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The C.A.S.H. Courier
ARTICLE from the Fall 2007 Issue
Ask Uncle Joe
By Joe Miele
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Dear Uncle Joe:
We, us trappers, have been preparing all year for trapping season.
You folks should participate for a few years and then make an informed
opinion of the activity. It is highly regulated and only the hard working
participate in it. We have an appreciation for the animals we harvest that
other sportsman and non sportsman have cannot share in. On example that
maybe you can appreciate...beaver are now view by many suburbanites as a
pest and a problem...”get rid of them”. Before trapping laws changed, which
made trapping more difficult, beavers were viewed as a special viewing
Our experience has indeed given us an informed opinion of trapping.
We regularly receive calls on our wildlife help line from people looking to
assist wildlife and domestic animals who have been injured by traps.
We have seen animals, alive and suffering, with Conibear traps clamped
across their faces, abdomens and genitals. Given the indiscriminate
and inexact nature of trapping, there is no trapper who can prevent such
things from occurring.
Additionally, trapping is perhaps the most unregulated wildlife activity
of them all. In Ohio there are no bag limits on how many furbearers
can be killed during trapping season (with the exception of otters), and
when coyotes are the victims, there are no kill limits and no closed season.
If anything, this is the complete absence of regulation. Sadly for wildlife,
this is true in more states than just Ohio.
Your “appreciation for the animals” puzzles me. Maybe you “appreciate”
the $14.50 you can expect to get from a coyote pelt (that was the 2007
average in Ohio) but to millions of people, coyotes are priceless. Hopefully
you will be able to see that one day.
Dear Uncle Joe:
I read your letter in the paper and you don’t know what youre
talking about. In the early 1970s the (NJ) fish and game council under the
recomendation from the fish and game biologists stopped the hunting of black
bears to the low numbers of bears in the wild. in 1997 the bear population
rose dramatically and with newer technology in keeping track of bear
populations warrented for hunting to once again control bear numbers while
providing recreational oppourtunities to the sporting public. The descision
to hunt black bears like all species hunted is that it is about using the
best science available to balance wildlife numbers that the land can support
while allowing those who take the enjoyment of hunting and trapping pursue
the recreation of thier choice, this is the land of the free isnt it?
America is the land of the free if you dont like to hunt you dont have to
but I do so DONT TREAD ON ME, I am a free man that can make my own choices
in life, if you dont like it move to france.
Yes, the NJ Fish and Game Council did end the bear hunt in the early
1970s, but that was because hunters were killing bears faster than they
could re-populate. Had the hunt not been suspended, you hunters would have
pushed Ursus Americanus to extinction in the state. That’s been a theme with
you folks ever since the dawn of time, and it is why the Lacey Act was
established in 1900 – to protect wildlife from hunters who were wiping them
out (see the history of the Passenger pigeon, a bird driven to extinction by
hunters after once being thought to have been the most populous species in
As for your claims of using “the best science available to balance
wildlife numbers,” you must know that this “science” is used to manipulate
wildlife populations for the benefit of hunters who want to kill animals,
and Fish and Game which wants to collect license fees. This is the only
“science” involved with modern wildlife management; it is a “business” and
not a “balance.”
I’m not sure what France has to do with bears in New Jersey, but I too am
a free man and I am free to change the things that I do not like.
That’s the essence of America, isn’t it? The right to change the
things we don’t like is something that all of us should defend, no? Seems to
me that hunters such as you who do not want to acknowledge the right of the
public to influence government would be better off living under a
totalitarian regime where all dissent is crushed. That’s the most
anti-American thing I can think of.
Dear Uncle Joe:
Please post this for all members to see. Hunting IS tranquil,
for 99.9% of the time you are sitting/standing still in the wild, observing
nature. If one is lucky, they may get to see a family of cute deer go
by. We are not cold blooded killers, we don’t kill any animal or any
deer even. I myself chooses to harvest a large antlered deer when I
get the opportunity. Please reconsider your fight! I feel as
though you are out to ruin others lives. I would be completely broken
hearted if I could not hunt. I don’t try to stop anyone from doing what they
consider fun. Why is there always someone trying to stop me!?
Find something better to do, enjoy life, you’re wasting it trying to ruin
In many cases what you say is correct – that the majority of time spent
“hunting” is done doing things other than killing, gutting, etc., but as the
target species changes, the amount of time spent killing changes. Coyote
hunters spend more time killing than moose hunters do, squirrel hunters kill
more often than coyote hunters, and prairie dog hunters kill more often than
squirrel hunters. So it is all relative.
I’m sure there are other things you can do that you’d find fun. Since you
love the outdoors, why not find enjoyment in wildlife photography, or
hiking, or camping? The only parts of hunting that we’re looking to stop are
the parts that contribute to environmental degradation and killing. Reading
signs, sitting in a tree stand and observing wildlife is fine with us. Rest
assured that I’m not out to ruin anyone’s good time, unless the only way
they can have a good time is by killing and bringing suffering upon others.
i’m not going to votes for animals right or send a donations if a
animal kill a human being they shall get the same pentaly
Dear Uncle Joe:
I have been hunting and fishing all my life. It will continue to be a
family event that I will pass along to my children and grand children.
If you want to stop something, get your priorities in order. You have
people killing and terrorizing people everyday in the US. Soldiers are
dying fighting terrorist. Go after those things…they are more
important than your present cause. When you get those things solved,
then worry about other stuff.
Besides, animals die of disease when they become over populated.
Hunting is one of nature’s control of over population. Would you
rather those animals die starving or from disease? And hunting accidents.
Compared to the people that hunt, those numbers are minute. You’ve put
a lot of effort in your cause. Get a worthy cause. Leave my culture
Yours is a specious argument, I’m afraid. What is “important” is
subjective and highly individualized. You say the fight against
terrorism is important, but plenty of people believe that fighting against
the destruction of our environment and the exploitation of wildlife is more
important, since it is unlikely that terrorists will have a direct effect on
the public the way environmental degradation will. What C.A.S.H. feels
is “important” is that we do something to make the world a better place.
By advocating for wildlife we’re working toward a better world with less
violence and suffering, and therefore less terrorism.
If you read through the back-issues of the Courier and look at our
website (I know you have it bookmarked, don’t you?), you’ll learn that
wildlife overpopulation is intentionally caused by state fish and game
agencies. By artificially manipulating hunted animal populations they sell
more hunting licenses, as well as encouraging sales of weapons and
ammunition. When this happens, the game agencies make money and the
weapons industry makes money. That’s all they are interested in.
Think about this for a moment – how come the only species that are said to
be “overpopulated” are the ones that Fish and Game agencies set hunting
seasons for? I’ve never heard of hawks or salamanders being
overpopulated, most likely because Fish and Game does not make money from
For a more detailed explanation, please see the articles posted to
And while more people die in car accidents than are killed while hunting,
automobiles are a vital and irreplaceable (at this point in time) part of
society. Hunting is not necessary in any way and could be eliminated
tomorrow without any long-lasting negative effects.
While automobiles are part of our culture (touché!), there is nothing
about culture that is sacred and cannot be eliminated. The Mayan
culture practiced human sacrifice. Part of the culture in ancient Rome
was to feed Christians to the lions. Oriental cultures crippled girls
by binding their feet. Some African cultures still practice slavery.
If a cultural practice is cruel, inhumane or significantly harmful in some
way it should be eliminated as quickly as possible. The cultural practices
that we’re fighting strongly against are hunting and the exploitation and
abuse of wildlife and nature by state and federal hunting agencies.