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Michigan Dove Hunting Still Under Attack!

Thursday, February 10, 2005

In a recent email alert, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) restated its goal of gathering enough voters` signatures to put the future of Michigan`s dove hunt on the 2006 ballot.

In previous anti-hunting campaigns, HSUS has used paid signature gatherers to qualify issues for the ballot; it appears that they are using the same tactic in Michigan. This sheds the light of truth on their claim that the anti-dove campaign is a grassroots effort.

NRA and other sportsmen`s groups worked with key lawmakers in 2004 to pass legislation that made Michigan the 41st dove hunting state. Sportsmen are now being called to action to save the hunt.

The recent merger of HSUS and The Fund for Animals should be of serious concern to Michigan`s hunters.  The new group has a war chest in excess of $95 million to spend advancing their anti-hunting agenda--and dove hunting in Michigan is one of the first targets.

Sportsmen should start now to protect dove hunting.  Talk to your fellow hunters and shooters and make sure they know what HSUS is up to, spread the word that this isn`t just about dove hunting--it is about all hunting.  Talk to your friends and neighbors and help them to understand the real agenda of the anti-hunting groups.

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