This bill was introduced by no friend of sportsmen - Rep Hanna.
He seeks to wrest control of antlerless allocations from the GC and BOC.
Now, for those cheering, just how informed is a representative on deer, biology, or the other factors involved?
My personal experience is not very.
Second, any counter balance to the GC is lost. The legislature will have that control. Politics will rule rather than the resource or the good of the herd or the sport.
Take the time to actually read this bill.
Underlined text is new text.
There are several particularly troublesome section in this bill. The first:
fulfilling this duty, the commission shall focus primarily on
serving the interest of sportsmen and our special heritage of
recreational hunting and furtaking.
Yes, and no. Right now the GC has responsibility for all wildlife in the state. Deer, and this is all about deer, are one species. Deer impact the other animals by removing the cover, food, and concealment many require. ALL game animals suffer the affects of to many deer - even deer.
That leads to this:
Serve the interest of sportsmen by preserving and
promoting our special heritage of recreational hunting and
furtaking by maximizing the sustainable harvest of the
whitetail deer herd
Right out of the Unified Sportsmen's Lawsuit brief and the prime argument they used all three times. Of course, Hanna is their guy on the hill. Lock stock and barrel.
Last, as to the qualifications of the committee:
(b) Composition.--The committee shall consist of licensed
hunters. One member shall be appointed by each of the following:
(1) The Board of Commissioners of the commission.
(2) The President pro tempore of the Senate.
(3) The Minority Leader of the Senate.
(4) The Speaker of the House of Representatives.
(5) The Minority Leader of the House of Representatives.
(c) Restriction.--No member of the commission may be
appointed to the committee.
(1) The member appointed under subsection (b)(1) shall
serve an initial term of four years.
Hows that for experience? Get elected to a leadership position in the legislature and you decide deer allocations.
People complain about the GC BOC being untouchable.
It is also important to remember that we are only one election way from liberals being in charge in sufficient numbers to do real harm. This state went for Obama in large numbers last election. I also tink that most still want term limits for legislatures... due to the power grab and political influence they obtain.
Read this bill. Understand this bill.
It is far more than more deer. It is giving up independent control of deer management to politicans only concerned about the next donation and election. The very same people we clamor about being out of touch and out of control - will now have the final say in deer management if this passes.
HANNA, GERGELY, AUMENT, CALTAGIRONE, D. COSTA, CREIGHTON, CUTLER, EVERETT, FABRIZIO, GEIST, GODSHALL, GOODMAN, HESS, HORNAMAN, KORTZ, KOTIK, KRIEGER, LONGIETTI, MIRABITO, MULLERY, READSHAW, WATERS AND YOUNGBLOOD
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When the legislature has control of hunting or hunting issues - we all suffer. We only need to look at other states and look at the losses where this happens.
This bill is dangerous and short sighted.
This is - without a doubt one of those bills that needs to be killed before it gets going. Contact your representative and oppose legislative control of wildlife management.
Change in the deer program is the responsibility of sportsmen and the commission. End runs that will likely result in more harm than good for political gain helps not one of us.