When sportsmen stand to be counted and are involved in legislative matters concerning our sport, we win. Usually in many ways.
If anyone ever needed proof I offer but one example:
Sportsmen initiated and made happen the mentored program. Sportsmen followed up and got deer included. Since then other animals have been added as well. Sportsmen pushed for and got the mentored permit and harvest tag (for bucks) as well allowing for a kids first back tag to add to the experience.
Sportsmen engaged in a long and protracted discussion on crossbows. Long and often heated, they were implemented. So far, little impact on harvests, but appear to have had the affect of letting many enter or remain in the sport.
On this short list related to the post above, the transfer of a adults antlerless deer tag to a mentored child.
Kathy, Dutch deserve a huge amount of credit for being the ramrods on this. Ramrod is appropriate, they didn't bend or bow, but maintained the line and got the bill passed into law.
But they had lots of help by the sportsmen of this state. That gained by the give and take of discussions. The pro and con given and responded to.
Yes, sportsmen win when we engage in the politics of the sport we love. We win by ensuring that the laws and policy that regulate our activity ultimately maintain, enhance, and promote our traditions, support our conservation pedigree, and recruit new members of the fraternity of that we belong.
Get involved - stay involved.