Quadriplegic woman seeks hunting licence

Quadriplegic woman who seeks hunting licence among those being helped by Sask. group

Kaitlyn Hoar is fulfilling her dreams thanks to the Being Astonished! program in Regina

By Rachel Zelniker, CBC News <http://www.cbc.ca/news/cbc-news-online-news-staff-list-1.1294364> Posted: Feb 14, 2017 5:00 AM CT Last Updated: Feb 14, 2017 9:23 AM CT

Kaitlyn Hoar, a Saskatchewan woman with physical disabilities, has dreams like anyone else — and one of them includes hunting.

She wants get a restricted hunting licence, which might seem ambitious, considering she has cerebral palsy and is a quadriplegic.

However, thanks to a Regina charitable organization called Being Astonished!, she’s well on her way to achieving that goal.

“[Her family] got her into doing that,” said Hoar’s mother, Wendy, who’s one of the program’s founders.

“They’ll put the headphones on her, bring her the shotgun, she’ll look towards them when she wants the skeet pulled, and then they will help her pull the trigger.”

It demonstrates there’s no reason Kaitlyn can’t follow her dreams, Wendy said.

“She’s non-verbal, but she … functions mentally very, very well,” said Wendy.

‘This was my dream’

There are currently four other people enrolled in the program, including Kennen Dorgen, whose current goal is one of her most ambitious yet.

“Kennen was born 10 weeks premature with cerebral palsy. She’s technically classified as a quad… and pretty well all her muscles are affected,” said Kennen’s mother Heather Dorgen

She is non-verbal, but “very smart, and very persistent,” Heather added.

Kennen and Heather Dorgan

‘Kennen (centre) was born 10 weeks premature, with cerebral palsy… but is very smart and very persistent,” said Kennen’s mother, Heather (right). (Rachel Zelniker/CBC)

More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/astonished-complex-physical-disabilities-regina-1.3981031

Donald Trump Jr. visits Turkey in hunting trip, kills goats


While his father is engaged in headhunting for his cabinet, Donald Trump Jr. tackled some real trophies in a surprise and secretive hunting trip in Turkey.

The 38-year-old Donald John Trump Jr., son of real estate tycoon turned president-elect of the United States, Donald Trump, was in the southern Turkish resort of Antalya to hunt wild goats, the Doğan News Agency reported.

The younger Trump hunted two goats in the Oluklu plateau of Antalya on Sunday. Trump Jr. arrived in Antalya with five bodyguards after securing a hunting permit from Turkish authorities.

He spent two nights camped out in the mountainous area before leaving on Tuesday back to Germany, where he was staying before the trip.

Donald Trump Jr. is known for his penchant for hunting, drawing the criticism of animal rights activists in the past, especially for his involvement in big-game hunting.

In 2012, younger Trump was slammed by critics when photos showing him with a knife in one hand and holding the tail of a dead elephant surfaced online.

In another photo dating back to 2012, Donald Trump Jr. was seen with his brother Eric beside a dead crocodile hanging from a noose off a tree.

A photo of the duo holding a dead leopard added to the furor of activists although Donald Trump Jr. has never been shy of his enthusiasm for hunting.

In an interview with a website on hunting, he has said he learned hunting from his maternal grandfather in Czechoslovakia and preferred bow hunting.

Previous reports by Turkish media outlets stated that it was Eric Trump who visited Turkey for ann hunting trip, and killed two wild deers.



Kaine Co-Sponsors Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act


Monday, June 23, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined U.S. Senators Kay Hagan and Lisa Murkowski in supporting the Sportsmen’s Act of 2014, bipartisan legislation that contains 12 bills to ensure sportsmen’s traditions are protected, provide sportsmen more access to federal lands, and support conservation efforts.

“The bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act conserves public land while promoting outdoor recreation activities that support jobs across the Commonwealth,” Kaine said. “By increasing opportunities for recreational hunting, fishing, and shooting, this bill will allow sportsmen to enjoy public lands and contribute to local economies in Virginia and across the nation. I look forward to working with my Senate colleagues to pass this legislation.”

The Sportsmen’s Act will enact a variety of measures to facilitate the use of and access to federal public lands and waters for hunting, fishing, and shooting. Provisions in the bill will also help increase revenue for wildlife conservation, hunter education and shooting programs.

A full list of provisions included in the bill is available HERE.

In Virginia, access to lands and water for hunting and fishing has a significant impact on the local economy. According to the Outdoor Industry Association, outdoor recreation generates $13.6 billion annually in consumer spending in Virginia, supports 138,000 jobs across the state, which generate $3.9 billion in wages and salaries, and produces $923 million annually in state and local tax revenue. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, each year 3.3 million people participate in hunting, fishing, and wildlife watching in Virginia, contributing $2.4 billion to the Commonwealth’s economy.

