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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Ed Meyer willing to swap Sunday hunting for Boucher pot filibuster

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The state Senate is expected tomorrow to vote on the medical marijuana bill passed last week by the House of Representatives.

State Sen. Toni Boucher, R-Wilton, a passionate anti-drug activist is, as has been the tradition, expected to speak at length against passage.

Sen. Ed Meyer, D-Guilford has over the years grown more and more frustrated with how tolerant his party is of GOP filibusters at the Capitol.

Meyer today said he’d like his leaders to strike a deal. If Republicans agree to give Boucher one hour to speak against medical marijuana, the Democrats will allow a bill legalizing Sunday bow hunting to come out for a vote.

“She can say it all in an hour,” said Meyer, who, as an Environmental Committee chairman opposes Sunday hunting.

A spokesman for the state’s deer population said, “And what do WE get out of this?”

In all seriousness, I’m told no such deal will be offered.

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Brian Lockhart

8 Responses

  1. Mike Ose says:

    Ms Hornish I have to ask “Where do you get your information?”!!! Hmm..high reproductive rate of deer and bounce back. Deer are not dogs. Deer do not produce a litter. A yearling doe has a 50/50 chance of producing 1 offspring. A mature doe, depending on nutrition available, will produce 1 or 2 offspring, 3 is very rare. Control the does, control the population. A logical argument for your organization would be antlerless hunting on sunday.
    I don’t know of what literature you speak of about a 40-50% crippling rate? Oh do tell! What is the crippling rate of automobiles? Is that in your “literature”? I’m sure the auto insurance industry and the auto body shops take a different stance here.
    Pro hunting interests are 1% of the state’s population..hey you got one right! But that 99% are NOT out in our woods hiking. I’ll go on a limb here, but I think you are dealing with 1% of the 99% that actually get out and enjoy our landscape. If you are so “afraid” to be in the woods, with the ticks and coyotes and bears, stay home! Better yet, stay off my private property! That’s tresspassing! You have NO right to wander around or ride your horse wherever you want. There are plenty of non-hunting areas where you can do this. Oh and maybe you will have to pay to have access to them, Lord knows (and the general fund knows) you don’t pay a dime to what you want!
    Thanks for your time.

  2. Andy says:

    This bill is about hunting on PRIVATE land. No hikers will be in danger. How many hikers have EVER been shot by bownunters on any of the other 6 days permitted in CT? 0. Bowhunting is an effective, quiet and discreet way of reducing deer populations. Much more humane than letting them get hit by cars on the highway.

  3. littlemike says:

    And given that there are people whose only day off is Sunday, and people who observe the sabbath on Saturday, they are all effectively barred from hunting at all under this archaic restriction. Face it, neither Mother Nature nor the entire deer herd know what day of the week it is.

  4. Erik Williams says:

    “If you think Boucher’s filibuster is long and painful, try five years of chemo sickness.”
    A medical marijuana patient said that to me yesterday. I ask the compassionate Senators supporting HB 5389 to keep this in mind if they start to doubt their convictions.

    And if those Compassionate Senators are in need of a morale boost, think of all the Connecticut residents who are suffering right now, those who have been suffering for years, and all those who will become afflicted with debilitating conditions – you are doing it for them.

  5. Bob C says:

    Seriously?…I can already shoot all day on Sundays with my firearms for target practice, and regularly do so. So much for the noise issue. Sunday is a religious day? Not if I am Jewish or Muslim. One day a week so hikers don’t have to worry about being shot? Get real…check the safety record for hunting. Also, hunting is further restricted by seasons.

    This should be a no-brainer…Allow Sunday hunting so us working stiffs can hunt 2 days a week instead of 1.

  6. Annie Hornish says:

    There is no science behind utilizing hunting as a management tool for deer populations. The high reproductive rate of deer quickly compensates for declines in their populations. We see this population “bounce back” effect year after year.

    No proven link between deer and spread of Lyme Disease exists. The black-legged tick, carrier of the Lyme disease organism, has over 100 hosts, and the removal of one host will not suppress spread. Plus, ticks questing for a large host are more likely to end up on people and dogs after deer numbers have been reduced. There is a good reason why the CDC and health authorities don’t recommend hunting to control Lyme disease–because it doesn’t work.

    Bow hunting is an especially cruel form of hunting, with a crippling rate of 40-50% in the literature, meaning that about half of the deer shot with an arrow are not retrieved and killed humanely, but instead disappear, left to languish.

    Pro-hunting interests represent only 1% of our state’s population. The 99% have a claim to enjoy one day per week in safety and peace.

    Please contact your Senators and Representatives NOW to stop this bill in its tracks.

  7. Natalie says:

    1) Overabundance of deer is due to select deer management to provide good hunting to collect revenues from hunting licenses
    2)Damage – if deer weren’t managed to increase their population, there would be no such problem
    3)Deer are not responsible for Lyme disease – and neither are the small mammals that carry the spirochete bacterium. The blacklegged tick is the only link – were it not for the tick, there would be absolutely no way of transmitting this bacterium (Lyme disease).
    It is logical to allow bowhunting on Sunday, really? I guess it all depends from whose perspective, right?
    An extra day of bowhunting, if indeed it will be an extra day and not an alternate day, will make no diffrerence in any of the above – it is strictly for recreational purposes. Bowhunting has never, nor will it ever be an effective deer management tool.

  8. George says:

    Given 1) the state’s current over-abundance of deer, 2) the damage they cause to landscaping and automobiles, and 3) their proven link to the spread of Lyme’s Disease, it seems perfectly logical to allow bow hunting of deer on Sundays.