Though I will always question to some degree the motivation behind hunters’ conservation initiatives I find it fascinating that the current Republican Party, completely in thrall to the Tea Party budget hackers, is seriously angering one of their traditional constituencies.  Will hunting conservationists cross the aisle to a party where conservationists actually exist?  I am not holding my breath – but comments like this one from the linked blog post give me hope:

We’ve been so completely focused on gun rights for so long that I think we’ve forgotten that having a gun for many of us is pointless if there’s nothing and nowhere to shoot. Let’s get some more emphasis on the conservation side.

Here’s hoping hunters – and their organizations – agree!

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Written by Corey
Corey is a New Yorker who lived most of his life in upstate New York but has lived in Queens since 2008. He's only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasn't working as a union representative or spending time with his family. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy, their son, Desmond Shearwater, and their indoor cat, B.B. His bird photographs have appeared on the Today Show, in Birding, Living Bird Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and many other fine publications. He is also the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of New York.