Don: Riley <3's PETA!
Siegelman is apparently referencing a move by the commissioner of conservation and natural resources (a Riley appointee) to ban deer hunting with dogs in several Alabama counties. But as a department flack pointed out, the same practice occurred during Siegelman's term and has only been continued through the Riley administration.
"My opponent [Riley] is being supported by liberal anti-gun extremists who want to take away our Second Amendment rights."
"The limits this administration has placed on hunting are extreme,"
"My opponent's[Riley's] friends at (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) are trying to end or limit hunting seasons in Alabama and have even tried to ban fishing because the hooks hurt the fish's mouth."
Siegelman was a gun-friendly governor so it's not unreasonable that he'd again seek the "sportsmen" vote. But Riley has been a pro-gun governor as well and has nothing to gain by moving to the left (or even the center) on the issue.
This is the second issue (tax appraisals being the first) where Siegelman has attempted to cast Riley as a liberal. Siegelman has a long way to go before he gets Riley one-on-one so the immediate beneficiary is Roy Moore. In fact, don't be surprised if Moore picks up on this gun issue Siegelman has raised to try to drive a wedge between Bob Riley and a critical block of GOP primary voters.