Hunters Rally At Capitol Against SB1221

California News, Bear Hunting Magazine

Members of the California Outdoor Heritage Alliance say taxpayers will pick up an unexpected tab if bear hunting with hounds is banned. Several hundred bear hound hunters rallied at the state capitol yesterday against a bill on the governor's desk that would severely restrict the use of dogs to hunt bears and bobcats.

Opposition is being led by Butte County Republican Congressional candidate Doug La Malfa. He says the state would lose $400,000 a year in bear tag license fees and would have to pay professional hunters to cull the bear population. He asks, "Do we need to be paying the government to hunt when we have people who are a productive part of the economy who are willing to do it on their own and follow the rules and guidelines that are in place?"

No word yet on whether the governor will sign the bill. Governor Brown has until September 30th to sign or veto the bill. He has signed 22 bills into law, but vetoed two so far.

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