I am personally against 7 days a week hunting. Thats a bad business point of view for a guide but its how I feel. Ecspecailly in big game. But the closures could easily be a different day as said before. Why not 3 days open one day closed ect.....? There is a hundred different ways of doing it. I put the reason of Sunday being picked, squarley on religion, not tradition. Anyone else here remeber the blue laws? Buying all your beer on Saturday afternoon for all day Sunday? Kmart and SNS having to be closed on Sunday by law. IMO its from religious points of view that Sunday is closed, but it is not PC to point that out anymore. FDR (I think) once said, 'Maine where you find 2 Methodists and a Baptist in every garage!' Thats simply untrue these days. Hell you can buy beer from a Somalian in the morning at the Walmart now.
I disagree with the word tradition being in play on this. To me, anyway, tradition is gunning a certain location, or over so and so's decoys, and the like. Hunters have traditions for sure but arent they more like 'we hunt every Thanksgiving on point x and every New Years we ice fish here' ? Entities just have policies, politics, laziness and or unwillingness, and excuses as to why not. Anyone else ever heard the phrase from a entity employee, 'I work for the commisioner!' I have and I bet the commisioner, current and past, would all say 'I work for the govoner.' All the salaries come from us thou.
I been in this before for other stuff and I got a retaste of excuses as to why not when the new zone got created. I thought we should just use the sea duck zone boundry. I voiced my opinion and heard the why nots. The jist of why not was ,its a federal thing. Well, the feds are not going to make changes if the state reps dont ask for them. Plus the state considered Non residents opinions. Thats just wrong and it should be illegal for the state government to consider non residents. Non residents are better represented then residents in matters of game laws thanks to SAM and now the powers to be are making desicions based on their input with out being bullied into that by SAM. Anyone else read the Non resident task FARCE final report. We are so PC now we dropped the words alien from our game laws. We also changed the laws of aliens having to hire a guide for big game. We care about non resident/aliens feelings so much that we eliminated income opportunities for residents. Its sick.
I still think we screwed ourselves in the long run on the coastal zone. I think we took the instant gratification route. I am happy as hell about 2 weeks later, but if we had used the sea duck zone we could have asked for reclassifiing some ducks into the sea duck bag, like GE for one. I killed a late January GE in AK last year what a difference in plummage. We could have fought to keep all of January open in exchange for October. Brant still arent even open in January. What happened there? January is when I see brant. We made progress for sure and I am thankful for what we got but we didnt go far enough and we let 'them' tell us how it was going to be. I dont see a path ahead to later seasons which we know we need. I see my kids and grandkids having to fight this fight again because we went part way. The system is so broken its maddening.
I wish Subbie would chime in, he is a current council member and he was there, as member of the public, when the past commisioner opened the public hearing to reduce the eider limt, with the statement 'If your here about the eider limit it is to late the council has made a decision. This hearing is just a formality.' Only after saying that did he asked Andrea to start recording the meeting. I asked for those tapes and was told there was a recording failure and they didnt get it taped. If that is not a corrupt/broken system I dont know what is. Danny Martin is one person I dont miss. Subbie could probably put a prespective on getting things done that isnt represented here. Game laws as a whole should not be political but they are.
Our foots in the door we just need to push harder, stop excusing the people working on the public dollar, send groups like SAM a message by dropping our memberships, quite being so PC, and most importantly dont be defeated before you even try.
Puddlers,Divers,Seaducks. Thank goodness I live in Maine. Stripers,bluefish,tuna. Inland trout,salmon,and rivertripping.