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Here’s a photo that my buddy Ronny Boehme passed along. He and his wife were recently vacationing in England. She typed “things to do in London” into a search engine and they found this place.  This sort of sign used to be common in U.S. cities back in the 1800s and early 1900s. Back then, wildlife was shot and sold on publicly held lands with no restrictions or limits or seasons — and with no thought toward future generations. In fact, market hunters pretty much annihilated our nation’s stocks of turkey, deer, and waterfowl. And they drove the passenger pigeon to extinction. It wasn’t until the 1930s that we put together a suite of conservation laws that banned the sale of wild game. For the most part, our stocks rebounded very quickly. In England, they can still sell wild game. But that country has an entirely different management system. Game is privately owned, and only the wealthy can hunt. (And just try to buy a gun there, which is a whole other story.) Public land opportunities for deer are virtually non-existent. Today, some folks would have us return to the European system by privatizing our nation’s wildlife. As proud American hunters, it’s our job to stop them.