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New Jersey: Gov. Murphy Says Bear Hunt Ends After 2020 Season

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

New Jersey: Gov. Murphy Says Bear Hunt Ends After 2020 Season

Gov. Phil Murphy has gotten very good at closing things down, and now the Garden State’s anti-gun and anti-hunting Governor is planning to put the kibosh on the state’s annual black bear hunting season.  He announced earlier this week that this would be the last year for the New Jersey bear hunt.  There’s only one problem.  He doesn’t have the authority to do that.  The bear hunting season and regulations are set by the New Jersey Fish and Game Council under statutory authority.

For Gov. Murphy, this is about politics, not science.  Hunting seasons are set by wildlife managers based on science.  The reality is that New Jersey has the highest black bear density in the country.  Since his ill-conceived directive to close state public hunting lands to black bear hunting in 2018 (private property remained open to bear hunting), bear complaints have increased every single month.  There are already more complaints this year than all of last year combined.  Human and bear interaction is a real problem, and the Governor’s political pandering to animal rights extremists is going to seriously endanger public safety.   

The Governor made a campaign promise before he was elected to end the hunt, not realizing he didn’t have the ability to deliver.  As a result of incessant badgering from his animal rights extremist base, he has been exploring every backdoor means to shutter the hunt.  However, the Governor’s declaration of victory this week has put the proverbial cart before the horse.  The 2020 season has already been set.  The Comprehensive Bear Management Plan, and the Fish and Game Code, both sunset next June.  The Fish and Game Council, and the Commissioner must agree on a new management plan for the 2021 season to move forward.  Before any of that happens, there is a lengthy process, including a public comment period, which has to occur first.

Again, the heavy-handed Governor doesn’t have much regard for “public comment,” and he has proven that in recent months.  The Governor may have become a little too accustomed to shutting things down by edict in New Jersey, but the verdict is still out on whether or not the 2021 black bear hunt is doomed.  Stay tuned.

Please continue to follow NRA-ILA for the latest news and future updates on the New Jersey black bear hunt.  

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Louisiana: House Passes Constitutional Carry, Now Headed to Gov. Landry’s Desk for His Signature

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Louisiana: House Passes Constitutional Carry, Now Headed to Gov. Landry’s Desk for His Signature

Today, the House voted 75-28 to pass Senate Bill 1, the NRA-backed constitutional carry legislation that passed the Senate last week.

Washington: Two Anti-Gun Bills Advance Through the Legislature

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Washington: Two Anti-Gun Bills Advance Through the Legislature

On Tuesday, February 27th, HB 2118, the “FFL Killer” passed the Senate, and SB 5444, "sensitive places" expansion, passed the House. Both bills were amended in the second chamber and now must return to their ...

Minnesota: Two Anti Gun Bills Scheduled to be Heard in Committee

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Minnesota: Two Anti Gun Bills Scheduled to be Heard in Committee

On Thursday February 28th at 10:30 am, House File 601 and House File 4300 will be heard in Room 200 of the State Office Building by the Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee and the Children and ...

Colorado: Anti-Gun Bills Continue to Move through the State Legislature

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Colorado: Anti-Gun Bills Continue to Move through the State Legislature

Two anti-gun bills continue to move in the Colorado State Legislature. HB24-1174, introduced by Majority Leader Monica Duran (D-HD 23),  is set to be heard next week in the House Finance Committee. HB24-1310 , introduced by ...

Maine: PETITION: Stand with Maine Gun Retailers

Monday, February 26, 2024

Maine: PETITION: Stand with Maine Gun Retailers

Gun Control groups are launching an all-out assault on the Second Amendment in Maine. Their most recent tactic?

South Dakota: Enhanced Conceal Carry Legislation Headed to Governor Noem's Desk

Thursday, February 29, 2024

South Dakota: Enhanced Conceal Carry Legislation Headed to Governor Noem's Desk

On February 27th, Senate Bill 203 received final passage on the House floor on a vote of 62-8. The legislation will now head to Governor Noem's desk for her consideration.

Michigan: “Gun-Free Zone” Legislation Passed in the Senate

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Michigan: “Gun-Free Zone” Legislation Passed in the Senate

House Bill 4127 and House Bill 4128, legislation that would restrict law-abiding gun owners in and around polling places, which includes ballot drop boxes, passed out of the Senate will be sent back to the House ...

Ohio: Gun Owner Credit Card Privacy Bill Passes the Senate

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Ohio: Gun Owner Credit Card Privacy Bill Passes the Senate

Yesterday, the Senate Veterans and Public Safety Committee passed Senate Bill 148, The Second Amendment Privacy Act. The bill was quickly sent to the Senate floor where it passed by a vote of 25-7. This ...

Oklahoma: Pro-Gun Constitutional Amendment Strengthening the Right to Keep and Bear Arms Passes Committee

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Oklahoma: Pro-Gun Constitutional Amendment Strengthening the Right to Keep and Bear Arms Passes Committee

Yesterday, House Joint Resolution 1034, a joint resolution proposing to amend the Oklahoma constitution to provide further protections for the right to keep and bear arms, was passed by the House Rules Committee and is ...

Maine: Gun Registries, Red Flags, Universal Background Checks and more.

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Maine: Gun Registries, Red Flags, Universal Background Checks and more.

It has been a busy week for Maine’s anti-gun politicians. From releasing a new bill that would implement Universal Background Checks and Red Flag laws in Maine, to Rep. Jared Golden (ME-02) pushing for a ...

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