Deer and Elk seasons are in full swing. I’ve only just returned from an adventure in Idaho and Montana. In Idaho I was fortunate to take the elk of a lifetime. In Montana I was privileged to see a bunch of mule deer and a few whitetails. Unfortunately, I did not see the mule deer I was looking for but I sure did enjoy everything about both hunts except for the cold weather. The folks that live up there are to be commended for their stamina but I was proud to return home and enjoy some “above freezing” temperatures.
Exchange with Representative Xochital Torres Small
I was alerted to the Cecil Act (H.R.2245 “Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of Large Animal Trophies Act”) coming in front of the House Natural Resources Committee. I decided to pass my feelings on this bill along to Rep Small via email. In a few days I was very puzzled to receive a “form” letter from Rep Small thanking me for sharing my opinion and stating her support for “Common Sense Gun Control”. Since I don’t believe the Cecil Act has anything to do with gun control I responded to her that, while I vehemently oppose any infringement of my Civil Rights by Congress, her response failed to address the Cecil Act. This second email must have caused consternation on the part of her staff since she has not responded to that email at all.
The CECIL Act was passed by the House Natural Resources Committee on a straight party line vote and now sits in waiting for a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives. I hope that by the time the full House votes, Rep Small will have had an opportunity to familiarize herself with this onerous restriction of hunter’s rights. As a hunter and an advocate for conservation, please stay informed on this issue and to tell your Representative to OPPOSE H.R.2245
RA “Pancho” Maples
President, SNM Chapter, SCI
PS – Send me your hunt photos so we can put them in the newsletter.