Let the Forest Service know that you want to see an end to bear baiting & hound hunting in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

Please take a few minutes and send a comment to the US Forest Service asking them to end the practice of bear-baiting & hound hunting in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

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2 thoughts on “Let the Forest Service know that you want to see an end to bear baiting & hound hunting in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

  1. I contacted the USFS, national and the local northern Wisconsin USFS office re: bear baiting and use of hounds to corner bears.

    “Here is the Boone and Crockett Club position statement on “fair chase.”

    “The Boone and Crockett Club believes that the actions of sportsmen, individually and collectively reflect either positively or negatively on hunting and therefore should be guided by principles whether applying to the activities of hunting in general or for the qualification of trophies into the Club’s big game record book. As such, fair chase has been defined by the Club as “the ethical, sportsmanlike, and lawful pursuit and taking of any free-ranging wild, native North American big game animal IN A MANNER THAT DOES NOT GIVE THE HUNTER AN IMPROPER ADVANTAGE OVER SUCH ANIMALS.”” (caps mine.).

    So the question is, using Boone and Crockett’s definition of ‘fair chase,’ does bear baiting and the use of dogs in ‘hunting’ bears give the hunter an unfair advantage? The obvious answer is ‘yes.’ However, Boone and Crockett build in a loop hole in their definition; that being as long as it is legal it is okay. Laws are man made and it is my belief that the Boone and Crockett loop hole in regard to hunting bears by baiting and with dogs undermines the spirit of their own “fair chase” definition. Clearly bear baiting and the use of dogs provides the hunter with an “improper advantage.”

    However you look at the hunting of bears, if a hunter in his or heart is ethical will not bait bears so they can be ‘sniped’ nor will an ethical hunter use hounds to corner bears to be killed. Another point of view is that without a doubt, hunting bears with dogs can end in a cruel death of dogs by cornered bears that deserve better.”

    Thank you.

    David F. Schmid

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