California Anti-Hunting Bill Passes; Headed to Senate

California Anti-Hunting Bill Passes; Headed to Senate

As long as you're in California, there's never a lack of drama.


That continued to hold true as Senate Bill 1221 — the hotly contested piece of legislation that would ban the use of dogs from bear and bobcat hunts — advanced on its way to a senate vote after being passed 44 to 29 this week by the State Assembly.



The vote stands as another notch in the belt of the many anti-hunting groups (PETA, anyone?) that have backed the bill, with full support from Democrats in the California Assembly like Ted Lieu, who authored the bill.

The anti-hunting constituency has continued to have its way, even forcing the removal of Dan Richards, former president of the California Fish & Game Commission, for his participation in a legal cougar hunt in Idaho this February. The Humane Society of the United States has also been a huge supporter of the bill, taking a stand against what they've called the undue brutalization of animals.


Assemblyman Anthony Portantino toldĀ the Mercury News, "This is about a key issue of terrorizing wildlife unnecessarily. It's about terrorizing a bear with no recourse but to be brutalized."


California hunters aren't buying it, though, as they see a clear attack to hunting rights in general with SB 1221.

"There's a bigger agenda behind this bill," Republican Assemblyman Jim Nelson told the Mercury News, "and that is to diminish, if not destroy, hunting in California."

The tension doesn't appear to be on the downturn, as the U.S. Sportsman's Alliance and hunters across the state plan their next move. Stay tuned for updates.

Recommended for You

Smaller and lighter, sub-gauge shotguns are making a resurgence in the turkey woods. Guns

Sub-Gauge Shotguns for Turkey Hunting

Larry Case

Smaller and lighter, sub-gauge shotguns are making a resurgence in the turkey woods.

Boost antler growth on your deer property with these food plot tricks. How-To

How to Supplement Antler Growth with Food Plots

Jeff Johnston

Boost antler growth on your deer property with these food plot tricks.

Having just the right amount of lightweight gear can make or break a hunt. Find out the best way to pack for a backcountry trek! Camping

What's In Your Backcountry Pack?

Tracy Breen

Having just the right amount of lightweight gear can make or break a hunt. Find out the best...

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

2018 Petersen

2018 Petersen's Hunting Episode 12: High Plains Elk

David Draper teams up with Fred Eichler to hunt elk on the high plains of southern Colorado.

2018 Petersen

2018 Petersen's Hunting Episode 16: Cedar Break Bucks

Kevin Steele treks to the cedar breaks and coulees of north-central Nebraska for a shot at a big prairie whitetail.

2018 Petersen

2018 Petersen's Hunting Episode 10: Snowbound Chamois

Host Brittany Boddington gets more than she bargained for on what turned out to be a grueling, snowbound and extremely physical hunt for chamois in Romania's Carpathian mountains.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

From trajectory to penetration to recoil, we evaluate this cartridge for the big-game use case. Ammo

Is the .308 the Perfect North American Big Game Cartridge?

Richard Mann

From trajectory to penetration to recoil, we evaluate this cartridge for the big-game use...

Which are the best states to hunt for black bears? I have compiled a list of several great black North America

Best States To Hunt For Black Bears

Joseph von Benedikt

Which are the best states to hunt for black bears? I have compiled a list of several great...

We evaluate the four factors in determining whether a cartridge is viable for long-range hunting: trajectory, wind drift, impact velocity, and accuracy. Ammo

Is the .308 a Viable Long Range Cartridge?

Keith Wood

We evaluate the four factors in determining whether a cartridge is viable for long-range...

See More Stories

More News

After more than four decades, the Yellowstone grizzly bear is being removed from the Endangered News

Yellowstone Grizzly Bear to be Delisted from ESA

Kali Parmley - October 02, 2017

After more than four decades, the Yellowstone grizzly bear is being removed from the...

We've lost 2.2 million hunters since 2011. Here's how to help save hunting.
 Photo Credit: Matt News

The Hunter Decline and How We Can Fix It

Andrew McKean - August 20, 2018

We've lost 2.2 million hunters since 2011. Here's how to help save hunting. Photo Credit:...

You look at the photo of him grinning pensively, as if just a touch of worry is in the corners of News

Poachers Pay More with Boone and Crockett's New Plan

Frank Miniter - October 03, 2016

You look at the photo of him grinning pensively, as if just a touch of worry is in the corners...

See More News

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save.

Temporary Price Reduction.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

×