As Governor, Kaine helped preserve more than 400,000 acres of open space for recreation and conservation in Virginia during his four-year term.

“The Shit Has Hit the Fan” in the form of HR2406

by Stephen Capra

For more than thirty years, I have worked in Conservation. In fights as ranging as efforts to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, to our more recent battles to create two new National Monuments in New Mexico, sportsmen were on the front lines in defense of wilderness and wildlife. So what has happened and why are they now so determined to pass legislation that will kill so much wildlife and wilderness?

The answer is not entirely clear, but there seems to be some ominous clues: it began with the brutal years of the Bush Presidency, a time when conservation legislation was automatically dead on arrival. It was a time when pressure to drill in wild places was heavy in the air, and common sense was a memory. During this difficult time, Foundations that supported conservation decided that Sportsmen were the key to protection and the money flowed to their organizations. The results produced during this time were small; Bush was not much of a hunter, and their voice did little to protect wild places, but they garnered respect and lots of media attention.

The result has been that funding to sportsmen has continued, at the expense of many small conservation-focused organizations. At the same time, the NRA has mushroomed into a super-power in Washington, using the second amendment to threaten and cajole elected officials into permitting weapons in grocery stores and churches.

Shortly after his election to congress, then-congressman Martin Heinrich set about to solve a problem that bothered him and other hunters, locked gates on roads that led to wilderness and other public lands; thus began the road to what we now know as SB-2406.

So how did opening gates for sportsmen lead to a bill so destructive? The answer has a lot to do with Washington, and even more about the zealous nature of sportsmen and their desire to rule our public lands.

Since the passage of the Pittman-Robertson Act, (legislation that taxed the sales of guns and ammo and earmarked its revenue for state’s wildlife management programs,) sportsmen have found ways to use their power to influence policy. During the sixties, the rise of environmental awareness pushed sportsmen out of the mainstream, allowing the growth of mainstream conservation groups that focused on wildlife- without killing, which supported wilderness, clean air and water. Sportsmen were relegated more to state issues and maintained complete control over Game and Fish Departments. The NRA at this point was not on the radar.

With the Reagan and Bush years the NRA was allowed in the front door and became an important component of the Republican Party as they began a strategy of reclaiming the South and the West. The second amendment was the bullet they used to counter common sense.

With more concern about wildlife and Endangered Species programs becoming effective, Republicans and some rural blue dog Democrats began complaining about restrictions on private property. In many tight races in the West and with the rise of the Sage Brush Rebellion, such programs became a target for those who wanted access to kill all wildlife and hated government intervention.

With the election of our first African-American President, all of this came to maturation. By now sportsmen had regained momentum; the NRA would find their zenith of power attacking the President and those rural counties in the south and west, would be the soldiers of a new sagebrush blow-back. The President for his part seemed to use wildlife as a currency that he would yield on for critical votes, or reelection support for failing blue dogs and the US Fish and Wildlife Service of his administration has made clear that their efforts have been focused on removing species from endangered status.

This brings us to today. Legislation designed to open a few remote roads for access, has evolved into a plan that will permit aerial killing of bears, wolves and coyotes. The import of ivory is now acceptable, despite worldwide efforts to stop the killing of elephants; the National Wildlife Refuge System would now be redesigned to make killing of species, not protection, a priority. Gun ranges will become the mandate of National Forests and Monuments and all public land, with funds that should go to wildlife management reallocated to build them. The Wilderness Act would be undermined to allow construction of building, roads, and access by ATV’s. Bears their cubs and wolves could be killed in their dens and polar bears killed in Canada could be brought into America for the trophy-needy slobs that killed them.

This is not legislation; it’s madness.

It reflects the manner in which common sense and sound science are being destroyed in a power grab by sportsmen who frankly should be ashamed of supporting legislation that reflects not sportsmanship, but 19th century ignorance. The NRA wants to take complete control of our public lands as they have our places of worship, bars, schools and grocery stores. They want our world to be fear based and now the place we go to for solace and to restore our spirit, could become a place filled with the sounds of guns.

This legislation changed the day Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski became a co-sponsor of SB-405 the original bill, of H.R. 2406’s latest House derivative. Her record on the environment is a disgrace, her motives are to kill, conquer and destroy all that is wild.

If passed, this legislation will also set up a “Sportsman’s Committee,” which will directly advise the Interior Secretary and the Secretary of Agriculture, who manages our National Forests. They will be there representing the NRA, Gun manufacturer’s, outfitters and ammo dealers, ranchers and the usual groups designed to undermine our public land, with power to dictate policy and kill precious species, such as wolves and grizzly bears.

