Authorities Should Hold Extremists Accountable for Seizure of Public Land

Eight major hunting, fishing, and conservation groups are condemning the extremist takeover of Oregon's Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

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Oregon
Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership

Washington, DC -(AmmoLand.com)- For the last several days, as reported by numerous news outlets, a headquarters facility at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon has been occupied by an armed group of extremists from outside the state.

This ongoing occupation represents a seizure of public land that American hunters and anglers find unacceptable.
The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and seven major sportsmen's groups—the Wildlife Management Institute, Trout Unlimited, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, Public Lands Foundation, Berkley Conservation Institute, Snook and Gamefish Foundation, and Dallas Safari Club—are united in condemning these unlawful actions and have issued the following statement:

“Many citizens of the West—sportsmen and women included—take issue with some public land management decisions, but there is a legitimate process, well-established by law, to provide significant opportunity for public input and influence on these decisions. When an extreme minority uses lawlessness and threats of violence to occupy public land, it threatens the rights of many for the benefit of very few—a profoundly un-American course of action. We want to thank refuge employees, public land management employees, and law enforcement personnel for their dedicated service during this incident, and we’d urge authorities to uphold law and order by bringing a peaceful resolution to the occupation and then by bringing these armed extremists to justice.”

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge was established by Theodore Roosevelt in 1908 as a preserve and breeding ground for native birds. The refuge provides essential habitat for more than half of the Pacific flyway’s migratory waterfowl, as well as sandhill cranes, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, and native redband trout. It is typically open to hunting and fishing—but not today.

More than 23,000 hunters and anglers have signed a petition opposing the seizure of America's public lands.

Help protect public lands and Roosevelt’s legacy—learn more at sportsmensaccess.org.

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About Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership:

Inspired by the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt, the TRCP is a coalition of organizations and grassroots partners working together to preserve the traditions of hunting and fishing. Ensuring sportsmen’s access to quality fish and wildlife habitat safeguards the $646-billion contribution that sportsmen make to the American economy.

For more information on the TRCP, please visit our website at www.TRCP.org.

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Eric
Eric
4 years ago

People all interpret their land uses differently . Look at your local zoning and property tax , the biggest case of Fascism and socialism. Having to pay to use your own land and pay for other peoples kids to get educated and yes I blame my parents and grand parents for allowing this to happen. The Federal income has been perverted into the middle class destroying instrument. Now fast food workers think they are worth $15/hr plus healthcare . Many people are going to lose jobs when fast food dies. Then inflation is going to roar , government pensions need… Read more »

Rogue
Rogue
4 years ago

I certainly believe in the constitution. I am an Ex Marine. Do I completely understand what this standoff is about, No, I definitely don’t. What I do know is that I love to hunt and Especially Elk hunt but don’t live in a state where it can be done. I am a working person so in the 65 years of my life I have only managed to Elk hunt 3 times. During those few 3 weeks of my life I was able to use those federal public lands out west that are open to most anyone. Had it not been… Read more »

JohnC
JohnC
4 years ago

Tex I agree with you on this, and I support the statement condemning the Conservation area building takeover.

J.R. I am sad for you. Our government and all of the departments are far from perfect, but I support them and American citizens should too. If you don’t, just leave.

rokflyer
rokflyer
4 years ago

To rogue, actually you are much more enlightened than some of our goggle eyed brethren. The national lands are for all of us to enjoy. Unless, you can go buy a half million acres on your own, this is a great deal. I suppose you think ammon, (the rich kid Bundy), and his brother, are gonna let you come in and hunt, fish, and enjoy this area. Or the logging company goons won’t run your ass off, if caught on their turf. They want to make money. It’s all about the money boys. Do you not understand that state owned… Read more »

Bob Sadtler
Bob Sadtler
4 years ago

This is about a man being dragged off to jail, AFTER HAVING ALREADY SERVED HIS TIME, because a petty, malignant judge has a vendetta. If the TRPC and these “eight major hunting, fishing and conservation groups” want to serve him up to the government, then they are no better than the judge himself. SCREW ‘EM.

These clowns DO realize that Roosevelt was a bloodthirsty lunatic who pissed away lives under his command for his own military glory, right?

