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November 24, 2008

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The Governator Reprises His Role as a Villain, Wins Top Honors

Field & Stream has named California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger the winner of the 2008 Heroes & Villains Face-Off—as a villain.

Playing the rake is not new for Gov. Schwarzenegger, whose first turn as the Terminator saw him working to destroy the world instead of saving it. And the governor’s win will not come as any surprise to fishermen in the Golden State, where funding for salmon and steelhead restoration has been dramatically cut despite sharply declining populations for years. During the governor’s tenure, the chinook salmon fishery in California collapsed, and on May 1, 2008, commercial and recreational salmon fishing were both banned along the West Coast in California and much of Oregon. 

But the governor has not limited his influence to fish and fishermen. He’s also signed a ban on .50 caliber rifles, and on his watch the percentage of licensed hunters in California has dropped below 1%.

Gov. Schwarzenegger beat out fellow villains Pamela Anderson, Paul McCartney, PETA president Ingrid Newkirk, Vladimir Putin, Nancy Giles, Bobby Brown, and Kirt Darner.

Furthermore, Gov. Schwarzenegger proved that villainy can outrank heroism. F&S distinguished Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as a hero—she not only endorsed the traditions of sportsmen while campaigning as a vice presidential candidate, she is an active hunter and fisherman herself. Moreover, Amy Poehler rapped about her shooting a moose on Saturday Night Live. What better way to inspire a new generation of hunters? 

Country music star Miranda Lambert took hero of the year. She is a hunter who relates her love for the sport in her songs, and who donates game meat to Hunters for the Hungry. Other heroes included Boo Weekly, Eliza Dushku, Emma Watson and Tom Felton of Harry Potter fame, and New York senator Charles Schumer. The senator's selection came as a surprise to many gun owners because of his support for gun control over the years. He got the nod for backing a Farm Bill measure to give farmers grants for opening more land to hunters.

To read more about all of the 2008 F&S heroes and villains, see “A Year in Review: The best (and worst) of hunting and fishing” in the Dec. ’08/Jan. ’09 double issue.

Comments

varmintcaller

Old Lizard Face Schumer a hero? Yeah, just like Kennedy, Boxer,Finestein, and Pelosi. Get Real! Your mag just went into the round file.

JD

Schumer. A hero. He wants to ban ALL the guns, people.

"We're here to tell the NRA their nightmare is true! ... We're going to hammer guns on the anvil of relentless legislative strategy. We're going to beat guns into submission!"

-- Rep. Charles Schumer on NBC Nightly News Nov. 30, 1993.

Also (taken from the Michael Bane blog)

Schumer testified before an April 5, 1995 Judiciary Committee hearing on the meaning of the Second Amendment.

Schumer sputtered: “There is no constitutional question here… If anyone tried to sell the baloney we’ll hear today, they would be arrested for consumer fraud. The NRA’s Second Amendment is an empty cereal box in the marketplace of ideas…”

Further, Schumer said the belief that the Second Amendment was an individual right “is poisoning our political dialogue… The sickening fruit of this poisonous lie are obvious in our society…. Like flat earth fanatics, Second Amendment fanatics just don’t get it… It does not guarantee the mythical individual right to bear arms…”

There's your hero. Do you understand?

Woodpiggie

I recall Chuck "U" Schumer going balistic over the NRA's plans to open a restraunt on Times Square NYC, that would have video games depicting safe, lawful, recreational use of firearms. This cat has a way to go before this hunter/shooter can say Hero and Schumer in the same sentence without gaging!

Fred

We need to be very careful tossing around the term HORO! After all just look what open borders, amnesty Juan Mc Cain turned out to be!

muddog

News Flash.....

Sara Palin is NO Friend of the those who enjoy the outdoors, simply shooting Moose does not make one a "Friend" of mine, and I hunt, fish, back pack and rock climb. When will people wake up?!!. The second ammendment is importamt but if that is your litmus test then I suggest you read the REST the Constiution AND see where so called "Friends" of hunters vote on other issues.

Anyone who is so ignorant to think ANY politician is going to take aways your guns has been on the NRA website way to long. The last 8 years have done more to infrnge on your "Rights" than in the last 50.

What is with the "Hunting" crowd that still is so single issue????.

Wake up folks...

paul

Anuld is worse than a rino. He is a kennedy!!

CJ

Muddog

Since your link points to a liberal website, I presume you are one of the liberal Democrats that are in such over-abundance in the People's Republic of Oregon.

Why is it that you liberals continue to bash Sarah Palin when she lost out in the election and your boy Obama won?
For the same reasons that you bashed Bush when he was not even running? Fear maybe?

Sounds to me like you Democrats are 'sore winners' in fear of a conservative turnaround after a couple of years of Obamamania wears thin.

