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    Bass Tournaments Banned

    Senate Bill Introduced in Oregon Could Ban Fishing Tournaments

    Legislators in Oregon presented a Bill this week that could essentially make tournament fishing of any kind illegal. Senate Bill 723 is related to the unlawful taking of wildlife and prohibits persons from organizing, sponsoring, promoting, conducting or participating in contests, competitions, tournaments or derbies that have the objective of taking wildlife for prizes or other inducement or for entertainment. The bill was introduced by Senators Sara Gelser, Senator Michael Dembrow, and Senator Jeff Golden. It is a direct response to a Humane Society investigation into contest sponsored by the Oregon Farm Bureau were participants hunt coyotes in a tournament competition. Hunters are awarded prizes based on the total weight of their harvest. There has been no revenue impact study done on the bill as of yet, but law makers say they have overwhelming support for the bill. Oregon defines wildlife to exclude fish, however the bill itself did not exclude fish in the interpretation nor has any one in the Legislature come forward to rule out tournament fishing as being included in this bill. The bill also says the “taking” of wildlife which also leaves the language in this bill open to interpretation.
    Fisherman in Oregon if they can ban your right to enjoy the outdoors then what is next? You guys better get on that phone!
    Just seen this!!!!

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    If the law passes, there is nothing in place to prohibit a judge to rule that wildlife includes fish when PETA or the Humane Society files suit against bass tournament organizers a few years from now. Which is why it is wise to "NEVER let the camel's nose under the tent," as the saying goes.
    Half the world's problems are caused by people not doing their jobs and the other half are caused by people minding someone else's business.

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    Fine by me

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    Coyote tournaments need to be banned

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    Quote Originally Posted by bossbowman View Post
    Coyote tournaments need to be banned
    Why?

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    "If People Concentrated on the Really Important Things in Life, There'd be a Shortage of Fishing Poles." - Doug Larson
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    If any outdoor activity is banned, in time all activity will be banned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jboutfishn View Post
    If any outdoor activity is banned, in time all activity will be banned.
    Theres plenty of outdoor activity that is banned like hunting deer out of season or bowfishing for game fish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bossbowman View Post
    Theres plenty of outdoor activity that is banned like hunting deer out of season or bowfishing for game fish.
    There's a difference between regulations and an all out ban.

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    Im just glad this is stirring people up. If any state does anything to over step in teh regulation or ban of anything outdoor related you can bet other states will follow. Im looking at you California.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bossbowman View Post
    Theres plenty of outdoor activity that is banned like hunting deer out of season or bowfishing for game fish.
    After they ban the coyote contests they will move on the next thing they don't like and eventually they will get to say, hunting deer at any time.

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    Hope is doesn’t pass

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    WILDLIFE ONLY, no fish. Please put down the hatchets and step away from the keyboard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TampaJim View Post
    WILDLIFE ONLY, no fish. Please put down the hatchets and step away from the keyboard.
    It's not a stretch to say that most fishermen pursue other outdoor activities which makes this a big deal to them. It's also not a stretch to say that if they can successfully ban contest for "wildlife" that fish wouldn't be next on the chopping block.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bassky View Post
    It's not a stretch to say that most fishermen pursue other outdoor activities which makes this a big deal to them. It's also not a stretch to say that if they can successfully ban contest for "wildlife" that fish wouldn't be next on the chopping block.
    Why didn't you say so ... burn the witches, off with their heads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TampaJim View Post
    WILDLIFE ONLY, no fish. Please put down the hatchets and step away from the keyboard.
    Third thread on this topic.With all due respect, are you against taking of wildlife in a sporting and legal manner?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sdbrison View Post
    Third thread on this topic.With all due respect, are you against taking of wildlife in a sporting and legal manner?
    As a pure sport, yes. As a sustainable resource, I'm fine with it. Managed, of course.
    Shoot it, eat it, unless it's a nuisance animal where relocation isn't a viable option.
    I grew up this way, we actually did subsistence hunting to eat regularly. It's just fine.

    As I read the bill, it's against killing mammals for entertainment, wagering, etc.
    And the wording is very specific and doesn't include catch and release sport fishing.
    The problem with hunting for sport ... they haven't figured out shoot and release.

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    Over populated coyotes would be an ecological disaster. Zero natural predators.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rude196 View Post
    Over populated coyotes would be an ecological disaster. Zero natural predators.
    Same with feral hogs, alligators, etc. And especially our double banded rattle cobra moccasins, they are bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TampaJim View Post
    As a pure sport, yes. As a sustainable resource, I'm fine with it. Managed, of course.
    Shoot it, eat it, unless it's a nuisance animal where relocation isn't a viable option.
    I grew up this way, we actually did subsistence hunting to eat regularly. It's just fine.

    As I read the bill, it's against killing mammals for entertainment, wagering, etc.
    And the wording is very specific and doesn't include catch and release sport fishing.
    The problem with hunting for sport ... they haven't figured out shoot and release.
    Thanks for clarifying you are against hunting for fun (aka sport). I disagree.
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