"Legal Action By: Duck Hunters for Due Process
Folks, we have taken initial steps on behalf of Iowa duck hunters and 3rd Zone supporters to contest the manner and procedure by which the NRC reduced the proposed Missouri River Zone by over 69% at their June 14 meeting. For those of you who wish that for once a group would stand up and act, instead of just grumbling, please join our cause, known as Duck Hunters for Due Process. We have engaged an attorney and today we went before the ARRC (Administrative Rules Review Committee) requesting an investigation into the NRC June 14 action. With the vote being taken as it was, it was put on record by the ARRC as an objection to the NRC action. However other votes by ARRC members went the other way to make a law suit a little more difficult on us Waterfowlers. Putting the burden of proof upon us.
So now as a final act , we seek to file the law suit letting them know that we are very serious about the issue and demand that it be resolved.
In this effort, we hope to nullify the change of the 3rd zone boundary adopted on the fly, without adequate notice, and by voice vote at the June NRC meeting, and restore the language approved at the NRC April meeting which was published in the May 2 Notice of Intended Action. If you have questions about the current status of the process and our positions, contact me (Bill Smith) or our counsel, Ryan Maas.
A lot of time and effort has gone into this in preparation. Duck Hunters For Due Process is a grassroots group, organized to advocate for oversight of the NRC on this waterfowl zone issue and build financial support. We ask all of you for your support, as the Action taken in June must not be allowed to stand to set a precedent for future season or zone debates between an agency & the hunting community of Iowa.
We ask for your financial support to help us maintain this battle for daylight in the process by which the fish and game rules are set.
We seek to raise 5k dollars to file the law suit folks.
A fund has been set up under the custody of a law firm in Iowa City (who is not doing the legal work). Jeff 'Gude' Gudenkauf will review and approve all disbursements from the fund. Donations to the legal expense fund should be made payable to "Zimmermann Law Office Trust Account", with "Duck Hunters for Due Process" or "Duck Zones" in the memo line. Send checks to Zimmermann Law Office, attn: Rick Zimmermann, 103 East College St. #209, Iowa City, IA 52240. Donations are NOT tax-deductible and non-refundable (it's expected that expenses will outrun donations).
Thank you, to all of you who have voiced your support for restoration of the originally published Missouri River zone boundary. Let's carry this all the way,they have forced us to do so as a last resort to remedy.
Duck Hunters for Due Process"
$4000 dollars is needed to file the law suit folks.
That is phase 1