STA WALK-IN DRAW OK FOR NEXT YEAR. THANKS FWC!

N. CookN. Cook Posts: 2,101 Captain
I was requested to wait for an official announcement from the FWC, but the “news is out”. The FWC staff has decided to keep the current STA Walk In Draw program in place next year. THANK YOU FWC FOR LISTENING TO THE DUCK HUNTERS!!!

This is a reprieve as we look for a program that will reduce the crowds and also fill every Quota opportunity. 

Thanks to to all who “politely” contacted the FWC with your concerns. Now we must be sure to “self police” at the Check Stations and prevent any conflicts. Once again...we should appreciate the fact that the FWC staff cares about the concerns of stakeholders and will work together to find solutions. 

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  • binellishtrbinellishtr Posts: 8,797 Admiral
    Thanks Governor Scott for listening
  • bgeorgebgeorge Plant City FLPosts: 1,634 Captain

    Just goes to show you that just because you do not see movement or change does not mean that it is not happening.

    The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. Hopefully the next man is not dropping his stones on the mountain you are trying to move.
  • H20dadH20dad Posts: 1,606 Captain
    Great news. 

    I was honestly having a hard time finding a babysitter for the meeting less than 15 miles from my house. 

    Would it be a good idea for duck hunters to showup on April 25th and thank the commission and reaffirm how important this program is for the public? 
  • Big MakBig Mak Posts: 2,513 Captain
    Thanks Governor Scott.
  • N. CookN. Cook Posts: 2,101 Captain
    It would be a great idea for as many as possible to show up and say THANK YOU FWC STAFF!  Obviously, there are some bruises from this issue at the Commissioners and Staff levels.  The hunters now have an opportunity to show our appreciation and that we are not limited to “raising cane” when disturbed. Just as at MINWR, good things can come out of these dust ups when all parties are positively looking for solutions. 
  • spanglerspangler daBurgPosts: 1,697 Captain
    Nice!  Glad the opportunity to hunt spontaneously and fill permits was preserved. Thank you FWC!!!
  • PinmanPinman Posts: 2,407 Captain

    I don't do walk-ons but this is good news, Thanks FWC!

    Now......someone come up with a system.

  • N. CookN. Cook Posts: 2,101 Captain
    Please consider...If you emailed the Commissioners and Staff...

    [email protected]
    [email protected]

    Now is the time to send another email saying...."THANK YOU FOR LISTENING.  I appreciate your help with the STAs and look forward to working to develop a better program to replace the No shows."

    There are always "bruises" after these situations and we do not want an adversarial positon vis a vis the Commissioners and Staff.

    Also, if you planned to come to the FWC meeting in Ft. Lauderdale on the 25th, please come if you can and make a public comment....saying how much you appreciate the Staff and Commissioners for listening to the duck hunters...


  • N. CookN. Cook Posts: 2,101 Captain
    Bumping this up as a reminder....Please come and say "Thanks".....great PR for future hunting issues!!!  The Commissioners are mostly new and we need to make a positive impact....Here is a good chance....The opportunity to speak should be after lunch....ITEMS NOT ON THE AGENDA.....You need to simply check in at the table out side the meeting room and log in on the PC and sign up....The Staff will be glad to help you...The meeting is at the Ft. Lauderdale Marriott North....on Andrews....
  • Fish AddictFish Addict Posts: 686 Officer
    Sent email to all those guys to say thanks. Glad we still have the walk in system!
  • N. CookN. Cook Posts: 2,101 Captain
    FWC meeting went well...Staff and Commissioners all on page to work with the duck hunters over the next year and change the STA permitting in such a way as to reduce the incentive for a hundred people to show up for the Walk In, yet make sure almost all or every Hunting Opportunity (Permit) is used.  We will be working with the Vendor for a system that sets up some sort of "assigned" preference to replace No Shows...Thanks to all who participated in the original rush of emails to get the attention of the Commissioners and Staff, and to those who emailed to say Thank You when the decision was made to keep the program this next season....and to the one or two duck hunters who attended the meeting yesterday....and said "Thank You" during Public Comments....after a long day...after 6pm for your "three minutes"!....As usual....the anti bear hunters (bear hunting was not on the Agenda) out numbered the duck hunters two to one....And there was absolutely no reason for them to be there except to keep the issue hot with the Commissioners.....Would  be nice  if we had so much dedication...
  • bgeorgebgeorge Plant City FLPosts: 1,634 Captain
    N. Cook said:
    FWC meeting went well...Staff and Commissioners all on page to work with the duck hunters over the next year and change the STA permitting in such a way as to reduce the incentive for a hundred people to show up for the Walk In, yet make sure almost all or every Hunting Opportunity (Permit) is used.  We will be working with the Vendor for a system that sets up some sort of "assigned" preference to replace No Shows...Thanks to all who participated in the original rush of emails to get the attention of the Commissioners and Staff, and to those who emailed to say Thank You when the decision was made to keep the program this next season....and to the one or two duck hunters who attended the meeting yesterday....and said "Thank You" during Public Comments....after a long day...after 6pm for your "three minutes"!....As usual....the anti bear hunters (bear hunting was not on the Agenda) out numbered the duck hunters two to one....And there was absolutely no reason for them to be there except to keep the issue hot with the Commissioners.....Would  be nice  if we had so much dedication...

    They are just more passionate in their cause than most hunters are.  They still have to take the time and travel.  They pay for hotels and some are taking a day from their jobs. 

    The sad thing is we as hunters will get up way before dawn and drive a long way to be in a tree or on a lake way before daybreak but can not make it to a meeting that does not even start till 8:30 and most of the meat does not start till 10:00am.  Public comments are always at the end of a day and most time someone could work through lunch and then make it to one in their region and only have to miss a half day of work.

    More and more social preference is making decisions on how we manage wildlife.  They even discussed that in the Tuesday part of the meeting.  Redfish in particular could allow much more take but they are being managed for high numbers for lots catch opportunities. 

    What I find most concerning is those who bash people who are taking the time to go to these meeting just because there is some aspects that we disagree on.  Remember that we have limited people willing to take the time to show up and those who do, need the most credibility they can get. 

    The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. Hopefully the next man is not dropping his stones on the mountain you are trying to move.
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