Attn: NR Waterfowler of Iowa

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Attn: NR Waterfowler of Iowa

Postby feathhd » Wed Jan 11, 2012 7:06 am

Hello my fellow Non-Resident Waterfowlers hope all is going well for you and your family this new year.

I wish to write to you all today to inform you that I have presented 2 draft proposal to some key Iowa legislature that requests that we as a state adopt added NR waterfowl hunting License choices.

Presently any waterfowler from any state who hunts the state of Iowa has to Buy an annual hunting lic at the tune of $145 sum dollars. Most NR waterfowlers do not live on the borders of the state and so if they do choose to Waterfowl Hunt Iowa they may only hunt 2 to 5 days out of the entire season. It is very hard for a NR waterfowler to justify spending $145.00 to maybe only waterfowl hunt 1 or 2 days in the state. I think that having only 1 option as a choice also discourages NR waterfowlers from taking advantage of some of Iowa's best waterfowl hunting opportunities and it also hinders our abilities as a waterfowling community to raise the necessary resources needed to restore, enhance and protect vital migratory habitat.
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Draft Proposal #1
5-Day NR Waterfowl Hunting License $48.50
The proposal I wrote would create a 5 day Non Resident Waterfowl Hunting License at a cost of $48.50
All resources generated by the sale of said Lic would go directly into the states IDNR Fish & Wildlife Migratory Waterfowl Stamp Fund to help restore, enhance and protect Iowa's Prairie Pot Hole Region and as a vital matching resources in North American Wetlands Conservation Act grants to restore,enhance,protect critical waterfowl habitat along our states major Migratory corridors, like the Mississippi, Missouri, Wapsi, Cedar, Des Moines and Iowa River- Bottoms etcetera .



Draft Proposal #2
Spring Season Snow Goose Hunting License $43.50
The second License Proposal I wrote calls for the creation of a Iowa Spring Snow Goose Hunting license. Again hunting spring snow geese where many waterfowlers only spend a few days hunting is again very hard to justify spending $145.00 dollars to potentially hunt 2 or 3 days and in many cases the spring migration is through a very narrow window of opportunity. Again the 1 option Iowa has for Non-Resident Spring Snow Goose Hunters discourages Non Resident spring snow goose hunters from hunting some of Iowa's best snow goose hunting areas. This draft proposal is meant to specifically give Non Resident Spring Snow Goose hunters added choices that are with in reason of anyone's budget.

All resources generated by the sale of said Lic would go directly into the states IDNR Fish & Wildlife Migratory Waterfowl Stamp Fund to help restore, enhance and protect Iowa's Prairie Pot Hole Region and as a vital matching resources in North American Wetlands Conservation Act grants to restore,enhance,protect critical waterfowl habitat along our states major Migratory corridors, like the Mississippi, Missouri, Wapsi, Cedar, Des Moines and Iowa River- Bottoms etcetera.

The above proposals I send to you today NEEDS YOUR Support as Non-Resident Waterfowl Hunters.
I ask that you send these key legislators / IDNR an e mail asking them to Support both of the proposals. Please tell them why you support these options as added choices and please feel free to circulate this to others and friends you waterfowl hunt with.

Senator **** Dearden
****.dearden@legis.state.ia.us

Senator Mike Gronstal
michael.gronstal@legis.state.ia.us

Senator Dennis Black
dennis.black@legis.state.ia.us

Representative Chris Hall
chris.hall@legis.state.ia.us

Director of IDNR Roger Lande
roger.lande@dnr.iowa.gov

Director of IDNR Fish & Wildlife Dale Garner
Dale.Garner@dnr.iowa.gov

Sincerely,

William J. Smith
President
Mo. Valley Waterfowlers Association IA & NE
Sioux City Iowa
712-274-3343 h
712-253-0362 c
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Re: Attn: NR Waterfowler of Iowa

Postby bymers311 » Mon Jan 16, 2012 11:31 pm

I think this is definitely a move in the right direction. As a former resident of Iowa I have a lot of hunting buddies I would like to go back and hunt with, but have always been discouraged by the high price tag as you have mentioned.

Are you proposing the 5 days run consecutive or on specific dates or would the dates be able to be chosen by the hunter. I am pretty sure (not 100% as I have only been a resident of South Dakota for about a year and a half) that South Dakota has reduced licenses for shorter periods similar to what you are proposing, so looking into their structure could be helpful.

Good luck with your proposal and please keep us posted on how it turns out.
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Re: Attn: NR Waterfowler of Iowa

Postby feathhd » Tue Jan 17, 2012 4:28 pm

The lic I am suggesting is consecutive. So the day you show and buy the lic you have 5 days to enjoy some hunting and a reasonable price. But this only applies to Waterfowl hunting and does not include small game like Pheasants or rabbits etc. What is being proposed is strictly for NR waterfowling only.


However your guys NR help is required here and all you have to do is send those e mails to those contacts I listed. It would be a great help. Not only can I lead in this issue but I will need your guys Support in helping contact those listed and tell them why these options would attract you to hunt IOWA WATERFOWL.

Feel free to contact me anytime folks 24/7 e mail or by phone.

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