Another disappointing column from the Daily Disappointment (aka Forum) . If they had bothered to send a reporter to the Fargo meeting, they would have heard a number of resident hunters speak out about the proposed plan/zones. While I was there, I didn't hear anyone say they thought the zones were a good idea.Maybe the meeting schedule is by design. Maybe Game and Fish has determined legislative intent can be sidelined if the advisory meetings tilt in favor of the zones. In other words, maybe the voices of the stewards of the resource -- landowners, small-town business people and other rural residents -- can be muffled in city meetings dominated by urban resident hunters.
Please replace the "Game & Fish Department" with "Governor Hoeven".Yet, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department seems to be advancing a zone framework that would impose caps within zones, specifically two zones in the central part of the state. The proposed zone language is being considered for inclusion in the proclamation for the 2003 hunting seasons.
The department should be careful as it proceeds with advisory meetings on this subject. Already the department has stumbled.