Bob Sadtler
Bob Sadtler
4 years ago

This about a man being dragged off to jail, AFTER HAVING ALREADY SERVED HIS TIME, because a petty, malignant judge has a vendetta. If the TRPC and these “eight major hunting, fishing and conservation groups” want to serve him up to the government, then they are no better than the judge himself. SCREW ‘EM.

These clowns DO realize that Roosevelt was a bloodthirsty lunatic who pissed away lives under his command for his own military glory, right?

james
james
4 years ago

Before giving corrupt and complicit gov’t actors and big, often extra national industry, more ammo with which to steamroll small landowners with critical op-eds like this, one should give equal coverage to following the money behind the actions against the Hammonds and others. Like Harry Reid’s financial involvement in the Cliven Bundy debacle there are similar Big Money players involved in this scandalous go-round. There are huge Australian (and other) mining interests involved in the area that could go forward were it not for environmentalists and these “pesky” ranchers/private land owners. Gold and Uranium deposits are at stake in that… Read more »

JR Bailey
JR Bailey
4 years ago

Rogue, I’m sorry to see that you do not believe in the Constitution. I’m sorry to see that you believe in the old axiom that ” might makes right”. That is the axiom by which the federal government operates, as have been seen for the last 25 to 30 years, throughout both Republican and Democrat administrations. The alphabet soup federal agencies, that is the bureaucracies, no longer adhere to the rule of law: they do what they please, when they please, to whom may please, and if you make the mistake of getting in their faces, they will come after… Read more »

Rogue
Rogue
4 years ago

Myself like millions of others don’t really understand exactly what is going on here. However, I do know Federal land belongs to all of us whatever State it happens to be in. Some states feel they can better manage the land but can they really? Manage it better for who? I feel Federal lands should stay that way, Federally owned. As they are, they are generally accessible by anyone within reasonable limits. If the state takes them over it’s hard to say what will happen to them. They could even end up being sold or at the least become off… Read more »

motljoe
motljoe
4 years ago

ALL THIS LAND IS SUPPOSED TO BE GIVEN TO THE PEOPLE ; THE FEDS AREN’T ALLOWED TO OWN IT.
Make the Feds give the land to the states unless already given to private folks . Then the states can grant it to whomever has possession . Kick the Feds out of the states .

TEX
TEX
4 years ago

Ammon Bundy is off the wall nuts ! Even after the Hammonds told Bundy they want nothing to do with him, he stays ! It’s like Bundy is telling the Hammonds you are going to get my assistance whether yo want it or not ! During the Bundy ranch grazing thing in AZ I was with them 100%,but not this ! All this moron is doing is hurting law-abiding firearms owners and people who have grievances with the federal government over legitimate issues ! If he expects to leave Oregon a free man like nothing has happened he is crazier… Read more »

lostwoodradio
lostwoodradio
4 years ago

More than 23,000 hunters and anglers have signed a petition opposing the seizure of America’s public lands again the criminals that are doing this would be the foreign corporation known as blm dept of interior fish and wildlife etc you wanna be hunters wanna hung ask a land owner but you wont get permission from me to many of you criminals have trespassed shot animals left em lay shot up property enough you have no say in another property and crying for a foreign agencies to go in armed and take land by murdering flooding and falsely imprisoning ppl with… Read more »

lostwoodradio
lostwoodradio
4 years ago

and we’d urge authorities to uphold law and order by bringing a peaceful resolution to the occupation and then by bringing these armed extremists to justice.”
there are no authorities upon this land
and this would be the blm and all other foreign agents to be arrested

WarriorClass III
WarriorClass III
4 years ago

If this isn’t a government operation, it must be a dream come true for them. The Bundy Ranch stand-off put some crow down their throats that they’d like to shove back at the militias. The militias that were at the Bundy Ranch identified certain agents provocateur trying to cause divisions amongst the various groups that came to support the Bundy’s. The Bundys were advised of the situation and the provocateurs were pointed out to them. What surprised everyone in the militias was that the Bundy’s picked these very same trouble makers as their personal security on the Ranch. And now,… Read more »

Sovereign_Citizen
Sovereign_Citizen
4 years ago

Yes, there is a process to do things. The issue at hand is that the government does not follow it. Anyone who a modicum of sense and critical thinking can see this with only a cursorary glance into the whole story here.

Not an issue really though, I was a member of some of these groups…no more. There are many people who are beginning to see who is on the side of the people and who are on the side of the government and they are not the same sides anymore.