For years, sportsmen in Virginia who regularly head to the woods in the late winter and early each spring to collect shed deer antlers were violating a state law.
And very few hunters—and not all game officers, for that matter—were aware of the obscure regulation. That’s because under a strict interpretation of the Virginia statute, possession of all wild animal parts (without a permit) was strictly forbidden.
Like many other states currently dealing with sharp declines in historic bobwhite quail populations, Pennsylvania is looking at ways to help the species rebound to its former levels. And last week, the state Board of Game Commissioners took a rather drastic step toward that end, giving preliminary approval to a closure of the bobwhite quail season statewide beginning with the 2010-11 seasons.
Sometimes here at the Outdoor Life Newshound, the blog just writes itself. And this week we have received an especially wonderful gift from a highly unlikely source—one of the country’s most radical environmental organizations, the Center for Biological Diversity.
Based in Tucson, Ariz., the Center for Biological Diversity has made a name for itself primarily as an environmental litigious entity. Over the years it has successfully blocked everything from public land timber sales to expansion of water projects in the West through creative use of lawsuits and the court system. Probably the single largest target of this sue-happy group is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which can hardly even utter the phrase “endangered species delisting,” without hearing from a bevy of briefcase-toting CBD lawyers.