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On Tuesday, February 8, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors passed a motion in a 3-2 vote to amend the County Code of Regulatory Ordinances "to allow a mentored, youth-only wild turkey hunt at William Heise Regional Park" in Julian.

Supervisor of the Second District, Dianne Jacob, put the motion on the floor. She argued that the amendment will not set a precedent because it will only permit a maximum of six children to kill turkeys on county park land (three on day one, and three on day two). She suggested that the board return for a "second reading" to revise the ordinance to reflect the limitations.

County counsel Thomas Montgomery then explained, "You cannot modify the ordinance at this point because it would not then be able to take effect prior to the hunt," scheduled for March 19 and 20.

Fourth District supervisor/vice-chair Ron Roberts opposed the motion, not because he stands against teaching children to hunt, but because the amendment will "fundamentally redefine what a county park stands for."

Pam Slater-Price of the Third District said she is a vegetarian who would never hunt, but she does not condemn hunters. She opposed the motion that she supported the prior week because at the time she thought she was approving a hunt involving six children, and she is not in favor of opening the door to hunting in county parks.

Twelve county residents spoke in opposition to the amendment. Kath Rogers of the Animal Rescue and Protection League argued that a youth turkey hunt will not teach respect for animals. Bonnie Gendron of Back Country Coalition pointed out that people feed the turkeys and the parks are surrounded by human habitation. She asked, "Which county park is next?"

Four county residents spoke in favor of the amendment. Jim Conrad of the San Diego County Fish and Wildlife Advisory Commission argued that "hunting is ethical, wholesome, and mainstream America."

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MsGrant Feb. 10, 2011 @ 11:13 a.m.

I hope this does not happen. I wrote a letter to the San Diego Union Tribune opposing this and they published it in the Sports section on February 3rd. This is just an opportunity for hunters to try to open up county park land for hunting - for them. To use children to further their agenda is horrific.

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SurfPuppy619 Feb. 10, 2011 @ 12:30 p.m.

Youth turkey hunt?? I have never heard of such a thing, but I am no hunter.

I think having children running aorund with live weapons is not the best idea either.

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MsGrant Feb. 10, 2011 @ 12:48 p.m.

They are promoting it as teaching the children to be stewards of nature. By killing. When will these people ever stop? They are using the old tact of "well, the turkeys will over-populate and starve". I say "let 'em". It's not our place to control the turkey population on county park land by use of gunforce. And to put it in the hands of kids to try to legitimize it!! As an aside, the picture in the paper of the turkeys showed happy, fat, uncrowded turkeys just minding their own business. If hunters want to use county land to "sharpen their skills" maybe they can practice on each other.

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MsGrant Feb. 10, 2011 @ 1:02 p.m.

Jim Conrad of the San Diego County Fish and Wildlife Advisory Commission argued "hunting is ethical, wholesome, and mainstream America."

This should read "hunting is immoral, male-dominated, and back-woods America." They just want the revenue generated by issuing hunting licenses, not to mention the mutual support by these groups for the politicians that are in favor of this. It's disgusting that animals have to die at the hands of children so that politicians can generate financial support come voting time and assist these groups in furthering their agenda, which is to open public park land for ADULT hunters.

This is a park. A park is a sanctuary for people, plants and ANIMALS. Hunting is NOT welcome here.

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Jill Ballard Feb. 10, 2011 @ 8:08 p.m.

Since all 5 supervisors made a point to say they did not oppose hunting, I must believe they have been bought. Is it really possible that all 5 genuinely endorse hunting?

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MsGrant Feb. 11, 2011 @ 7:24 a.m.

No. I do believe that they think the majority of voters endorse hunting and therefore are protecting their asses while still taking a stand against this, which is the height of hypocrisy. I am with you, thrill. You can still "buy" votes without the outright exchange of campaign contributions. This is why I have no respect for most politicians.

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EricAB Dec. 5, 2011 @ 2:39 p.m.

To those who opposed this hunt when it took place:

The San Diego Board of Supervisors is meeting again this Wednesday (December 7, 2011) to decide if there will be another of these wild turkey hunts in William Heise Park.

If you opposed the first hunt and wish you could have helped stop it, please attend this meeting and voice your opinion to stop them from making this an annual event.

The meeting will take place at 9 AM in the San Diego County Administration building located at 1600 Pacific Hwy # 260, San Diego, CA 92101-2400 in room 310.

There will also be a meeting on January 25th, 2012 to discuss this matter.

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EricAB Dec. 5, 2011 @ 3:42 p.m.

One typo in my comment. The proposed hunt this time will be in the Santa Ysabel Preserve, not in William Heise Park again.

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