Helping You Get the Most From Your Hunting Dogs
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|Nebraska, in 1995, became the 50th state to adopt legislation to prevent the harassment of sportsmen by animal rights activists. The Nebraska statute, like virtually all other states’ anti-harassment laws, was based on a model developed by U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation counsel. |
The nation’s first full-time, legal defense capability on behalf of American sportsmen was founded by the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation in 1994. The Sportsmen’s Legal Defense Fund offers expert legal services on behalf of sportsmen and wildlife managers in all 50 states and in the federal courts.
In 1996, six voter issues to outlaw various forms of hunting and trapping deluged the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance and its sportsman-constituents. The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance responded with over $120,000 in support for beleaguered sportsmen.
Hunting, fishing and trapping, in 1997, were protected for all time on the nation’s nearly 100 million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System through legislation conceived and lobbied through Congress by U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance.
The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, in 1998, came full circle to its Ohio roots with the defeat of an animal rights inspired issue to ban dove hunting in the state. The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance organized Ohio sportsmen for a $2.6 million fundraising drive. The pro-hunting effort won with a 60 percent to 40 percent margin. The pro-hunting campaign carried every Ohio county.
In 2000, the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance worked to make Wisconsin the 39th state in the nation with a dove season. It led the way in organizing sportsmen at the local and state levels to garner public support necessary to pass a dove bill, even in the face of a well-funded anti-hunting campaign.
In another dove issue, the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance worked with sportsmen’s groups in Rhode Island to derail legislation that would have ended dove hunting, a tradition their since 1955.
In 2001, the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance introduced the Trailblazer Adventure Program to encourage family involvement in outdoor sports. It is designed to expose families to outdoor activities and offer them a chance to continue to engage in these activities through a yearlong mentoring program.
Also in 2001, the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance and the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation Sportsmen’s Legal Defense Fund preserved the integrity of the Alaska Board of Game (AK); defended traditional access to Big Cypress National Preserve (FL); prevented Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) from carrying out a deer birth control study (IN); protected Pittman-Robertson funding (MI); defended dove hunting (WI) and preserved the integrity of the Endangered Species Act.
Most recently, in 2002, the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance summoned sportsmen to action to convince companies nationwide to end anti-hunting promotions. The promotions included the following:
- DaimlerChrysler stopped running an anti-hunting advertisement following a flood of messages from offended sportsmen. Comments were generated by a call to action from the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance. Three days after the Alliance’s alert, DaimlerChrysler announced that it would no longer run the ad.
- Sportsmen sent scores of comments to General Mills when it distributed free calendars produced by HSUS. General Mills heeded the sportsman’s voice. The promotion has ended and will not be resumed.
- Accor Economy Lodging will end its partnership with HSUS. This decision followed a U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance call to action that encouraged sportsmen to contact the motel chain to voice displeasure with the company’s sponsorship of the anti-hunting group.
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