Louisiana National Hunting and Fishing Day
The News Star (Monroe, LA) 250 wd LTE’s to
To The Editor:
Tomorrow (9/22), the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
will celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day with games and contests
designed to lure children into the violent world of hunting and fishing.
The Department is targeting children because interest in hunting and
fishing has been declining steadily over the last decade. According to the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the number of anglers in the state has
declined by almost 20% and the number of hunters has shrunk by almost 24%
Since the Department is funded through the sale of hunting and fishing
licenses and the excise taxes affixed to weapons, ammunition and
equipment, it seeks to create a new generation of hunters and anglers in
order to make up for the nearly $155 million that has been lost over the
decade due to the disinterest in its wildlife killing programs. Let’s
change the way wildlife is managed by repealing the tax on weapons and
ammunition and replacing it with one on binoculars, backpacks, and other
outdoor-related equipment used by wildlife watchers. Funds collected from
these taxes can be dedicated toward the preservation of wildlife and the
areas where they live, making the need to depend on hunting obsolete.
Rather than suppressing their natural affinity to be kind to animals,
children should be encouraged to engage in outdoor activities that respect
nature in all her forms. To protect wildlife and the areas where they live
while simultaneously promoting a more peaceful world, please visit
Joe Miele, Vice President Wildlife Watch, Inc. P.O. Box 562 New Paltz,
NY 12561 201-880-4989
National Hunting, Fishing Day on tap Sept. 22
On September 22, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Monroe District II office will celebrate National Hunting and Fishing day.
The day will begin at 10am and conclude at 3pm. The public is invited,
with free admission, to come out and entertain themselves with the free
activities, contests, displays, and food. The activities will wrap up
around 1:30 p.m. with door and contest prizes being awarded at 2 p.m.
Activities will include fishing, bait casting, BB gun shooting,
archery, and shotgun shooting. Contest prizes for youngsters will be
awarded to winners of bait casting, BB gun, archery, and duck calling
Many local and surrounding businesses will have various displays set up
promoting different hunting and fishing equipment and recommendations.
If anyone is interested in setting up a display, you must call in
advance to one of the below numbers. All booths will be outdoors and must
relate to hunting or fishing. Tables and chairs are not provided.
For more information, please call the La. Department of Wildlife and
Fisheries, Bill Breed at 343-1241 or Dana Norsworthy at 345-3912.