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There are a lot of so-called conservationist groups in this country that claim to help and protect animals. Just turn on your TV and watch and, almost without fail, you will see an advertisement come on from some animal rights group trying to play on our emotions with some disturbing images of a dead or abused animal. Their sales pitch usually starts out with some graphic images, and then they move into something like if you just send a few dollars a month (generally it’s less than a dollar a day) you can help stop this type of abuse and all you have to do is send money. And then they go on to say that with your money, tax-deductible of course, they will use it to save an entire species of helpless wolves (or whatever is hip at the time) that are being eradicated. In fact, they will even send you a picture of one that you personally helped save.

And all I have to say is: bologna (I would use another word, but I’m sure my mother will read this article).

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Sportsmen’s groups are the only true conservationists left in this country. Animal rights groups like the ones I just mentioned do nothing with their money except spread anti-hunting propaganda and raise more money. That’s it. These so-called animal rights groups are not out installing guzzlers (water collection devices), creating ponds, planting habitat for winter range, helping with predator control or any other helpful act. In fact, they are more concerned with protecting predators than any other species. Why? It’s simple. Less game equals fewer hunters. Don’t be fooled. It’s all part of their plan to eliminate hunting.

This is one of the main reasons that I support true sportsmen-based conservation groups. These are the guys out there each and every day working to protect and improve our hunting opportunities. There are several good organizations out there, and many are here locally. Organizations like Ducks Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Pheasants Forever, Wild Turkey Federation, National Rifle Association and Idaho for Wildlife are out there day after day working to improve and protect our hunting opportunities. Each one of these organizations is in the fight for all the right reasons. If you are a dedicated sportsman who cares about future generations of hunters, then I would highly recommend climbing on board and supporting any one, or all, of these groups in any way possible.

George Warrell is the Chairman of the M-C Chapter of Idaho for Wildlife

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