2558 Near Great Adventure. Easy access from Route 195. www.clarksburginn.net

Sponsored & paid for by: New Jersey Outdoor Alliance, a NJ non-profit corporation
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Re: Rally for the Right to Hunt and Fish
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2007, 10:58:00 AM »
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Re: Rally for the Right to Hunt and Fish
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2007, 11:32:50 AM »
Below is a quote cut & pasted from the article that follows. It is the reason we need a contituitonal amendment to fish, hunt, and trap. Spread the word to the masses to attend Oct 28th - Battle of Monmouth! This woman is articulating exactly what is in the Panter / Karcher bills!!! She also belongs to a group that finances the Panter / Karcher campaign.
Ant

*****Janet Pizar, director of the Bear Education And Resource Group, said recently that, having won a court battle over the bear hunt, the next move would be "to outlaw the killing of our bears." Then, she said, all hunting would be next.*****


Wednesday, October 10, 2007 (newton herald)
By BRUCE A. SCRUTON bscruton@njherald.com
In film, he can appear as a dancing, friendly and bumbling friend €” voice supplied by Phil Harris €” or a bad comedian whose best friend is a frog. There was also the time he was somewhat closer to character, a dim-witted individual, carrying a club with a hankering for rabbit stew.

Most people's views, and concepts, of bears is what they see in "Baloo," from "Jungle Book," "Fozzie," from the "Muppets" or "Br'er Bear," from "Song of the South." There is the real, live animal seen in Gentle Ben, or Grizzly Adams and, of course, more true-to-life short features, like "Bear Country" of the 1950s, that introduced many to the natural world.

But real bears don't stand on stage and get a custard pie thrown in their face. They won't cuddle up at night under the covers. And, except those trained for zoo or circus acts, bears don't dance a jig or wrestle with the human television star.

"We have them in zoos and images of them around us," said Margaret J. King, director of Cultural Studies & Analysis in Philadelphia. "We make art objects out of nature. It's a very primitive and cultural thing."

King is among those who have written about what is being called the "Disney effect" €” how Disney films, whether animated, live action or "nature documentaries" have influenced not just filmmaking, but public attitudes toward animals and the environment.

Anthromorphism is the clinical term to describe how humans ascribe human-like qualities to other species. "Bears are large game and competitors," she said of the long cultural fascination humans have had with bears. "They also stand on their rear legs, bipedalism, and look like us."

Put in the middle of a New Jersey political fight, bears are being made into an image by both sides. Is the elevation of bear to near-human status, based on true feelings or political leanings?

People grew up cuddling "Teddy" or hugging Winnie the Pooh, whose only bad habit was trying to steal honey, so "cute" and "timid" are words easily ascribed to black bears by those against hunting. They take pictures of bears eating from a human's hand or "playing" in a hammock.

In the wild, young animals practice skills they will need as adults. They chase their mother's tail; roughhouse with each other, mocking a "kill" or fight for a chance to mate. Is it really play and do they even know what "play" is?

Janet Pizar, director of the Bear Education And Resource Group, said recently that, having won a court battle over the bear hunt, the next move would be "to outlaw the killing of our bears." Then, she said, all hunting would be next.

On the other side, some have described bears "waiting in ambush" as if the individual animals could read a timetable or calendar and know that the garbageman only comes Tuesday mornings. "It's only a matter of time until someone gets killed," goes the mantra. They point to self-proclaimed bear "expert" Timothy Tredwell who studied Alaskan grizzlies for more than a dozen years. He was killed and eaten by the bears.

In reality, naturalists say bears are creatures whose nature is to find something to eat. They have a place in the natural world and it's not on our cultural pedestal.

King, whose business "decodes how consumers determine value in products, concepts and ideas," said the bear's place in our world "is very evolutionary" and based on our cultural background. The ancient Greeks named two constellations after bears, Ursa Major and Ursa Minor. Eskimos revere the polar bear, but it doesn't stop them from taking one in a hunt if they can.

Other Native Americans also worshiped the bear and lived beside them.

