CMB wrote: »
commission said numbers would support another hunt, but tree huggers and environmentalist stopped it. my guess is, money talks. I been wanting to shoot a bear. I hear the meat is delicious.
gottheitch22 wrote: »
COMISSION IS A JOKE
harbison wrote: »
The latest directly from the desk of Mr. Wiley:
Maybe it's a good thing if hunters get riled up. We haven't seen much support for hunting, even as we proposed and implemented the 2015 bear hunt. Hunters only showed up in significant numbers recently.
Our Commission clearly lead the effort for the first bear hunt. We need hunters to get engaged more in protecting our hunting heritage. FWC is doing all we can, but we need all the help we can get. Take care. Nick
I hear you. I definitely want to listen and help move all the frustration on a path where hunters get engaged and work together to secure a bright future for all hunting and a make sure we get bear hunting back on the table with a stronger foundation of support. Thank you. Nick
Florida Fish & Wildlife
James243 wrote: »
There is something wrong with this. Does this mean if I don't show up and comment how I want to deer hunt they will take it away? Unless their staff is making recommendations that I don't agree with why is my comment needed. They shouldn't need the public to advise them to do something that their staff is advising them to do. We should be able to have that level of trust with the agency. Their job is to give opportunity to public to partake of the state's resources. Those who aren't interested should just move on.
Florida Bullfrog wrote: »
I'm so very disappointed.
Looking at some of the responses the FWC has sent individual members, I think the Commissioners and Director may be missing our point. We aren't upset because we can't hunt bears. If I want to hunt a bear bad enough, I'll just go out of state to do it. I'm upset, and I think probably all of us are upset, primarily because the FWC bowed to the political pressure of anti-hunters. That's what this is about. The anti-hunting movement isn't scientific or reasonable. The religious fervor of anti-hunters has fascist-like tendencies that cannot be reasoned or compromised with. Every time a victory is given to them for no other reason that they shouted down the opposition, it emboldens them to hold what they've won and take more ground.
I'm thinking the Commissioners don't really understand politics after all. Because if they did, they'd have learned by now they can basically do whatever they want, and the rank and file public will just accept whatever they do as status quo within a few years so long as the Commission keeps doing it without apology. That's why we have all the liberal social norms we do now. Liberals just do what they want (usually thru judicial fiat) and the majority just comes to accept it once their outrage burns out. The Commission could do the same with bear hunting if they wanted. Just do it, ignore the anti-hunters' rage, and nothing will come of their bluster in the end.
Just a few months ago I was praising the backbone the FWC had developed in recent years. I spoke too soon.
joekat46 wrote: »
Thanks for the insight. You are normally very diplomatic but it seems easy to tell they even "got your goat" on this one.