Sportsmen are feeling their power and showing no restraint: From the slaughter that is occurring with bison in Yellowstone, to plans to start killing grizzlies around the borders of the park, to now this legislation, common sense is not being reflected in their push for power.

This legislation has been a generation or more in the making; it started with a simply concept that has exploded into a very dangerous piece of legislation that we cannot allow to pass.

Sportsmen must also begin to question their motivations? When you blur the lines between sport and destroying a sacred trust, you lose your credibility. Sportsmen should ask for this legislation to be tabled. They should join the fight to defeat legislation that went from simple access, to transforming our most sacred trust.

Bold Visions Conservation stands with wildlife, against turning our wildlands into gun ranges, and we’ll fight every day until this legislation is killed. We understand how it happened; if this legislation does not die, and then it will be the weapon that destroys the animals and lands we all so dearly love. Such bloodletting has no place in modern America.

Such deception should not be tolerated.

Visit our new page dedicated to defeating H.R. 2406, the most dangerous anti-nature, anti-wildlife, anti-people legislation in modern history!

On this page you can read H.R.2406 and Sign a Petition to Fight H.R.2406, Watch videos on the implications of H.R. 2406 and Read and/or Contribute to our informational Blog.

U.S. House of Representatives Approves Bill Slashing Wildlife Protections

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 ‘Sportsmen’s Heritage Act’ Threatens Wolves, Elephants, Polar Bears, Birds, People

WASHINGTON— In a partisan vote, the U.S. House of Representatives today passed the so-called “Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act” that would end federal protection for gray wolves in Wyoming and the western Great Lakes. The bill includes a grab bag of additional special-interest provisions that primarily benefit the livestock industry, National Rifle Association and those who peddle elephant ivory. More than 60 conservation organizations signed an open letter opposing the Sportsmen’s Act.

“There’s nothing sporting about wolf slaughter, elephant poaching or lead poisoning,” said Brett Hartl, endangered species policy director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “In the Sportsmen’s Bill, House Republicans have once again ignored science and protected special interests instead of wildlife.”

One of the many bad provisions of the bill not only strips protection from wolves but forbids court challenges. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service illegally stripped federal protections from gray wolves in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota in 2011 and in Wyoming in 2012. Federal judges overturned both decisions for failing to follow the requirements of the Endangered Species Act, failing to follow the best available science and for prematurely turning management over to state fish and game agencies that are openly hostile to wolves. A provision in today’s bill would preempt those court decisions, stop the current appeal process, and permanently end federal protections for gray wolves in Wyoming and the Great Lakes.

A separate provision of the Sportsmen’s Act would stop a proposed regulation from the Fish and Wildlife Service designed to curtail the ivory trade inside the United States, which is the second-largest market in the world for ivory, after China. Elephant populations across Africa have plummeted due to the ongoing poaching epidemic, with forest elephants declining by 60 percent over the last decade. The illegal trade in elephant ivory funnels millions of dollars to the black market, fueling corruption and funding conflict in African nations.

“If this misguided legislation is enacted into law, elephants are likely to go extinct in our lifetime,” said Hartl. “Republicans are sacrificing one of the most magnificent animals ever to walk the Earth to protect the ability of a few rich collectors to keep their ivory trinkets.”

Similarly, the bill creates a dangerous loophole that allows trophy-hunted polar bears to be imported. Two-thirds of polar bears are expected to be wiped out by 2050 due to climate change, and the species is predicted to near extinction by the end of the century.

Another provision of the Sportsmen’s Bill would permanently exempt lead fishing tackle from any regulation under the Toxic Substances Control Act. Lead is an extremely toxic substance that is dangerous to people and wildlife at almost all levels. Animals are poisoned when they eat lost fishing weights, mistaking them for food or grit; some die a painful, rapid death from lead poisoning, while others suffer for years from its slowly debilitating effects.

“There is no safe level of lead in the environment. This provision will result in more poisoned wildlife — hardly what any real sportsmen would want,” said Hartl. “We phased lead out of waterfowl ammunition, paint, gasoline and toys. It’s time for Congress to stop catering to industry and start looking out for the health of the American people and our wildlife.”

Since the Republicans took control of the House in 2011 there have been hundreds of legislative attacks on the environment, including more than 177 on endangered species and the Endangered Species Act. In 2015 more than 70 bills targeted endangered species. Republicans also introduced legislation designed to limit the ability of citizens to go to court in defense of species. Earlier this year the Center released a report documenting a 600 percent increase in these legislative attacks since the Supreme Court’s landmark Citizens United ruling allowing special interests to make virtually unlimited campaign contributions.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 990,000 members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

Take Action to Protect Our Nation’s Wildlife

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Take Action to Protect Our Nation’s Wildlife
Dear Jim,

The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service is still collecting public comments on a proposed rule to limit predator control activities on Alaska’s National Wildlife Refuges. At stake is an opportunity to stop:

• brown and black bear trapping
• brown bear baiting
• the killing of black bears, wolves and coyotes in their dens
• the aerial gunning of bears

Please send a message to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in support of the proposal.

