Speak Out: Protecting hunters’ rights
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Dec 17, 2013 | 1724 views |  0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Hunters fortunate enough to own or lease land in Alabama for hunting should be able manage the wildlife on their property the way they want, right?

Wrong; you can’t do that. The Alabama Department of Conservation and National Resources has other ideas. There are two ways you can manage your property, especially for deer: quality of deer or quantity of deer. Either way is biologically safe and perfectly acceptable.

Some people want to grow large bucks with huge antlers for their wall and they should be able to manage their property to achieve that objective. However, not all people care about growing large antlered deer. Some care more about numbers and filling their freezer with good, quality venison to feed their families. You don’t get that from 6-plus year-old bucks.

The DCNR has the quality deer management mentality that does not fit every hunter out there. All its wildlife management revolves around this mindset like it thinks all Alabamians are trophy deer hunters or if not, they should be. Proof of this is in the statewide antler restrictions and the attempted “call-in” checking system. This is a result of having a commissioner and an advisory board who are politically appointed and have personal agendas. It looks as if they got their wildlife expertise from watching the Outdoor Channel.

With an abundance of wildlife in Alabama, we should be increasing opportunities for hunters, not decreasing them. We are losing hunters in Alabama every year and the DCNR doesn’t seem to be concerned. It thinks we should all be managing our public and private hunting lands to fit its objectives rather than ours. Am I the only one who thinks this is wrong?

Johnny Ponder
Munford
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