In the middle of my hurried lunch yesterday, I heard some guy on SDPB’s In the Moment complaining about “urban” people moving to the Black Hills and working with some unnamed international cabal to shut down all hunting and ranching.
In the Moment host Lori Walsh, who was in the studio interviewing this individual, said “that’s not what he said.”
Walsh tweeted that reply at 4 p.m., three-plus hours after the interview. The folks at the awesome downtown Sioux Falls SDPB studio have lots on their minds, so they may not keep in their heads an exact record of everything every honyocker says to them (and all of South Dakota’s smartest audiophiles). Heck, I sometimes forget by suppertime the exact words I blogged or tweeted myself at lunch.
So I figured I’d better go back to the audio and remind myself and Walsh what was actually said at her mic Tuesday. Walsh interviewed Mark Steck, who sells all sorts of trapping gear and DVDs through Dakota Line Snares of Lennox. At about 9:40 in the posted audio, this exchange takes place:
Mark Steck: Trapping has faced, from city dwellers and urban dwellers and people coming in from California and bringing their beliefs with them—it’s faced pressure now in South Dakota. And there’s constant pressure to eliminate trapping. So that’s—that’s something that we’re seeing more and more, and it’s not the landowners. It’s not the small cities. It’s—it’s these urban people moving into the Black Hills and Sioux Falls.
Lori Walsh: What is their opposition as you see it? What do you mostly hear? Are they concerned about just the killing itself? Are they concerned about the ecosystem? What are some of the arguments that you hear from some of those urban dwellers?
Steck: By and large, they do not want killing of any animals. And so trapping is the first target, because we’re a small fraternity compared to hunting, but they’re after everything, right down to ranching. There is no limits with these people. Some are small groups, but they have connections and attorneys with large international groups. So recently there was some legislation—excuse me, some proposed regulation going to the Game Fish and Parks Commission, and there is clear evidence that attorneys over in the U.K. wrote this legislation. I mean, there’s a direct link. It’s a never-ending pressure, and I don’t know the future of how much they can change the world, but they aren’t going to give up [transcribed from audio; Lori Walsh, “Steck Shares His Life as a Trapper,” SDPB Radio: In the Moment, 2019.08.06].
Walsh did not follow up by asking what legislation/regulation Steck was talking about, what evidence he had that it came from the U.K., who these purported international groups are, or who these interloping out-of-state urban enemies of South Dakotans’ God-given right to kill and skin and eat and wear whatever mammals we want may be. She followed the above statement immediately with “What do they not understand about trapping in South Dakota that you wish you could explain to them?” using they with no irony, no doubt, thus affirming the existence of that unquestioning pronoun’s antecedent.
Steck said what I said he said and more: he asserted that international groups are working with urban outsiders who move to South Dakota and want to shut down “everything” that involves killing critters.
Perhaps Walsh will track down and interview some of those urban people (probably walking by that beautiful downtown studio right now, enjoying the bandshell and the river and the Falls stroll to Smithfield Foods to throw their Tevas in the conveyor belts) to ask them what international groups they are working with to destroy South Dakota’s trapping, fishing, hunting, ranching, and farming. They may be nefarious outsiders… but they deserve equal time… and SDPB listeners deserve a little substantiation for what Trapper Steck really said.