“They were shooting at us like if we were birds.”

Is This is what bird hunting has led us to?http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/13/europe/bataclan-paris-shooting-witness/index.html

Shooting us ‘like birds’

Pearce said he was near the top of the stage when the shooting began.

He saw two people, terrorists, he said, enter the theater, “very calm, very determined” and firing “randomly.”

They wore black clothing but no masks. He saw the face of one shooter, who was very young — a maximum of 25 years old.

“He was like a random guy holding a Kalashnikov. That’s all.”

Paul Ryan And Friends?

Just wondering… (with the KKK-type hoods, there’s no way to know for sure)…

Newly elected Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan wields the speaker's gavel for the first time on Capitol Hill in Washington October 29, 2015. REUTERS/Gary Cameron1384140_564330240283396_857016214_n

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Ted Cruz Ends Big Week Pheasant Hunting in Iowa


After a breakout moment at the third Republican presidential debate, Sen. Ted Cruz ended his week with a bang — literally — by hunting pheasants with Rep. Steve King while in Iowa.

Trekking through Iowa cornstalks in a bright orange vest, the Texas senator pondered where he might be a year from now.

“I may be hunting in Iowa but it may be for swing votes up north in October of 2016,” Cruz joked with King. “Who knows. We may have a big enough lead that come October, we figure this [hunting] is the best thing we can do.”

Cruz seemed to revel in the momentum his campaign has seen, gloating in Des Moines on Saturday that his website’s server crashed during last week’s primary debate.

“During the debate, so many people went to our website,” he said at Growth and Opportunity Party organized by the Republican Party of Iowa. “Our website is built for speed and it crashed for the first time, down about two minutes. It’s a good problem to have. It had our IT folks angry that we crashed the website, but we had it up two minutes after.”

Cruz’s big moment at the debate came when he criticized the CNBC moderators.

“The questions asked so far in this debate illustrate why the American people don’t trust the media. This is not a cage match,” he said.

Those fiery remarks drew applause and gave Cruz one of the most talked about debate moments.

His campaign quickly capitalized, issuing a fundraising blitz that it said raised $1.1 million in the first 22 hours following the debate.

Cruz said he was taking some of his donors to a Dallas Cowboys game Sunday to treat them for hitting a target the finance team set. He also described the fundraising success his campaign has seen in blue cities like Seattle, Washington.

King, a powerful conservative in Iowa, hosted Cruz along with Rick Santorum and Gov. Bobby Jindal at his annual pheasant hunt in Akron, Iowa. All three are courting King’s endorsement.

As Cruz shot two pheasants with a shotgun like the one he said he has at home, he continued his attack on the current presidential debate model. Cruz argued that conservatives should be moderating Republican primary debates.

“I’ve suggested how about a Republican primary moderated by Sean Hannity, and Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin. Now, I guarantee you would get incredible ratings for that,” Cruz said. “How about bringing in people like Glenn Beck. How about bringing in Hugh Hewitt and letting him actually ask real and substantive questions. There are a host of strong conservatives you could bring in that would engage and we’re not talking about pussycat questions. We’re not talking about easy questions. We’re talking about questions that are relevant to what Republican primary voters are trying to decide.”

On Sunday, several Republican presidential campaigns will meet to come up with a list of suggestions for remaining debates. When asked if his campaign was participating, Cruz paused and said, “Time will tell.”

While Cruz’s week ended in Iowa, it began in his hometown of Houston where he jabbed at the man many once thought had the best chance to be a frontrunner in the Republican field: Jeb Bush. While Bush met with worried donors, across town Cruz unveiled the endorsement of Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and the addition of several wealthy CEOs to his finance team.

Patrick called Cruz an “outsider” and perhaps hinted at the way the senator planned to model himself and his campaign to overcome the current frontrunners.

“People want someone to be bold,” Patrick said last Monday. “He is the outsider in this race but who understands the inside and how things work and how to achieve victory in Washington. Other people can be outsiders but we don’t really know that they’ll follow up and do what they say.”

After a week where his campaign found new interest from some voters, Cruz plans to keep the momentum going by doing what he says he has done all along.

“In every election cycle, there are candidates who shoot to the top and then fall down just as quickly,” he said. “Our strategy has always been to build on a foundation of rock and not of sand. To play the long game based on fundamentals and deep support from the grassroots.”