Monday, January 9, 2017

Attack on Vermont Sportsmen's Bill of Rights (Oppose House Bill H.6)

Anti-hunting-shooting-fishing advocates and their supporters in the Vermont Legislature are quickly moving to use H.6 to dismantle your Vermont Sportsmen's Bill of Rights
To oppose the House of Representatives enacting anti-hunting-fishing legislation, you can call the Sergeant of Arms at 802-828-2228 and leave the polite message 
"No to H.6, respect our Vermont Sportsmen's Bill of Rights" for the House Government Operation Committee Chair Maida Townsend (D-South Burlington) and 
Vice-Chair Ronald Hulbert (R-Milton).

H.6 is a bill introduced that would allow the City of Montpelier to ban public use of the Berlin Pond.  No kayaking, no canoeing, no fishing, no trapping, no migratory bird 
hunting on the pond, which the Vermont Supreme Court has ruled is an open body of public water.  Vermont's Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an 
official ruling that there is no scientific reason to ban the recreational activities above stated.  

The Berlin Pond lies completely within the Town of Berlin and the citizens of Berlin have voted they want the pond to remain open for public use for the previously related 
activities.  If Montpelier succeeds in enacting H.6, municipalities all over Vermont will seek charter changes to circumvent the Vermont Sportsmen's Bill of Rights.  
Towns will act to restrict hunting, including trapping, establish their own hunting and fishing seasons or licenses.  Our Vermont Sportsmen's Bill of Rights will be useless.
The House Committee on Government Operations members list is found below and can also be contacted at 802-282-2228: