Sunday, January 29th, 2023
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Candid Tricomo represents Greens in U.S. Senate race


This is the fourth and final interview in a series of articles
profiling the candidates for U.S Senate. All candidate profiles,
including the four major parties Republican, Democrat, Green, and
Independence are being posted at between now
and the Nov. 5 election.

ODN: The Green Party platform states some opposition to
trapping. How do you feel about trapping?

Tricomo: There are some indigenous folks, and nonindigenous
folks, who make a legitimate living on trapping. If traps could be
developed to kill the animal in a humane way, and in cases where
it’s a matter of subsistence, I couldn’t stand against that. That
would be like telling these Indian people in Washington state they
can’t kill those whales.

I’m a deep ecologist but at the same time, you can’t tell people
who are living off the land that the have to stop eating meat to
make you happy.

ODN: What about trapping as a management tool, say on our WPAs
or WMAs to keep predators from running rampant? In such cases
you’re often talking about people who aren’t making a living off
the land. It’s recreation.

Tricomo: Whenever I hear the word “management,” I get
uncomfortable, because we need to work with landscapes for
ecology’s sake, and not just for guys who want to do their thing
for fun two days a year. Maybe I’m not telling your readers what
they want to hear. I’m all for the return of ducks and geese, but I
can’t support what you’re describing if it’s just for the sake of a
small group of people who want to go out and shoot them up a couple
of days a year.

ODN: Wellstone supported an amendment by Sen. Robert Torricelli
that would have banned leghold traps. You would have voted for
that, right?

Tricomo: Yes, I’m sorry, I don’t like Bob Torricelli, but I
would have voted for that.

ODN: Last year Sen. Trent Lott tried to do an end-run on the
feds so his folks could get more hunting time down there. What’s
your take? Will you look out for Minnesota duck hunters?

Tricomo: Sure, this gives me yet another excuse to hassle Trent
Lott. I don’t like him.

ODN: How far would you go with gun control?

Tricomo: I’m not a gun owner, and even in the hunting realm, I
don’t like this society’s fascination with guns. I know that just
banning them won’t lower the crime rate, but I’m not thrilled about
this business of guys going out using the most high-tech weaponry
when they’re out hunting.

ODN: In many cases, you’re talking about technology that has
existed since the Civil War.

Tricomo: If I had my druthers, if a guy wants to hunt, I’d love
if they all used bows and arrows. What about all that lead from
bullets that miss their target and land in the environment? It’s
going to build up over time.

I wish we could redefine how and why we hunt. I wouldn’t be
caught dead telling you that you can’t hunt your deer this fall,
but at the same time I have a problem with lead in the environment.
God only knows how many tons of lead are out there because of
centuries of hunting.

ODN: Let’s separate the issues. If all hunters used steel like
waterfowlers, or some other alternative, would that satisfy

Tricomo: Probably.

ODN: Then are you saying people shouldn’t hunt?

Tricomo: No, I wouldn’t go that far. I’m not going to advocate
the complete banning of hunting. A vote for me is a vote for a deep
ecologist who knows there’s a place for hunting in the world.

ODN: Does that include white males like myself or just
indigenous folks?

Tricomo: No no, that includes you, too. I’m not on an anti-white
male binge. I’m a white male myself for cripe’s sake.

ODN: Let’s talk guns. Would you vote to ban handguns?

Tricomo: Probably.

ODN: Would you support a one-gun-a-month law?

Tricomo: That’s a hard one. It sounds a little silly. Specifics
like that haven’t exactly been on my front burner.

ODN: Do you support Second Amendment rights?

Tricomo: I’m not a friend of the NRA, I’ll tell you that. I
think this obsession with guns should be dealt with. I’d like to
see less of them in society. If I win this, I think we need to have
a serious conversation between those of us who have guns and those
of us who do not. Not a screaming session, but a discussion, a

ODN: Let’s talk the Lake Mille Lacs issue. I lot of the readers
of this publication are concerned about the effects that tribal
harvest plays in altering fish management of Mille Lacs. One way to
solve this is by getting a new presidential order revoking the

Tricomo: There’s no way I would support that. I dreaded this
part of the interview. I’m actually writing an indigenous bill of
rights that will call for revisiting all 400 treaties that we broke
with native people. I think that the fishermen, regardless of their
paint job, would be better off if the Mille Lacs community were
controlling this situation.

ODN: You would advocate for management of Lake Mille Lacs by the

Tricomo: Yeah. I’d like a situation where you and the Band sit
down together without resorting to this openly racist nonsense of
having the president repeal the treaty. In fact, I would strike
that clause from the treaty.

ODN: Ray, this treaty was signed in 1837, and the part that
applies to hunting and fishing rights is only one paragraph. It
clearly spelled out that these rights exist “at the pleasure of the
president.” How can you call that “openly racist” when the very
tribal representatives who were there signed off on the bottom and
said, “Yep, we agree that these rights exist at the pleasure of the

Tricomo: Here’s my answer. As several writers on the subject
have written, more often than not, things were deliberately
mistranslated to the bands, and the very term “at the pleasure of
the president” is code for, “We’re going to break this treaty

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