If you all think we have it tough trying to get non-hunters to understand what we do in Virginia, think about California, a state where there recently was a campaign to oust the director of the state’s fish and game agency because he killed a cougar legally on a hunt in Idaho.
Thanks in part to a campaign by the Humane Society of the United States, California’s legislature recently banned hunting bears with hounds. This is the final season. (Hunting wild pigs with hounds will still be legal, apparently because pigs are ugly and bears are cute.)
Holly Heyser wanted to take a personal look into the issue.
Holly is a former Virginian who now lives in California. She covered politics for the Virginian-Pilot, which means she’s familiar with how things work in Richmond.
After a stint as the politics editor at the Orange County Register, she is now a journalism professor at Sacramento State. She took up hunting at 41 and is also a prolific blogger whose work definitely goes beyond the basic “I went hunting” theme. You can (and should) check out her primary blog HERE.