- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 12, 2001

Talk about trying to brainwash an unsuspecting public, the animal rights group, Fund For Animals, is airing commercials on various radio stations that suggest the reason you are now seeing so many deer in or along highways is because hunting seasons are open and the hunters are chasing those poor deer into busy traffic and, well, you can imagine the rest.
What a bunch of phonies.
Hunters have nothing to do with deer being seen where automobiles normally zip by. The split-hooved lovelies are there whether there's a hunting season or not. Be honest now. Can you recall seeing deer in February, March, April, May, June, July or August? Of course you can and there isn't any deer hunting under way then.
I heard the commercial on my erstwhile favorite radio station, WMAL-AM. The station that once was home to old morning-drive "friends" Harden & Weaver, now allows itself to be manipulated by the animal rights movement. For shame.
The commercial announcement appears to be innocent enough when it cautions you to be on the lookout for deer this time of year, which is good advice what with the buck deer now thinking mostly of sweet female deer and in their quest of romantic conquest often throwing caution to the wind and consequently running smack into the path of oncoming auto traffic.
But Fund for Animals a misnomer if ever there was one since the group collects contributions mostly for itself, not animals warns that the deer are out there because inexperienced, armed youngsters are in the woods. I suppose FFA wants you to believe that those firearms-toting novices are organizing deer drives so the animals can be chased onto highways.
What a disingenuous attempt to swing the non-hunting public into the camp of people who worship at the altar of animals.
Shame on Fund for Animals, and shame on WMAL for accepting such insincere trash.
Virginia netters told to stop Christmas comes early for recreational striped bass anglers. The Virginia Marine Resources Commission will close the commercial striper season at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow . A note from the Coastal Conservation Association/Virginia says, "That means no more nets for recreational fishing boats to dodge. There are less than 100,000 pounds [of stripers] left in the commercial quota and at the current rate of harvest, that should be met or exceeded by the 12th of December. The remaining striped bass tags will be worthless after that date which is sure to elicit protests from those who were saving their tags for the larger fish that are now coming into the Chesapeake Bay. Virginia's commercial fishermen have already exceeded their 97,000-pound coastal quota of big fish for 2001 six-fold. This was done by shifting tags and catch effort intended for smaller bay fish in favor of the larger coastal stock."
But the CCA/VA and other recreational fishing groups are worried that the powerful Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission will correct the watermen's Atlantic striper overfishing by reducing Virginia's Chesapeake Bay rockfish allocation and half of that belongs to the sport fishermen. "If that happens, recreational fishermen will receive half of any reductions, which would severely impact Virginia's $135 million recreational striped bass fishery," says Richard Welton, executive director of the CCA/VA. "This is not a commercial-only issue, so it is good to see that the VMRC is closing the commercial season before it gets worse."
Bassarama show next month
What its promoters bill as the "world's most exciting fishing show," Bassarama will be Jan. 25-27 at the Richmond Raceway Complex in Virginia's capital. Special guest appearances by professional bass anglers Shaw Grigsby, Taco Bland, Jeff Coble, Guy Eaker, Hank Parker, Woo Daves, Dustin Wilks, Mike Hicks, Forrest Wood, Terry Baksay, Rick Morris and Curt Lytle have been scheduled. Admission is $8 (children under 12 are free; those 12 to 16 pay $3). Come and see the latest bass fishing tackle, bass boats and equipment. For more information, call 540/898-0832.
A videotape for women hunters A 30-minute VHS tape, "Hunting with the Women of the NRA," might make a fine stocking stuffer for a lady that either already hunts or would like to start. The video takes you through the basics of hunter safety, then explains various firearms and ammunition selections, and of course includes fine footage of women in the outdoors, pursuing wild turkeys, ducks, deer, even wild hogs. The tape costs $9.99 if you're an NRA member, but $19.99 if you're not. Shipping and handling is extra. Call 800/336-7402, to order.

Look for Gene Mueller's Outdoors column every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday, only in The Washington Times. E-mail: [email protected]

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