I think Palin was a flash in the pan and will be out of the vocabulary soon enough. Critics will only keep her in the news. Think about it...

I recommend you liberals stick to issues or you will end up like the Republicans --- losers.

Dick

I had the entry above about Sarah Palin and the Pebble mine. Let's see if the links work this time without brackets. It's worth reading.
http://tinyurl.com/6xa6pf

http://tinyurl.com/5senuq

http://tinyurl.com/6gbyvt


jmm

Hunting,fishing,camping,hiking are all great sports. When you eat a steak,cattle have to be killed and just because you didn't do the killing doesn't make you any more righteous than if you went out and shot one yourself. There are too many extremists out there like the sierra club morons. Next, they will be thinking of a "green way" to cut your toenails. I've read where they are being taken over by vegetarians, and people who are pushing an agenda against hunting, fishing,etc.

Andrew

No one cares about all your little links to lefty journos, Dick. Why don't you go read a book or something?

Gary

Chuck Shumer a hero? I think I am going to be sick!!! Trust me he didn't give a hoot about hunters when he voted for the farm bill. Say good bye f&s.

Dan from MN

Chuck Shumer? Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. You f*c*ing fuds are going to insure that all we'll have left to hunt/defend ourselfs' with is a foam bat if you keep it up.

KingFisher907

Due to the glorification of chucky 'shooomah' I will NOT renew my subscription to F&S...kiss my ass F&S!!!

TeamSarah

Why is it EVERYTIME some Paper or Magazine writes something GOOD about Sarah Palin, the obamaites come out like the "Night of the Living Dead". I SAY THANK YOU FIELD AND STREAM and I will send a post to TEAMSARAH and I am sure you will get new Subscriptions! I plna to get mine started and sending others to my sons for Christmas gifts!!

Ron Devito

If a liberal is upset with something Sarah Palin did, that means she did something right and should continue along her current course. ;-)

Lenny

SCHUMER!?!?!?!?! Incredible....I'm tempted to subscribe to F&S just so I can cancel my subscription.

Jeff in MN

Schumer, schumers a hero, named in a premier outdoor and hunting advocacy magazine?

Are your editors serious? He is one of the most anti-gun Senators and yet you find him to be a hero?

Makes about as much sense as your latest article regarding directional oil drilling.

Where are your offices NYC, have you even seen an oil well? Stick to what you know and stay out of serious discussions regarding conservation and politics. It is very obvious you have reached your level of incompetence and are way over your collective heads in these arenas.

Perhaps you could do an article on the horrendous impact the North slope pipeline had in Alaska. The one that goes from the North slope to Craig. The pipeline that was going to devastate the Caribou in Alaska.

Why don't your "journalists" do some research and tell us the real impact of this project? Then you can lecture foolish gun owners on whom our heroes should be and what conservation stances we should be taking.

Fools...

Akay

You guys at F&S will have to renaim your mag "Stream" if your hero Schumer achieves his stated goal of removing all guns from this country. I live in NY and have not seen a more extreme antigun politician than Schumer.

GLR

That's it!!!I will no longer subscribe or even read this magazine.

JBJ

You have got to be kidding me! Schumer a hero? I will never purchase your magazine again.

WTF

Seriously? Way to Zumbo yourself.

Larry in MN

Chuck Schumer a hero. Really? If you think that putz is a friend to ANY outdoorsman, you are a fool. I will NEVER pick up this rag again.

Chinook in AK

Palin as a hero? Frankly that choice is among the weakest advocates for science-based resource management, public access as well as sport fishing and hunting of those whom hold public office in this neck of the woods. Please do not take the populist guns and gays view on this one. If you are a sod-busting fisher and/or hunter or backcountry recreational enthusiast you should do some reading, investigating, before endorsing. ANWR is very small potatoes compared to other items happening up here. p.s. fising through the ice is slowing-down now as we have been at it since about November 5, time for the mid-winter lull so time to switch to lynx and marten trapping.

Chinook in AK

Palin as a hero? Frankly that choice is among the weakest advocates for science-based resource management, public access as well as sport fishing and hunting of those whom hold public office in this neck of the woods. Please do not take the populist guns and gays view on this one. If you are a sod-busting fisher and/or hunter or backcountry recreational enthusiast you should do some reading, investigating, before endorsing. ANWR is very small potatoes compared to other items happening up here. p.s. fising through the ice is slowing-down now as we have been at it since about November 5, time for the mid-winter lull so time to switch to lynx and marten trapping.

jh

Charles Schumer? Excuse me,,, what cool-aid have you been drinking? Please grab your ear lobes firmly between your thumbs and pointer finger. Then pull down with a firm tug. The slurping pop you will hear is your cranium being extricated from your rectum!!!




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