Our support of pro-hunting bills is key to bringing hunters into the fold. Those that hunt have considerable familiarity with their arms and the capacity to reach for them when the need arises for self-defense - their guns become dual purpose tools.
Indeed, many of us here who tend to think of ourselves as primarily proponents of self-defense, also engage in hunting, sport shooting, and cross train. We are natural bridges to a very large segment of the gun culture in Virginia - adding this bloc of voters to VCDL could easily double, triple, or more the membership roster. In order to do that, we need to show them a return on their commitment - satisfy the 'what's in it for me' question. The very best means to accomplish that is to get solidly behind bills that have a potential return for hunters.....and succeed in getting them passed.
As a footnote, point of discussion, hunters contribute a ton of money to the economy - this must repeatedly be bought up in our discussions with the members of the GA. If properly mobilized, hunters could swing a big hammer. An organization backing such bills as presented will only add to their effective, positive image.
There are those that eschew permits for personal carry, the same w/o a second thought will pay their money for a hunting license (permit.) Think that it would be a very interesting concept if no license where required for taking certain nuisance species: groundhogs, crows, and a few others. We could accomplish a double whammy by eliminating the requirement to have a CHP to carry in state forests during hunting season.
I like these bills that Peter has drawn to our attention. I will promote them and speak up for them at every turn. The first (coyotes) takes a slice out of no Sunday hunting - it opens the door. The second is not a penalty to dog hunters, but makes formal what should have been automatic = common courtesy and honoring private property.
Did you hear about the new adventure movie coming out?
It's tentatively titled as the Hunt For Red October Virginia.