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Yes and with the responsible government I'm sure the money would go to where
it is earmarked for. Not the general fund and wasted. Instead of
volunteering for yet another tax which the gov. would waste, why not
personal contributions to species protection or volunteering time for
conservation work? Something down and dirty not lobbying, lead by example.
Or is my libertarionism showing. Also, Putting down hunters is not useful.
They do contribute a great deal (not excusing irresponsable ones) and many
nature lovers start as hunters and many hunters love and understand nature
(sometimes better than self proclaimed enviromentalists). Land managed for
game is still good habitat (better than malls and parking lots), and is
useful too. Maybe we should stop putting each other down and work on common
goals. Individual hunters didn't drive many spp. to extinction, market
hunting and wanton slaying for fashion did.


----- Original Message -----
From: "John Harbison" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Sunday, September 07, 2003 6:07 PM
Subject: Re: hunters at Dead Creek


> I agree entirely.  And given the fiscal instability of the Vermont
> wildlife
> agency, apparently because of the drop in hunting and fishing licenses,
> the
> Commissioner would welcome the idea.  I'm sure you know his proposal to
> fix
> a registration fee for canoes and kayaks has been met with considerable
> resistance by the non-motorized boating community (of which I'm member).
> Seems to me that if birders proposed a birding sticker, suitable for
> application to a tripod or some other piece of your equipment, it would be
> a
> positive contribution to wild birds and to the birding community itself.
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "- Maeve Kim" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Sunday, September 07, 2003 4:34 PM
> Subject: hunters at Dead Creek
>
>
> > Dana's story about the yahoos at Dead Creek was both scary and
> > thought-provoking. We birders do spend a lot of money and do contribute
> > to
> conservation
> > groups - but I have thought for many years that we need a visible sign
> > of
> > financial contributions to wildlife management places specifically, the
> equivalent of
> > a duck stamp that we can display on our car, a signal that says "I am a
> paying
> > visitor; it's right that this place is managed for my interests as well
> > as
> > yours". The wildlife management areas could use the extra money and we
> birders
> > would have a voice in how the places are managed.
> >
> > PS - Two   American golden plovers joined the group at Brilyea early
> Saturday
> > afternoon.
> >
> > Maeve Kim
> > Jericho Center
> >
>