Gov. Noem’s “Second Century Initiative” features a massive trapping program for young South Dakotans in hopes of increasing interest in hunting and fishing. While I am an outdoorsman, I do not condone this practice.

A better alternative is to teach youngsters how to safely hunt. Most importantly, they ought to be taught to only shoot when certain of a clean kill, one relatively painless to prey. One shot is all that should be required. Furthermore, hunters should eat what they kill. This is how a sportsman takes game.

Trapping is inhumane. Animals suffer pain for extended periods so the trapper can pocket a bounty and the meat is often wasted. Who wants to eat an animal that laid beneath the hot sun awhile?

Given recent reports on the loss of species, we should avoid killing wildlife. There are humane alternatives for dealing with troublesome wildlife. See the USDA Department of Agriculture’s Factsheet on Nonlethal Management of Wildlife Damage https://www.aphis.usda.gov/publications/wildlife_damage/content/printable_version/fs_nonlethal_mgmt.pdf.

We often don’t understand the role of a species in our ecosystem as evidenced by the positive effect of returning wolves to Yellowstone. Short-sided decisions should be avoided.

(12) comments

LAZER

l am in Total Agreement. It is Sick that a Governor of any State would want to do this. Inflicting pain. What an Evil Person! Anyone that TRAPS is NOT a Sportsman/Sportswoman. Sick, Sick, Sick. THE GOVERNOR should call for a Law outlawing Trapping. But, she is a Republican. Republicans DON'T do the decent things!

DLJohnson

Mark Winegar and Lazer: I am having a hard time understanding why you live in the mid west, one of the last frontiers of our country. Mountain men, trappers and frontiersmen headed west from the urban centers of the east to expand this great country. Trappers brought in their pelts to be made into warn clothing for those back east. In other words expanded commerce. We learned how to provide comfort and ease to humans from the resources of this great land. For the most part this was done, and continues to be done, with respect for those resources. Unfortunately there have been some who have exploited those resources without any respect. You two are so out of touch of the history of how we obtained things in our past. I am sure that you are so brain beat to believe that every thing comes from a store with no thought of how it got to that store. You are so brain beat to only believe that taking the life of an animal in the wild has to be sport. Why do people like you have to turn everything into a problem about politics? I respect your right to enjoy nature however you want. You need to respect others' right to enjoy legal activities in nature including trapping. Remember peaceful coexistence only requires that I accept that you are entitled to and have an opinion. It does not require that I agree with it or submit to you expressing it upon me. Now you need accept others' opinion, you don't have to agree with it or submit to it, but you do need to accept that they are entitled to their opinion, DLJohnson

GBR SD

Nice history lesson...as in the past, not relative to today's activities. We don't need to trap to "make warm clothing" anymore. So before you knock anyone's opinion maybe you should bring yourself up to speed with how things get to the store now (hint: it isn't from our youth trapping).

DLJohnson

GBR SD: Since when is knowledge learned in the past not relevant to current activities? So, are you one of those people who everyday erase everything learned in the past and meet the daily situations anew with no experience or references on how to deal with them? Don't be so quick to discount the past.

LAZER

Early Settlers had to Trap for Food, to sell skins. It was a Livelyhood. Not just fun. We don't need to do this anymore. Why would you want to cause great pain to any animal? Sadistic! You certainly can't call that Sport. Unfortunately, there is NO hope for you. It is even a waste of time for me to write this. NOTE: I don't HAVE to RESPECT anyone's RIGHTS! Now, I can't DENY THEM...and you are DENIED writing what you wrote. As for ACCEPTING OTHER OPINIONS: I know you don't ACCEPT Mine, nor does PRESIDENT Trump and his followers DON'T RESPECT Obama's, Pelosi's or any opining different from theirs. I don't RESPECT YOU.

DLJohnson

Lazer: You write that you do not have to respect anyone's rights. I didn't get the memo that you are the center of the universe and that everything revolves around you and your narrow minded views. So, if you don't have to respect anyone's rights then others don't have to respect your rights, correct? I can tell that the world between your ears is pretty messed up. A classy person would acknowledge that another person is entitle to his or her opinion, while not agreeing with it, and also acknowledge that he respects that other person's rights. You clearly declare that you do not have any class. And so ends the lesson.

RIP Common Sense

Sorry DL, but it is you who could use the history lesson. Trappers nearly killed a number of species (beaver) to near extinction "back in the day." I grew up in Yankton, and I hardly consider the midwest the last bastion of frontier that you claim it to be. That window closed back in 1890 according to historian Frederick Jackson Turner. I have hunted. I fish. And I'm teaching my kids the same. But anything resembling trapping, baiting or treeing an animal isn't hunting. It's gratuitous killing, at best, and a waste of animal and earthly resources.

DLJohnson

RIP Common Sense: You and I have very different vision of what trapping is and why we would want learn it and use it. Let me know how it would turn out for you if you find yourself in a survival situation without your shotgun, rifle, or fishing gear. Help is a long ways away and they don't know that you are in trouble. Would you attempt to trap animals to to save yourself......wait....how could you do that if you did not learn how to trap. I guess you are just one of those people who would give up and just die or let his family die. FYI- I do believe that the gratuitous killing and wasting of animals is discussing and consider it criminal.

RIP Common Sense

Come on, DL. The days of Jim Bridger are far behind us. And again, as someone who grew up in the middle of the corn and soybean fields of South Dakota, if I ever found myself in the predicament you described, I'd probably take 2 hours to walk to the nearest town as opposed to taking 4 hours to devise a trap. Then I'd wait another several days to actually trap something. I currently live in some of the most remote area in the lower 48. I can see the value of what you're talking about purely from a survivalist perspective. But trapping isn't hunting. Very little of what I see from "hunters" these days constitutes true hunting. And as much as I abhor cell phones, I possess one. And it would take emergency responders 3 minutes to ping my phone and find me. If you feel like you need to learn these skills to potentially save your life one day, I'm fine with that. Knowledge is power. But let's please refrain from calling it hunting.

LAZER

I believe you are a gratuitous killer of animals for the fun of it.

DLJohnson

More evidence that the area between your ears is in serious trouble. Perhaps you need to hug a bunch of trees to get right with the world.

Ar223

DLJohnson, There are some people who just want to cause a fuss just to get noticed. The plan the govenor used in my opinion wasnt the best, it didnt hurt but could have been done differantly. Habitat improvement in my eyes would have done more to increase the population of the pheasant and also other animals. There is a good side to the trapping program as it helps to control the type of animal that has the most contact with people. Coons, skunk,opposium,fox,coyote carry some sort of parisite or illness that wll tranfer to the family pet. I bet not many people have seen a coyote starve in the cold of winter from mainge. What a cruel way to die, starving and freezing to death becouse they have no hair to keep warm. This is transmitable to your family dogwho beleve it or not may have more contact with wildlife than they think after the sun goes down. Trapping is just a tool just like a knife at a steak house. If you choose to not to use it dosnt mean eveyone else shouldnt either.

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