Posted August 22, 2018 10:00 am by Comments

By Tom Knighton

(AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

Anti-gunners often like to try and court the support of hunters. They often claim a certain gun isn’t useful for hunting, despite having never faced a charging hog when there aren’t any tree branches low enough to grab hold of, for example.

However, many anti-gunners are also anti-hunters. They don’t think we need hunting in our “civilized” time.

I suppose that’s what New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy thought when he made life a whole lot harder for bear hunters in that state.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday ordered the closure of state lands to black bear hunting this year.

The first-year Democratic governor announced the decision with an executive order, but stopped short of unilaterally ending the hunt altogether, saying he doesn’t have the authority.

“I am fulfilling my commitment to stop the bear hunt to the greatest extent of my authority by ordering the Department of Environmental Protection to prevent bear hunting on all public lands under the DEP’s jurisdiction,” Murphy said in a statement. He also called on lawmakers to take action.

Cody McLaughlin, a trustee with the nonprofit New Jersey Outdoor Alliance, which opposes efforts to stop the hunt, estimated that about three-fifths of hunters …Read the Rest

Source:: Bearing Arms

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