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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Armes speaks out regarding dog-deer hunting ban

  • State Rep. James Armes wants hunters across the state to know the fight isn't over concerning the ban of dog-deer hunting on Kisatchie National Forest land.
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  • State Rep. James Armes wants hunters across the state to know the fight isn't over concerning the ban of dog-deer hunting on Kisatchie National Forest land.
    "Even if we have to fight it all the way to Washington, someone will hear us," he said. "If we stick together, we will make this happen."
    Armes is referring to the United States District Court Judge Dee Drell's ruling last week upholding the ban on Kisatchie National Forest Land, with prejudice, meaning the disposition is final, and the plaintiffs will not be able to bring a new lawsuit to the courts on the same subject.
    "It is heartbreaking, a low blow, and a cheap shot to all of the hunters in our state, which is known for being the sportsman's paradise, that a federal judge can make a ruling to restrict deer hunting with dogs in federal land," Armes said.
    Armes has defended dog-deer hunting on Kisatchie National Forest Land, starting when the United States Forest Service announced the possibility of a ban roughly four years ago.
    Armes said that the purpose of the national forests are to provide residents with the opportunity to hunt, fish and enjoy outdoor activities, starting with former President Franklin Roosevelt in the 1940s.
    "President Roosevelt came up with the great idea of buying large areas of land for this reason," Armes said. "Around Vernon, Natchitoches, Rapides and Avoyelles parishes, our forefathers sold land for this purpose."
    Now, Armes said last week's decision "takes our heritage away.
    "What is next, squirrel, rabbit, coon and hog hunting with dogs?" Armes continued. "Or, will it be taking away fishing on their creeks, camping, or horseback riding?"
    Armes maintains that the fight is not over, and dog-deer hunters are accepting
    "The fight is not over," he said. "I will make a promise to the great sportsmen in this state that I will lead a fight against the politicians who are out of touch with the people who have fought and died for this country, and gave land so we could enjoy this part of our state, and the heritages we have."
    Those wanting more information, or to make donations, are asked to call Armes' office at (337) 238-7004.

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