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The C.A.S.H. Courier
ARTICLE from the Winter 2008 Issue
Protection From Hunters Needed
Herman Lenz, a longtime C.A.S.H. member in Iowa, has suffered from a lack
of hunting laws to protect people who live where there is hunting. We have
weapons that now shoot farther and are more lethal at a distance. There are
more homes in rural areas, and people with high powered weapons who can be
anywhere without reporting their presence. Herman came up with the excellent
suggestions here after years of being victimized. C.A.S.H. sent Herman’s
suggestions to members of the Natural Resources and Judiciary Committees of
both the Iowa House and Senate. 65 letters in total were mailed out. We ask
our IA members to please follow up. If you are in another state, please
consider going for similar legislation.
As residents of Iowa are contacting us asking for help, we urge you to
craft a bill or a series of bills to protect citizens in your district and
across the state of Iowa from abuses by hunters.
SIGNED PERMISSION LETTERS TO HUNT FROM LANDOWNERS
Hunters must carry dated and signed permission letters from landowners
while hunting on or shooting into their property. They must produce the
letters upon demand by enforcement personnel or landowners’ neighbors.
Failure to do so will be a felony and conviction will result in one year in
prison and a minimum fine of $1,000. Forged or falsified letters will double
Law enforcement agents should initiate the charges rather than the
Rationale: Property owners fear retaliation and often do not press
Monies collected should go to the enforcement department
Rationale: This will be an incentive to the personnel of police, sheriff
or conservation departments to enforce the law.
BLAZE ORANGE REQUIRED WHILE HUNTING
Blaze orange should be worn while hunting regardless of species hunted.
Wearing white and camouflage while carrying a firearm or another weapon
should be illegal.
Rationale: The public should have a right to know where rifle toting
people are lurking for their own safety.
OUTLAW HUNTING WITH A FIREARM THAT HAS A PROJECTILE DISTANCE OF OVER
Outlaw hunting with a firearm that has a projectile distance of over
one-half mile. Hunting with centerfire rifles should be outlawed.
PROHIBIT THE DNR FROM LENGTHENING SEASONS FOR “SMALL GAME”
Rationale: The lengthening of seasons must be done through the
legislature and the regulatory powers of the DNR must be curbed. The DNR’s
lengthening of fox and coyote seasons, for example, presents a hazard from
firearms to the public for a long time during the year. To allow the DNR the
leeway of lengthening seasons is to cut off the public from any control over
their own safety. It is well-known that the DNR sets seasons on behalf of
the hunters and firearms industry and the public’s only recourse is through
its elected representatives. We ask that the legislature take back control
from the DNR by restricting its season-setting regulatory powers.
ENFORCE THE LAW AGAINST THE USE OF MOTORIZED VEHICLES FOR CHASING
While there is a law against the use of motorized vehicles to chase
animals, the practice continues to be done. The use of motorized vehicles
should be a felony offense carrying a year in prison and a $1,000 fine and
the law needs to be enforced and incentives offered to enforcement officers.
Rationale: The use of motorized vehicles creates further noise, pollution
and hazard to people, pets or agricultural animals.
The bill proposals above have been crafted after hearing the concerns of
Iowa residents who feel that their safety and rights are being compromised
by hunters. Please contact me at your earliest convenience so that we may
work together on this important matter. Your reply will be greatly
- Joe Miele