The Reality of Hunting
In the century since Fish and Wildlife was formed, tens of millions of animals have been hunted, trapped and killed in New Jersey. Many millions more have been wounded, crippled and left to die.
Former DFW Director Robert McDowell wrote the following:
"The Division will continue to explore ways to increase recreational opportunity for deer, wild turkey, waterfowl, upland game and furbearers, as well as to expand youth hunting programs."
This quote sums up DFW's attitude toward wildlife. Instead of protecting and cherishing wildlife, DFW looks at wildlife as nothing more than moving targets. The arguments that they put out to the public to make their case for hunting (starvation, public health, public safety, etc.) are merely smoke screens aimed at hiding the real issue and attempting to make their killing more palatable.
In the chart below is a sampling of the species DFW calls "game."
**Not all species have "seasons" because their numbers are currently below what DFW deems a huntable threshold. Many of these animals are endangered because of hunting.
|Brant||Gray Fox||Opossum||Sora rail|
|Canada Goose||Gray Squirrel||Partridge||Tundra swan**|
|Clapper Rail||Jackrabbit||Raccoon||Wild Turkey|
|Coots||King Rail**||Red Fox||Woodchuck|
|Cottontail||Light goose||River Otter||Woodcock|
The more educated people are about wildlife preservation issues, the clearer it becomes that DFW and FGC are at the root of the problem. They victimize and demonize wildlife to further their agenda.
APLNJ created a PowerPoint presentation on Wildlife Mis-Management in New Jersey. Seventeen slides provide a short, but comprehensive view of hunting in New Jersey. It introduces the players, money connections, state policy, debunking myths, and explains what you can do to help. To view the slide presentation, please click here.
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