March 10, 2015 – by Dominic Aiello, President
“Thanks to the Oregon Outdoor Council’s efforts to educate legislators and unite sportsmen and women there is more buzz about sportsmen related issues in the Oregon legislature than any time that I know of.” – Legislative insider, March 2015
With that said, I have a challenge for you! I challenge you to be optimistic about the future of hunting and fishing in Oregon. I understand, Oregon’s historic treatment of sportsmen and women was plenty of reason to have been pessimistic, but as Bob Dylan coined, The Times They Are A-Changin.
Stay optimistic, educate your hunting friends, family, and co-workers, and tell your legislators to support you and roughly 700,000 fellow Oregonians that share our lifestyle (click here to email your legislators)!
Now, moving on to the promised update.
Constitutional Amendment for the Right to Hunt & Fish
Current status, Phase 1: We just finished gathering signatures at the Central Oregon Sportsmen’s Show, and let me say I couldn’t be more pleased with how eager our community is to sign the petition!
We’re gathering signatures for four petitions, all of which achieve virtually the same thing but are worded slightly different. The purpose of this is so that we can obtain four different ballot titles and poll Oregonians to see which has the best opportunity of success. To obtain ballot titles we need approximately 2,000 signatures for EACH petition or essentially 8,000 total signatures.
In 30 days of a 100% limited volunteer effort, we’ve obtained 6,000 signatures! We anticipate turning these signatures into the Secretary of State for verification in the very near future.
We previously published a list of sportsmen related bills introduced in the 2015 session (see the list here). We’re EXTREMELY pleased to let you know that each and every single one of these pro-sportsmen bills are still moving forward (plus some new additions). While large swaths of bills have already been declared dead, this is not the case with the bills we’ve been working on.
Here is a short list of a few of the most important bills still moving forward:
I’ll say it again, The Times They Are A-Changin. . . this time to the benefit of our lifestyle.
P.S. There is no better time than now to support the Oregon Outdoor Council. Why? Simply put, there has never been a time in Oregon’s history that sportsmen have been so well represented in Salem! Join today and receive a very handy 53 lumens flashlight for free!