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Winning access battle key to hunting's fate

The future of hunting may well rest as much with gaining access as with securing more habitat.

Updated: January 17, 2006, 11:41 PM ET
By James A. Swan, Ph.D. | Author of "In Defense of Hunting"

In November, the Raincoast Conservation Foundation shelled out $1.35 million to acquire the guide-outfitting rights to five contiguous hunting regions composed of more than 20,000 square kilometers along the central British Columbia coast north of Vancouver Island.

Raincoast, in conjunction with the six Indian bands that occupy the territory, intends to put an immediate end to all commercial hunting in the area.

British Columbia residents may continue to hunt the area, but the coalition ...

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