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#1 Rowdy Yates

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Posted 25 September 2006 - 01:08 PM

SCI - First For Hunters

In the Crosshairs -- e-news from SCI?s Washington Office
The latest and hottest news on federal, state, and international

political and conservation events

September 25, 2006

SCI Responds to Questions About How Mississippi River Hunting and Fishing Case May Impact Hunters and Anglers
In a September 21, 2006 Crosshairs article entitled: "U.S. Judge Declares Boating and Fishing Illegal On Mississippi River and All Navigable Waters," Crosshairs quoted a report on a recent Federal case that may impact boating, hunting, and fishing on certain parts of the Mississippi River in Louisiana. Many SCI members and others responded with questions and concerns over the possible impact of that decision. Further review of the case has revealed that the ruling only affects activities in flood waters covering private lands that are often dry, and do not involve the main channel of the river. In addition, this decision could have a limited reach since it was issued by a Louisiana Federal District Court and therefore could directly affect only waters within Louisiana. Some sources, including those quoted by SCI in its first report, may have misconstrued the case's potential consequences and possible reach. The exact implications of this case are confusing and require additional research and examination. SCI is continuing to review the case and its impact on your hunting and recreational rights and will provide further information as it becomes available. In so doing, SCI hopes to resolve any confusion that this case brings to the rights and interests of the hunting community.

Another Anti-Hunting Group Sues Minnesota Over Trapping Program

SCI has already taken action to participate in one case against the State of Minnesota that alleges that the State trapping program leads to the killing and injuring of the ESA-listed Canada Lynx. Now another anti-hunting group has brought similar claims in Federal court in Minnesota against a State official. This second suit, however, also alleges that the State trapping program kills and injures two other listed species -- the Gray Wolf and Bald Eagle. The impact of this lawsuit is potentially greater as the range of these two additional species is significantly larger than that of the Lynx. SCI is considering participating in this latest case and will keep you posted.

Rules for Migratory Bird Hunting

The Fish and Wildlife Service has issued two new final rules on migratory bird hunting. You can review the rules at the following websites: Migratory Bird Hunting; Late Seasons and Bag and Possession; Limits for Certain Migratory Game Birds, http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01...pdf/06-8109.pdf and

Migratory Bird Hunting; Late-Seasons Regulations and Hours, Areas, and Daily Bag and Possession Limits; Final Rule,
http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01...pdf/06-8111.pdf .

Activists Want Animal Rights Taught in B.C. Schools
?A new Grade 12 course on social justice must include animal rights because oppression and exploitation affect more than just humans, an animal activist told an exclusive meeting of educators and social-justice experts recently. Lesley Fox of the Vancouver Humane Society told the group that "speciesism" (emphasis added) is a prejudice like racism and sexism and deserves inclusion in the ground-breaking Social Justice 12 course. ? For the full article, see http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/story.h...0151556&k=42231 or visit The Vancouver Sun online. (Source: Vancouver Sun).
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#2 Doe Eyed Gal

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Posted 25 September 2006 - 04:35 PM

Thanks for finding more information out on this for us. I kept meaning to do some more research, but all my professors seemed to think this week was a great time to start loading up the course work :)

I'm glad to know this isn't as far reaching as we first thought. Thanks Rowdy!

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