Hunting is allowed in wilderness areas

As the President of the Washington Wildife Federation, a statewide coalition of hunters and anglers, I was disappointed to see some of our lawmakers misrepresenting the Wilderness Act.

For the record, hunting is allowed in wilderness areas. In fact, in 1978 the House Interior Committee felt it was appropriate “to offer its guidance as to how the Wilderness Act should now be interpreted as it relates to certain uses and activities … .” The committee first addressed hunting and fishing: Hunting and fishing are among the prime uses of many wilderness areas, and are permitted in all cases subject to applicable State and Federal laws and regulations (Wilderness Act, section 4(d)(8)), and such other reasonable restrictions as may be necessary under principles of sound land management.

The Washington Wildlife Federation was one of the first endorsers of Wild Sky Wilderness. As hunters, we know that wilderness provides some of the best hunting because it protects habitat and wildlife. It also results in more wildlife to remaining in the area rather than being pushed out by the proximity to motorized vehicles. Despite what some of our lawmakers will have you believe, guns are allowed in wilderness. I, along with other WWF members, have enjoyed hunting in many of our states best wilderness areas, including the proposed Wild Sky Wilderness.

While there were a number of inaccurate statements from opponents of the Wild Sky proposal, I was happy to see that Chairman Richard Pombo is willing to work with Congressman Rick Larsen to get something done.

John McGlenn, President

Washington Wildife Federation

Bellevue

Talk to us

More in Opinion

A magazine ad from the 1930s uses an illustration of a physician who recommends Lucky Strike cigarettes as "less irritating."
Editorial: Reject Big Tobacco’s plea to clear nicotine’s name

Altria wants the FDA to help it promote new products as ‘healthier’ alternatives to smoking.

March 4, 2021: Mask mandate
Editorial cartoons for Friday, March 5

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

Rep. Tarra Simmons, D-Bremerton, holds blank voter registration forms as she poses for a photo Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, at her home in Bremerton, Wash. Simmons, believed to be the first formerly incarcerated person to win election to the Statehouse, is now working to help restore voting rights to people in Washington state who are out on parole or probation after serving prison time. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Editorial: Restore voting rights to those who served time

Denying the vote to those who owe fines keeps many from fully rejoining their communities.

Everett Comics owner Charlie Knoedler and his wife Tracy talk with Everett Police Officers as they drop by to talk about the recent theft of a 4-foot tall Funko Batman Statue on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020 in Everett, Washington.  The statue was stolen in a “smash and grab” early Sunday. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Editorial: Training, support must follow policing mandates

The Everett Police Department’s use of an intervention training program should be a model for others.

The 2022 Bolt EV, foreground, and EUV are displayed, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, in Milford, Mich. Whether people want them or not, automakers are rolling out multiple new electric vehicle models as the auto industry responds to stricter pollution regulations worldwide and calls to reduce emissions to fight climate change.  (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Editorial: Goal or mandate, encourage move to electric cars

Legislation has advanced to set a goal that new sales after 2030 be of electric vehicles only.

Comment: Digital divide now clear in access to covid vaccine

Seniors and lower-income communities often don’t have adequate internet access to sign up.

Comment: What Tanden’s retreat says about ‘cancel culture’

We need to consider the range of political tolerance between criticism and cancellation.

Judge’s opinion of deputy prosecutor should carry weight

A recent story in The Herald recounted a 214-page report by Judge… Continue reading

House Resolution No. 1 protects voting rights and more

There are many urgent crises that are critical for the White House… Continue reading

Most Read