We’d like to pass on a news release out of Alabama this morning. It’s always important to understand the law where you hunt and, apparently, there has been some confusion in The Yellowhammer State. The title of this morning’s story is, Baiting Deer Remains Illegal in Alabama, and it starts like this:
Contrary to what your buddies at the hunting camp have said or what you’ve read on social media, it is still illegal to bait deer in Alabama.
Similar to previous years, the so-called “corn” bill that was introduced in the Alabama Legislature this year did not become law. Yes, the bill passed the House of Representatives, but that’s as far as it went.
There are a couple things we need keep in mind when it comes to hunting and fishing laws:
1. We are supposed to be a country that is ruled by laws and not men. If you don’t like a law, work to get it changed. Until that happens, obey those laws. That is the reason we have the right to vote our representatives in AND OUT of office. If we do not obey our wildlife laws, we are no different than the common criminals who loot stores and homes during natural disasters.
2. If your representatives are not responsive to your needs then, truly, give the bums their walking papers. The unfortunate reality is that our representatives (I refuse to call them legislators – that is not their job description) often make laws about issues for which they have no understanding. It is most certainly okay to take the time to educate them, if you wish. Otherwise, tell them to get real jobs and find representatives who understand the issues that are most important to you.
3. Keep in mind that the guys on the street enforcing wildlife law are not to blame for what those laws demand. I call among my friends many people who have been employed by state wildlife management agencies. None of them had control over the law. Their jobs are to enforce what your representatives put on the books. Give them a break and help them by helping yourself.
At any rate, this is the current status. Forewarned is forearmed.
That’s the view from here.