STOP the PROPOSAL to CLOSE CA STATE GAME REFUGES!
1—Leave all the State Game Refuges open as they are (no hunting allowed); or
2—Conduct proper (third party, unbiased) research to analyze the State Game Refuges and share the results of those studies with the public.
Since 1869, when
Part of the
CA State Game Refuges are one of the few designated areas where no hunting is allowed. In fact, it is illegal to carry firearms, pellet guns or archery weapons in State Game Refuge areas. In 2008, a bill was passed (SB 1166) to allow law enforcement personnel to enter refuge areas with their firearms. However, another provision of the bill mandated that
With millions of acres available for hunting in
It is a known fact that non-consumptive uses of our natural resources (hikers, wildlife watchers, birders, boaters, photographers, campers, etc.) represent a much larger group than hunters. Yet folks involved in hunting activities—less than 1% of our state’s population—are now seemingly setting the standards and goals as to how our wildlife, that belongs to all of us, will be “managed” (aka: depleted, harvested, killed, dispatched, etc.).
The closing of the State Game Refuges must not be allowed to proceed, especially without any supporting scientific research. Currently, depending upon which statements one reads,