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Hunters Feel They’ve Lost a Voice in California Fish & Game Commission

The Sacramento Bee

Resignation of California Fish & Game Commission member causes worry among hunters and anglers.

December was a somber month for California hunters and anglers. California Fish & Game Commission board member Jim Kellogg resigned after serving 14 years, according to The Sacramento Bee.

Kellogg was a fighter for hunting and fishing rights, but at age 72, he felt the need to hang up the towel.

Kellogg told the Bee, “It’s the way the state of California is headed. I’m not she sharpest tool in the shed, but I’m smart enough to see that hunting and fishing is not a top priority with people in today’s world like it was when I grew up.”

Kellogg isn’t the only one to go. Recently, Commission President Jack Baylis stepped down, and Sonke Mastrup, executive director, left for another job.

Hunters and fisherman are worried that a government that once served as a voice for sportsmen and women will begin to cater more towards animal rights activists.

California hunter Gary Flanagan told the Bee, “Right now, I’m very much concerned…. because there is a strong and vocal group out there that is anti-hunting and fishing.”

The battle between hunters, fishermen, animal rights groups and environmentalists in California is nothing new. But, it’s not looking good for the former. Slowly but surely, the later has chipped away to gain legislation that favors their views and ideals.

“When I grew up, a young kid, a boy especially had a BB gun in one hand and a fishing pole in another, spending all their time outdoors,” he said. “In today’s world, the kids spend all the time sitting on the couch with a remote control in one hand and a cellphone in the other. It’s just a different world today, and I understand that. I just got tired of being on the other side of that and figure someone else can do it for a while.” Read more here: Bee.

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Hunters Feel They’ve Lost a Voice in California Fish & Game Commission