I am not anti-hunting. But, there are times / places when it would be good if those of us who enjoy Vermont's public wild places for non-harvesting purposes had a voice in how different assets are used and managed.
Please tell me if I'm wrong, but I believe that today, it's the sale of licenses and stamps that determine who get's the votes with Fish and Wildlife and the legislature. Others of us can buy those licenses, but I don't believe there is any way that F&W can tell who buys them, or what their desires about conservation and use management are.
I've mentioned before that perhaps it would be good to start a non-harvesting use license that gives F&W a way to understand how many people are using our outdoor resources for non-harvesting purposes. It would be a voluntary "license" as there is no enforcement associated with non-harvesting activities. But, if the money raised from such a program went to F&W, then those who buy the licenses could earn a place at the table when policy is determined.
I'm guessing that the State wouldn't want to administer such a program, so, I'm not sure of how it might be executed. Any thoughts?
I know I've brought this up before -- hope you all aren't sick of it. Just seems like it could be a great example of Vermont Grass Roots representation if we could figure something out.
On Nov 13, 2013, at 6:40 PM, Kaylee Pollander wrote:
> Hi all,
> I was out birding there too today and ended up discussing this same
> fact. And yes it is open to hunting. The state has recently changed what
> activities have priority at these sites and boat launching and hunting have
> priority. Activities like birding are not mentioned in these new
> regulations. I know it is a bit strange for people to be hunting in such a
> heavy use area, but just be aware that they can hunt at a number of these
> such sites and give hunters their room and we can all use these sites
> without any problems!
> Kaylee Pollander
> On Wednesday, November 13, 2013, Nancy Goodrich wrote:
>> At the Shelburne Bay fishing access today at 3:00pm 2 hunters got out of
>> their separate trucks , each with a rifle and walked to the big rock at the
>> end of the parking lot and then walked out of sight down toward the water.
>> Is this an area that is open to hunting ?? Nancy Goodrich, Shelburne
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