Would Dale Henegar put up with this ???
Would Lloyd Jones ???
It is time for both Hoeven & Hilldebrand to go - I hope it's Hoeven 1st, so we can get someone strong & expirenced in G&FD - would'nt hurt to have someone from the enforcement side also.
This is what you get when you get political plums & just any administrator - especially one from a somewhat commercial background & from the most crowded area in the State. (& to be honest military style Leaders donot always do well in other than the Military) Especially top Military Leaders - Not enough Col.- Captains - Leut. etc. & Sargents & troops to delegate too & many times they are the ones who really make things happen.
Heck!!! if we want a Govenor that makes all the G&FD decisions lets elect Jones - At least he knows the G&F side & could'nt do much worse on the political
Former game and fish commissioner, Dale L. Henegar, an icon of North Dakota conservation whose 40 years with the department is credited with establishing a nationally-known fishery in the state, died in a Bismarck hospital Monday, Sept. 6. He was 76.
Henegar began with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in March 1949 as its first professional fisheries biologist, after graduating from South Dakota State University with a degree in wildlife management. His first order of business upon joining the department was to inventory the state's lakes and streams, develop a fish culture program, and draw up management plans for each water.
The 1950 passage of the Dingell-Johnson Act by Congress, which levied a 10-percent excise tax on fishing tackle for reapportionment back to the states, made it possible to create a department fisheries division. Henegar was named chief of the newly formed division and immediately began a program to control undesirable fish species in state waters. Later in the 50's he instituted a fish stocking program, stocking 52 lakes with trout, an especially significant accomplishment considering only 20 lakes had public fishing in 1953.
In the 1960's he began studying various species for stocking in North Dakota's lakes and rivers. His goal was to develop a viable sport fishery for current conditions and those anticipated for the future, taking into account the slowly-deteriorating water quality in the state.
During the 70's he made his boldest move as fisheries chief, introducing rainbow smelt into the Missouri River System as a forage species for game fish. Later, coho and chinook salmon, rainbow and brown trout, lake whitefish, and lake trout were introduced. The success of those efforts is evidenced by a world-renowned fishery on the Missouri River system that produces trophy walleyes and salmon.
In 1981, he was appointed game and fish commissioner. As commissioner he streamlined the department's licensing system, cooperated with the state land department to open up to public use about 700,000 acres of state school land, and increased communications between the department and agricultural groups. Additionally, along with members of the game and fish advisory board, he is credited with convincing the legislature that the department needed a permanent facility in Bismarck. The new headquarters office was completed in 1985.
Retiring in 1989, Henegar continued his years of public service when he was elected to North Dakota House of Representatives the following year. He served five terms in the house.
In June of 1999, governor Edward T. Schafer and game and fish director Dean Hildebrand dedicated the department's main office as the Dale L. Henegar building.
What we need is someone with waterfowl & hunting knowledge of the whole State & that understands where the pressure places are & the enforcement problems are (most likely the same) :roll: & could find a way to manage waterfowl thru zones & pressure & areas that have accomodations for hunters & the resources & lands for them to hunt. If we just wander down the current road & let supply & demand figure it all out, or the Legislature or G/O Assn. :roll: - It will not be whats best for the residents of ND. & that is what is happening. :eyeroll: