While the Natural Resources Board (NRB) went along with the DNR on EAB and October hunts in order to be responsive to hunter concerns and possibly stave off more moves by the Legislature to take away deer management tools, NRB members expressed concern that the framework would not do enough to control deer numbers.
George Meyer, testifying on his own behalf, gave testimony urging the board to let the rule go through, as it was a "small evil" against the "larger evil" that is working its way through the Legislature. "Although some people testifying today don't want the board to have the responsibilty, there are a lot of people who do want you to have the responsibility to set deer regulations even as distasteful as EAB," Meyer said. "There was a decline in hunter numbers even before EAB, due to an aging population; the demographics are against us. But the DNR Secretary needs effective tools to manage the herd."
That loud slapping sound you heard at about 11 a.m. on Thursday April 28th was generated by astounded sportsmen as they slapped their collective foreheads, rocked back and groaned, "Oh no, not Kaz!" Oh yes, it's true. Gov. Scott Walker appointed Greg Kazmierski of Hunters Rights Coalition fame to the Natural Resources Board that day. I never believed that there would come a day that I could say that Alan Grischke is no longer the worst appointment by a governor to the Natural Resources Board. I can say that now. As a bit of history, Grischke was appointed by former Gov. Jim Doyle to the board in 2003, but never made it through the Senate confirmation process for a number of reasons. So, I guess in that respect Walker can say he is doing a better job than Doyle.
I do see a bit of irony here, though. Kazmierski gets himself appointed to a board that the Hunters Rights Coalition has been successfully undermining since Walker's inauguration by running fish and wildlife changes through the Legislature as law changes instead of through the Natural Resources Board. So, what's the point of being on the board? The good news for Kaz is that his term runs six years. If Walker does end up getting recalled, Kaz keeps the seat, but Cathy Stepp, Scott Gunderson, and Matt Maroney would be gone.
retch sweeny wrote:You will not know this but the governor did not get elected because he is a bowhunter. He got elected to ix the fiscal mess. His hobbies did not put voters in the polling booths. Its nice to know he’s a sportsman but anybody that votes on that alone needs to get their head examined. I don’t k now how you do things in PA but in WI, the Governor does not run the DNR. He appoints somebody to manage that Dept.
retch sweeny wrote: In short, it sucks to be you.
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