Re: Rifle Merit Badge
Jim Holman (jrholman@POSTBOX.ACS.OHIO-STATE.EDU)
Wed, 17 Jul 1996 08:06:40 -0400
>The girls wrote one hard badge, but the first achievement, and the only
>required achievement was:
> 1. Pass the "Kansas State Hunter Safety Course"
The hunter safety course is an EXCELLENT idea. When I was working on
becoming qualified for rifle instruction, I took the Ohio Hunter Safety
course and went through the Instructor training for it also, although I
don't hunt or intend to. It is a 12 hour course (required for anyone under
18) and spends a lot of time on safety for all kinds of hunting (rifle,
shotgun, bow and arrow), a fairly decent section on Wildlife Management (and
not just using it as a justification for hunting) AND, the part that
impressed me a lot, a section on hunting ettiquete .. not safety, but
ettiquete.... The moral being that there are a lot of people opposed to
guns and hunting on principle and every dumb thing someone does with a gun
is just more ammunition (forgive me) for their point of view.
As a form of backlash, Ohio passed a hunter harassment protection law a year
or so ago so that anyone who interferes with legal hunting, for example by
going into the woods with noise makers to scare game, can be prosecuted.
Of course, the legislature also passed a 'vegetable libel' law so that you
can also be prosecuted by saying anything bad about a vegetable which might
harm its sales potential. As Dave Barry would say: I'm not making this up.
Jim Holman /
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