We found this news to be of potential great concern to all
hunters, whether they hunt on public lands or not. This is from the
U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance. Read it, and see what you think…
As a result of a recent anti-hunting court ruling, the U.S.
Forest Service is starting a formal review of its Management Plan
for the Huron-Manistee National Forest to consider banning hunting
with firearms in some areas.
In September, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the
Forest Service’s regulations required that it consider banning
hunting with guns on lands designated as “semi-primitive.” The
Court found that the noise associated with gun hunting could harm
the quality of the recreational experience of hikers, backpackers,
and cross county skiers.
Just as troublesome, the Court ruled that the Forest Service was
required to consider closing these areas to gun hunting in places
where there is other public, non-Forest land nearby that is open to
gun hunting. This could require the Forest Service to close lands
currently open for gun hunting when other state or federal hunting
lands are opened.
The court ruling has prompted the Forest Service to start a
formal review of the Huron-Manistee Management Plan. Primarily, the
review will focus on whether or not hunting with guns should be
banned on the “semi-primitive” areas.
Sportsmen will be given opportunities to submit comments to the
Forest Service throughout the review process.
“This court ruling is a major threat to hunting on these lands
and across the country,” said Rob Sexton, USSA vice president for
government affairs. “Anti-hunters will likely use this ruling to
try and force the Forest Service to ban gun hunting on other Forest
On October 26th, the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance and a coalition
of 19 other leading conservation groups sent a letter to the Forest
Service requesting that it rewrite the regulations the Court used
to render the anti-hunting decision.