I’ve read plenty of articles in Canadian sporting publications that state that in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C., moose populations are almost nil because of year-round, 24/7 hunting by Aboriginal and Metis groups shooting any game, regardless of the season, or the animal’s age or sex.

I’m sure others are doing it too, but they can be prosecuted if caught. Our gutless federal and provincial governments refuse to do anything about it and our game warden’s hands are tied.

I’m sure many people are aware of the hunting camps that go up around Merritt by mid-August. Anything that moves day or night is shot, while licensed hunters can’t hunt until Sept. 10, and by then it’s lean pickings. Unless you get the limited entry hunting draw you have two weeks in November for an immature bull, which is a joke as I haven’t seen an immature moose in six years, and very few mature ones.

Traditional hunting rights, spot lights, unregulated hunting, killing pregnant cows and does in April and May when they are about to calf just doesn’t make sense.

At the rate we are going, soon there will be nothing left. Anyone interested in hunting and fishing should be speaking up on this issue — sticking your head in the sand won’t make it go away.

Paul Komonoski