Sunday, February 1, 2009

Montpelier Happenings

There are some important issues on the table in Montpelier.
Fish and Wildlife Dept funding - all departments are being hit, but the FWD general fund money is being whacked especially hard.
The Fish and Wildlife board will be announcing public hearings for a proposed rule on retrieval and utilization of fish and wildlife. Most of the provisions have been endorsed by the major sporting groups including the Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, but several sections are still to be decided - the voice of hunters is needed.
Lastly, a bill to allow folks of all ages to try hunting in a very controlled manner prior to getting a hunting license is about to be introduced. This is one of the "Families Afield" initiatives that are being adopted nationally to help reverse the decline in hunter numbers. All hunters should look at this and support the concept.
Stay tuned...

3 comments:

  1. Eric,
    I can't find a copy of the Apprentice hunting bill on the bill tracking page. Do you have or have you seen a copy of it as introduced?
    Brian

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  2. I understand it is being circulated to potential co-sponsors. I'll post it as soon as I see the final copy. Meanwhile I'll email the draft to you.

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