Maybe I should'nt have used so many four letter words
Here is what I wrote :
Govenor Hoven & Director Hilldebrand
I have a few questions & comments on the failure of 2048 (Hunter Pressure Concept)
How sad it was to see it fail (especially the way it did) It is sure to be as festering a issue now, as ever.
There still cannot be unlimited #'s of Hunters - All coming at the same time - to the same few areas - I have never really felt we needed a low Cap - But we do need to manage by zones & dates & how many can be in each zone. It really could be a great way to open things up for even more hunters - Gives flexibility to the G&FD (especially for waterfowl)
Imagine making Deer Hunting a Free For All - Unlimited & No Zones ? - I bet you would see some Attention & Praise given - to How it has been managed. Why not manage waterfowl & upland the same way ?
Am I wrong ? But doesn't the G&FD Director & Govenor still have the Power, to do the right things in all this ? - Nothing has changed - It is back in your Laps - You should have dealt with all this before & 2048 would never have come up & then get Bastardized. (To lower in quality or character; debase)
I see it, that we are right back where we were last Fall - 2048 could have been a more Flexible alternative - If you think this is all just over & will go away - your in for a shock. I could really support you if not for your stance on hunting issues. Most Hunters are Republicans - But you are driving us away ? Why can't you see both sides of this ? & maybe try to work with the Resident Hunters on this - for a change ? It is a fact we have offered up alot of positive ideas - But the Farm Bureau & Hospitality & Guides Assn. seem to have a political edge in all this ? Why ??? Alot of them don't even hunt ?
Will we keep things as they are / were last Fall - Caps ??? A precedent has been set - I can see a Lawsuit & eventually a referral vote - if things are not kept, as they were last Fall. This time the effort may be more to limit Leasing & set up a challange on the Public Trust issue of who owns the Game.
So who really won ???
Please remember over 90% of all hunters are Freelance Hunters - that do not want to pay for access. Because of our unique laws & abundance of birds. There are positive things that could be done to enhance & promote Freelance Hunting. That you either forgot about, or never knew about ? That is one of the biggest reasons for all the controversy the past year.
Please try to take some time and go to www.nodakoutdoors.com
and read up on the debate the past year.
Thanks for your time & I pray you will take my suggestions to heart