I will be in attendance for both days. I've gone to a few different agency meetings now and finding it pretty interesting. This will be my first commission meeting for the fwc. Any thoughts or recommendations as far as what to expect or prepare for?
I see only brief mention on the agenda about improving hunting opportunities. Mentioned under the title Freshwater Fisheries Program Update??? I guess because wmd controls virtually all of the land...
I plan to address the commission during public feedback for items not on agenda. I will be expressing my concern about hunting opportunities not being expanded at an adequate rate to keep in step with population growth. And that a more aggressive approach to habitat improvement must also be undertaken to mitigate adverse affects of the exponential growth in population.
“There will never be a really free and enlightened state until the
state comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent
power, from which all its own power and authority are derived.”
Unless of course you draw a three day quota tag for deer so you can go hunt squirrels.
But qdm doesn’t limit hunting, bull crap.
He is new to this process/commission and giving him some general advise. Not just relating to a single topic.
That in an an embarrassment when the state is going to spend money working to recruit new hunters. 99% of new hunters start on small game and I would bet a huge percentage of hunters who stay with hunting their entire lives start with small game.
The policies of the state work to effectively destroy the ability to recruit new hunters. It is totally unacceptable that this is allowed.
The Fwc needs to find a way to increase hunting opportunities by stopping their active limiting of hunter access to public land.
They cant claim squirrel numbers are in trouble. They have no legs to stand on, no excuses, they are solely responsible for this.
I know of no other state that prohibits people from squirrel hunting on state land because someone is hunting deer. Let deer hunters with quota permits hunt deer and let everybody else hunt small game on state lands according to state game seasons. Period. Only Florida is so dumb to exclude all other hunters because of a few deer hunters, who might well benefit from other hunters bumping the deer around.
Appreciating all the great feedback! I'll do my best to represent hunters in a respectable way I definitely won't be slinging any mud at all. At some point, down the road, after diligently demonstrating the facts, building some relationships and EARNING some respect/credibility, I'll start demanding accountability where deserved.
How long do I get to present? lol I'll definitely be touching on small game and r3 as well
Will there be an option for me to provide and, maybe, show a few slides on the projector? I'm not going to go crazy but I'd like to at least show them my chart on opportunities for swfwmd region, as an example.
It is an inconceivable burden to place upon the public who wish to introduce their children to hunting.
No slides on the projector. You can have printed material that they will distribute to each commissioner. Make at minimum of 8 copies. One for each commissioner and one for the office copy of the book. Staff can get it in the book prior to being called up or some people walk up with them. If you are going to do a poster type display you can hold it up or have someone else hold it while you talk.
Time limit is 3 minutes per topic that allows for public comment. You can always reach out to the commissioners individually or as a whole via email. As others have stated it is sometimes just putting it on the official record at the mic.
As a QHM practice? Sure. But doing it as a practice of the big bad boogey man QDM? Sorry, but that doesn't compute.
Quotas are used as a tool to manage the hunter not the resource
They were put in place to appease some user group. By excluding everyone before and during the deer hunts.
Whether you agree with it or not, by design, there is a spectrum of experiences available because of the different formats that are offered on public lands. A significant number of public land hunters want the opportunity to experience more than just the romp n stomp experience. Even if it's less frequent. Does that make their views as a stakeholder less valid than yours?
I grew up hunting WMA's and always had a great experience no matter if I killed a deer or one of my GROUP killed a deer. Actually I made me thrive to learn better how to hunt due to the challenges presented to me as a kid. I would be embarrassed now and afraid to say how long it took me to kill my first PUA buck!
Would I had loved to had a private lease where everyone sleeps in, puts out gobs of corn, till up the edges of flag ponds for turkeys heellll ya. But I didnt have that leisure,but never envied those who did. I learned how to hunt state lands and high water on private ranches...and had much success but NEVER complained about not seing a buck or a good buck because we knew hard hunting MIGHT produce a good buck.....and dam did we feel privileged with doe week filling the freezers year in and yr out. We had some good yrs and some ok yrs but never a bad yr with meat...NEVER!
So Yes to answer your question, stakeholders who BITHCH about this n that should NOT have EQUAL say in how the lands are manged. Respect is earned, so should be the chance to express Hunter dissatisfaction without credibility