Today, King said, more than 90 percent of our day is spend inside, in optimum conditions that we have created for ourselves. "We don't like exposure to nature," she said. "We have evolved in nature to have as little to do with Nature as possible. We have taken nature and stylized it."

"There are a million misconceptions about bears," said Gary Alt, a noted wildlife biologist who ran Pennsylvania's bear management and deer management plans until his resignation three years ago. "People generally fall into two categories €” they want to cuddle them or kill them."

Alt said the black bear population across the country is growing tremendously. In California where he now lives, the bear population has doubled to an estimated 32,000 since 1982.

In New York the bear population is still expanding and this year the state is reverting to a previous policy of opening the bear hunt in the Catskills on the same day the deer hunting season begins, effectively expanding the season by a week over the past few years.

In the 1990 hunt, 77 bears were taken in the Catskill area. During the 2005 hunt, there were nearly 500 bears killed in the Catskills and last year, the state said 365 bears were killed.

While some point to those numbers and note that even with hunting, bear numbers are increasing €” an argument not to have a hunt €” Alt said a well-managed hunt is not meant to decrease any population, but to provide a balance.

"If you really want to drop the population, you just say, 'Go get 'em!' Bears are more easy to overhunt than deer," he said.

In a healthy deer herd, does can begin to breed at about six months and have offspring each year. Bears don't start to breed until three years of age and have cubs every two years.

Jamie O'Boyle, senior analyst at Cultural Studies & Analysis said that while "both bears ("teddy") and deer ("Bambi") are big stars in our cultural Pantheon of anthropomorphized nature, bears trump deer because they are more like us. We can see a clumsy, more clownish, and therefore harmless, version of ourselves."

And there is an additional element €” perceived rarity. "There is a simple equation in marketing, perception of rarity = higher value," he said. "End result; we instinctively lean towards encouraging bears but controlling the deer."

Alt said being the most densely human populated state, "New Jersey is at the frontier at human-wildlife confrontation and what to do about it."

This great experiment, he said, is tipped in the bears favor for now, but the balance will swing quickly towards bear population control.

"When it starts will just be getting the right bears doing the wrong things," he said. "It will require some sort of injuries. That will be the spark to set off the gas, then it'll blow.

"New jersey is ripe and ready for it," Alt said. "New Jersey will test the waters as to how far you can push this."

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Re: Rally for the Right to Hunt and Fish
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2007, 07:33:48 PM »
It's time to again muster all Sportsmen and Women to assemble at the Battle of Monmouth.Mullica Hill was a warm up.Let's pack The Clarksburg Inn.October 28th Sunday 4 P.M.We are on a roll.Trenton is hearing us and we are not going away.see you at the Battle of Monmouth.

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Re: Rally for the Right to Hunt and Fish
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2007, 06:42:20 AM »
Below is a letter I received from a concerned sportsman. After hearing a NJOA presentation he paid a visit to Assemblyman Panter's office. Below is his his letter to me (I did remove one paragraph so that the letter remained focused on the issue.)

Karcher and Panter must go.
See you at the Battle of Monmouth on the 28th.
Ant
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I just couldn't believe that anyone would be insane enough to try to stop or limit our rights as sportsmen, especially a politician during an election year. I looked up and read the bill on line and agreed that it presented a serious issue to the " privileges " we enjoy.

It bothered me enough that I stopped at Assemblyman Panter, Assemblywoman Greenstein, and Senator Karcher campaign headquarters in Freehold Township that evening to address the situation directly. I was told that the bill was " Misunderstood " and it only was meant to address the New Jersey Bear Hunt.

After a lengthy discussion with the campaign staff, I left assured that the New Jersey Sportsmen were being sold short and made my feelings clear regarding my intentions to make our issues known concerning re-election of Assemblyman Panter, Assemblywoman Greenstein and Senator Karcher.

Please keep us all informed of this issue, as it is a matter of great concern to us all. Please feel free to contact me at any time should you have any questions or concerns regarding this matter.