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I think it's a great idea, Scott.

    ~Lynette, Burlington

    Quoting Scott Sainsbury <[log in to unmask]>:
> 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.
>
>   Scott
>   Moretown
>   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
>>    Jeffersonville
>>
>>    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
>>
>   Scott Sainsbury
>   Beacon Associates
>   P.O. 1660
>   Waitsfield, Vt.  05673
>   802-496-9393 ext 13
>   802-249-0525 (mobile)www.beaconassociates.com[1]




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