The designations were a project of Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California. She asked Mr. Obama last summer to use his powers under the Antiquities Act, a 110-year-old law, to create the monuments after legislation to protect the lands was thwarted by feuding between environmentalists, mining companies and hunters.
Do you have contrary information?
We can hunt the areas NOW. This cannot really improve on that in any way. And I trust skinny lil liberals about as far as I can throw them.... Obama and Feinstein have NEVER done hunters any favors.... ya never know though... maybe they'll open up a lion season there....
A good many "National Monuments" you can't hunt... offhand the only ones I've been around do not. They don't even want you off the marked trails. That there may be "at least some".... I don't see any happy endings for hunters in this. Not over time I guarantee it. This is called "a foot in the door..."...
We haven't seen all the details yet, but from what we have seen, hunts will not be affected.
The bad news is that the ability to use motorized vehicles to build, service and replace wildlife drinkers may become a challenge.
TD and Lou got it right. This is a foot in the door for the groups that want hunting eliminated. You'll get a collaborating spirit through the whole process Initially. However, you'll lose when money is the determining management factor. They are going to disguise it as always using public input. The problem will be that the entity with the most money will buy their representation.
The responsibility for wildlife management within a state belongs to the state in question.
Wildlife management means nothing if you can't access it to hunt.
By law, the management of wildlife belongs to the states in which the wildlife resides. Under the North American model, wildlife management, including hunting, belongs to the states.
yes because they have always been friends to hunters, shooter, guns owners etc ..
Feds will have first and last say as to any and all activities on land that has been re-designated. No longer any mandate to be managed for multiple use. National Monument is a half step away from National Park and normally managed by the National Park Service, they can implement any rules or regulations they feel like. It is essentially the last and most restrictive step without congress actually declaring it a National Park.
I know In northern CA the Lava Beds National Monument near where I grew up doesn't, or didn't use to, allow hunting. State had nothing to do with those regulations and no say in them. NPS can make up any regs they want, right down to allowing mining or hunting or..... nothing at all. And can do so with little to no public input.