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I am sure I am not the only one that is doing this, but nothing prevents you 
from purchasing a duck stamp  or  a fishing license, you do not need to be a 
gun toting hunter to do so and as pointed out the money goes to habitat 
preservation.  Don't just thank the hunters, join them.  But a duck stamp!

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From: "Karen Willard" <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 12:32 PM
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Do turkey hunters read VTBIRD?

> And as a result of so much land being protected by duck stamps and tax of 
> firearms, wildlife managers are expected to manage the land to maximize 
> use by and productivity of game species....at least that is what happens 
> in the great state of Ohio where I currently live.
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> Having a source of money specifically for non-game management will, in 
> theory, provide habitat for a wider diversity of plant, animal, 
> invertebrate life in Vermont.  I would support such an endeavor!
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> --- On Tue, 8/31/10, b flewelling <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> From: b flewelling <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Do turkey hunters read VTBIRD?
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Date: Tuesday, August 31, 2010, 7:51 AM
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> Not to belabor the point, but with all the recent posts about the Dead 
> Creek area, bird watchers should know that the Dead Creek Waterfowl Area 
> was purchased (and is largely run) with funds from the Federal Migratory 
> Bird Stamp (aka the "Duck Stamp"), and the Vermont Waterfowl stamp.
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> Thanks hunters, for giving us such a rich area to pursue or bird watching 
> passion .
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> Bruce Flewelling
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> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Kent McFarland" < kmcfarland @ VTECOSTUDIES .ORG>
> To: VTBIRD @LIST. UVM . EDU
> Sent: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 6:39:51 AM
> Subject: Re: [ VTBIRD ] Do turkey hunters read VTBIRD ?
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> I think Bruce brings up an important point here. Hunting and fishing 
> license
> and waterfowl stamps have paid for an enormous amount of conservation.
> Everything from research to management to outright buying and restoring
> lands. With the latest numbers showing wildlife watching out pacing 
> hunting
> and fishing in Vermont by quite a bit over the last decade (see the USFWS
> surveys -
> http :// wsfrprograms . fws .gov/ Subpages / NationalSurvey 
> /National_Survey. htm ),
> what are we as bird watcher's doing? Our natural heritage and nongame
> programs in the state wildlife departments struggle for funding, some to
> just stay open. I am sure many of us donate to nonprofits and volunteer to
> do a lot for wildlife, but I think we are coming up short. Sure, we have a
> conservation license plate we can buy and we could check off on our tax 
> form
> to give to the nongame program, but I wonder how many of us do? Perhaps it
> is time we had a bird watching stamp?
> Kent
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> Date:    Mon, 30 Aug 2010 09:59:13 +0000
> From:    b flewelling <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: Do turkey hunters read VTBIRD ?
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> I am a turkey hunter.=C2=A0 I am an avid bird watcher.=C2=A0 In May and in 
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> October, I do most of my bird watching while I am turkey hunting.=C2=A0 I 
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> o not go to VT BIRD when I'm looking for a place to hunt, and I don't know 
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> of any other turkey hunter who does.=20
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> By the way, it was funds from the sale of hunting licenses that allowed 
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> mont in 1968 to transfer 31 turkeys from western NY to start the Vermont 
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> Kent McFarland
> Vermont Center for Ecostudies
> PO Box 420 • Norwich, VT 05055
> 802.649.1431
> http :// www . vtecostudies .org/
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