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Throw the 25 shell rule in trash bin and forget such nonsense forevermore, going forward. Let a child burn through some shells and have a little fun.
Lock the boards and try keeping the fishermen from opening the flow and dumping the fresh water from the impoundments.
Stop managing the man and start managing the habitat.
got blocked out of a hunt area w a bucketloader in the way on Thanksgiving day. Did a haul over from the outside that day. Some other guys went in w a canoe around the [email protected] thing. Still pzzed.
scouted Biolab from the lagoon, found ducks and good water levels. Dad didn’t want to go for whatever reason, even when they opened the road w/o telling me/us. Was on their website.
did anyone encounter board and water level issues this year? I didnt see it but didnt hunt the unit it affects the most.
were there issues this year w access in 2 & 3, other than biolab rd being closed?
i agree about hunting the river.
the 25 shell thing is still hotly contested, w seemingly more support for it.
not sure if they promoted Stan or if we’re going on yr 2 of no lead biologist / manager. Will know soon enough.
drove thru last weekend, seems like peacocks is still under construction.
Dealing with the NWRs can be frustrationg as you are dealing with a monster of a bureaucracy.....the USFWS staffs are bound by a maze of regulations and can seem unattentive to our suggestions. BUT, progress can be made. The ARMLOXNWR improved the new program there with full days hunting. no quotas, regular FWC regulations (except no geese) and opened almost 100,000 acres of new hunting. Yes....UW-F and other stakeholders worked for ten years to "see the day", but the USFWS staff put in about three years of paperwork to make it happen.
They wouldn't move that needle until then... the letter campaign to remove them threatened those golden parachutes. And, I grew up in N Lox area
One had nothing to do with the other. However, the line up and support of the sports groups....and the other stakeholders...was crucial to the success of the SFWMD battle with the USFWS to get the promised Federal funding each year to attack the exotics on the Refuge. Thanks also to the FWC. The FWC stepped in with $2 million for the program to help offset at least some of the delinquent Federal $5 million. The SFWMD threatened not to renew the 50 year lease to the USFWS for the Refuge land unless they came up with the promised funds.....THAT GOT THEIR ATTENTION...