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Posted: 29 December 2014 11:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 31 ]
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Kevin - Has there been any recent communications ( or even attempts) with the DNR BOYS on this years numbers or is all you get is what we get in the releases? (like ratio kills ect.) or for the most part are they done with you.  Any attempts with Rauner"s camp or are they wait and see until we take office and offer no influence till then.

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Posted: 29 December 2014 08:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 32 ]
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Bigpond, actually, I can’t complain about IDNR getting me info I ask for. I do have one request in with them now, so we’ll see if they respond. For some reason, they haven’t been too eager to publish sex ratios or permit sales the last few years until the harvest reports come out in June. Still too early for Rauner to get involved in details like this. Don’t even know who the next director will be, or what changes they’ll be willing to make.

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Posted: 30 December 2014 08:01 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 33 ]
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Kevin, educating legislators will give creditability to the IWA, thus when the need to change things via legislation is needed the IWA would be upon a better footing if opposed by the agency. The IWA wants to become the voice of the Illinois deer hunter, and educating legislators would help in establishing that perception.

For example… certain groups lobbied the lawmakers to get higher limits on NR permits.

Yes Kevin, and you are correct it does make things more difficult if changes are needed, but that has advantages as well Kevin. Believe me Kevin those that may oppose any of the IWA’s moves will have no problem using the legislative path to see that their interest are protected. The outfitters, and farm bureau will have no problem with legislation, and if farm bureau is in the mix well the dept. of Ag could not be far behind, and those are very powerful lobby’s within Illinois.

Kevin, If the powers at hand (The new administration, and DNR) are willing to work with the IWA, then great, and yes that is the best possible avenue, and should be the first way the IWA does try to move its agenda forward. I also feel you could give some teeth to the agenda of the IWA by implementing legislation to certain key points of the IWA agenda. These would be issues you would like to see implements for a long term bases. If your lucky, and the DNR , and the administration go along with the IWA, then great a lot may be able to get done in a short time period, but what happens if the next election does not go so great for sportsmen/women of Illinois ?? You find yourself back at square one Kevin, or worse!! Kevin, I am not here to shoot holes into what you have already done, and if anything I feel the need for a little more bite into IWA bark. You have good people behind your movement, and sound science, so don’t be afraid to use your resources in the best manner, and in the best interest to the Illinois deer herd. Like I told Jeff, same target at times, just different paths to get to it…...................RTT    

 

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