Vermont hunters and anglers appear to be far from united in the anger voiced by some at the help recently given by the Chittenden Bank to the Green Mountain Club.
In about 200,000 mailings sent in May, the bank included a flier offering a two-for-one membership in the Green Mountain Club and the Catamount Trail Association.
It dropped plans for a second, similar mailing in October after complaints from James Ehlers, editor of Colchester-based Outdoors Magazine, and some of his allies. They're upset about the club's membership in a coalition of groups that support adding to protected wilderness areas in the Green Mountain National Forest.
They asked for "equal time" _ an advertisement sponsored by the bank promoting one of the groups opposed to expanding wilderness. The bank responded by saying it did not want to take sides, but that it would forego the flier that had been scheduled for October.
After hearing news reports about the issue, other hunters and anglers rose to the Green Mountain Club's defense.
"It's not something I would do," said Henry Holmes of Bethel, who left his post as president of the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs two weeks ago to run for the Legislature.