We’ve all had our criticism of President-elect Donald J. Trump–I’ve certainly had mine. But I do hope he governs conservatively. Given some of his brilliant nomination picks, we may have less to worry about. However, time will tell how he governs. Let’s hope he succeeds.
One issue where Trump gives me little concern is his pledge to preserve America’s fishing and hunting heritage. He posted the following on Facebook recently:
“Honoring the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt, we will conserve and protect our beautiful natural resources for the next generation – including protecting lands for anglers, hunters and all who enjoy the outdoors.”
This is one promise Trump will most likely keep, God-willing.
To get more of a preview of what this will entail, here’s a excerpt from a recent Star Tribune article on the subject:
Less apparent is what Trump’s ascendency to the White House might mean for the Interior Department and also the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which operates within Interior.
How this massive and broadly powerful bureaucracy shapes up under Trump is critically important, as representatives from at least three forces will vie for control: the extractive industries such as coal, gas and oil; politicians who want to sell federal lands, starve them of management funds and/or revert them to state control for eventual sale to individuals or industry; and — the wild card here — the strongly held conservation views of Trump’s eldest son, Donald Jr.
Donald Trump Jr, the article adds, will help keep his father in line with promoting true conservation:
“Hunting, fishing, and the outdoors was something that I got into at a very young age. My grandfather got me into the woods and wanted me to see a different side to the life I was living, being a city kid from New York. He saw all the advantages of coming from a successful, wealthy family but also saw the pitfalls and wanted to make sure I was able to experience the other side of life. He was a blue-collar electrician, from what was then Communist Czechoslovakia, and from the age of 5, he would take me with him for six to eight weeks every summer, and it was a simple, ‘There’s the woods. Go play until it’s dark.’ ”
“I’m actually probably the first graduate of the Wharton School of Finance to take a year off, right after college, to move out to Colorado, where I worked at a bar, and hunted and fished for the year, just to make sure I knew what I was getting myself into in my day job here at the Trump Organization. … I’ve spent probably half a year of my life and then some, just living in the back of my truck. If I wasn’t able to camp out or get into the bush, I was sleeping in my truck, fishing all over that part of the world. I love the Rocky Mountains. I love all of those areas, and I know them intimately. … So you can be assured that if I’m not directly involved [in the administration] I’m going to be that very, very loud voice in [my father’s] ear. Between my brother and myself no one understands the issues better than us. No one in politics lives the lifestyle more than us. And we are going to do whatever we can to make sure that any kind of Trump presidency is going to be the best since Theodore Roosevelt for outdoorsmen, for hunters, for our public lands, and for this country as it relates to anything in the great outdoors.”
Under the current administration, hunters and anglers have been threatened by the EPA with lead bans on tackle and ammunition, restrictions on legal gun ownership, and endless harassment by activists who seek to undermine these activities.
When Trump assumes his role come January, anglers and hunters should have much to celebrate. Here’s to more hunting, fishing, and loving every day.