Approx 125 people were present, including 4 DNR employees. It started at 7pm
The time frame considered was from ice out (or March 1) and until start of the regular duck hunting season for possible motor restrictions.
The vast majority who spoke (about 25) were in favor of the restriction. There were several who were not in favor of the restriction at all.
My impression is that there would be no restrictions this year due to that the process will take a while as it goes up the chain of command, and the final say is by the DNR Commissioner if indeed there will be a restriction on motors on Swan Lake.
Basically, the DNR personnel were there to garner info of how the public felt about the proposal. No decisions will be made as to what action (if any) will be taken for at least a month. Thus if you have an opinion, address it to the DNR New Ulm office if you want to voice your opinion yet.
Some spoke of concern about Mud motors and the vegetative damage they were doing, but they were referred to bring it up tomorrow night at the duck meetings. No other issues were discussed, just whether a motor restriction would be of help to the duck population on Swan Lake
I did speak, I was reluctantly in favor of the restriction, basically I felt we were trying to regulate the 90% who are good responsible people, because of the abuses of the 10% who are purposefully chasing up ducks, etc… I am not sure the restriction is the best way to regulate abusive behavior. Others also brought up why is there no enforcement of existing laws. Some were concerned as I was about big increase in motor size in the last 25 years. Most were in favor of allowing no motors from ice out until 1 day before the regular waterfowl opener. A couple of people thought like I did and it should be 1 week prior to the opener the restriction be lifted. 2 said the end of August should be the date it is lifted. Thus the restriction would effect Youth Waterfowl Day-no motors was the prevailing mood
My impression is that the DNR said exceptions would be as follows: Guys maintaining the duck nests; Research and such.
I was in favor of allowing any sized electric motor be used since there is no wake and they are quiet.
I emphasized education in dealing with the those that abuse the way it is. Others wanted more enforcement. I also stressed that the lack of ducks was a symptom, and that we needed to address the virus, and the restriction is only a small part of it, that the other areas such as food, vegetation, water quality, etc must be considered too.
It was wrapped up at 8:40pm
Privately after the meeting , one of the DNR personnel said I was right, the restriction to limit disturbances is only a small step forward and that the other areas (ecology, water quality, etc) are much more important.
You never know how it’ll pan out, but based on the sense of the meeting of those speaking, motors will be restricted from either March 1 or ice out and until 1 week prior or 1 day prior to the regular duck opener.
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