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Subject: Update on Deer Season Structure Change from MDWFP

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MDWFP Supports Deer Season Structure Change

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) continues its support of HB 1282 as it moves to a vote in the Mississippi State Senate. HB 1282 passed the Mississippi House of Representatives with an overwhelming majority. Now is the time for sportsmen to contact their senator in support of this bill. ?We appreciate the support of the sportsmen,? MDWFP Wildlife Bureau Chief Larry Castle said. ?It?s the support of these sportsmen that help us to progress and move forward.?

If HB 1282 becomes law, the deer season structure for 2010-11 would be:

Archery October 1 ? 31
Archery / Crossbow / Primitive Weapon November 1 ? 19
Gun with Dogs November 20 ? December 1
Gun without Dogs December 2 ? 23
Gun with Dogs December 24 ? January 19
Gun without Dogs January 20 ? January 31
Archery / Primitive Weapon February 1 ? February 15 (Zone 2)

HB 1282 is not taking opportunity away from archery hunters. Archery hunters still have 123 days of hunting opportunity because they can choose to hunt with archery equipment during the gun seasons. ?HB 1282 will empower landowners and hunting clubs to harvest deer earlier in the season with a more efficient weapon,? Chad Dacus, Deer Program Coordinator. ?This earlier deer harvest is needed on some properties across the state to help reduce the deer herd in areas with high numbers of deer vehicle collisions, crop damage, habitat damage, and out of balance buck-to-doe ratios.?

If you are in support of HB 1282, contact your Senator at (601) 359-3770. For a list of senators, visit http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/.
1505 Eastover Drive | Jackson, MS 39211
(601) 432-2400

This is the latest propaganda I have seen. Anyone else get this yet.
 

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I got it yesterday afternoon. I emailed my nearest senator and told him i was against it and why and to vote no. May have been a waste of my time...Oh well.
 

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I have not gotten anything but my buddy in Al got his yesterday. Ticked me off that he as an OOS hunter got one but not me. It further proved my opinion of the whole situation.
 

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When you registered on the mdwfp forum there was a block to check to allow or not allow members to send you e-mails.  Could this be why some are receiving the e-mail from mdwfp and some are not?  I don't get their e-mails either but the same information is posted as a link on the main mdwfp page.
 

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Not sure, I have not been back to that site since I got the word yesterday morning they were pulling the plug on us. I provide all my information each year when I re-new my Sportsman license. I never get anything from them and have to call three or four times a year to get them to send my boat registrations or hunting license after I pay. Finally called last year and afterbeing rudely spoken to by some woman got the man in charge on the phone to fix the situation. They were sending me triplicate license's in the mail.
 

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I got that email too.

Propaganda is an accurate description for it. Not once did Castle or Dacus come on the forums to explain their position. If they did I missed it. That was the tell-tale sign to me that their position is indefensible. They knew that the most informed sportsmen in this state were on the forums, and we would see right through it. It's pure politicking, not sound game management.

Sad thing is, 9 out of 10 voters in the state have never even heard of these bills. They haven't heard an opposing view, and likely won't before the Legislature votes on it. The Legislature has bigger problems, and I'm afraid they'll rubber stamp it figuring the MDWFP knows best, and if not, the MDWFP will take all the heat.

I know times are tough, tax revenues are way down and there is a budget shortfall, but it is not the MDWFP's place to raise money for themselves at the expense of our natural resources. They are supposed to manage the game, not pimp it out. I hope it dies in committee, if not then we are on that slippery slope and the sky really is falling. Can you imagine what will be in store for us next year? Increased license fees, higher WMA permits, more expensive access to and camping in our state parks, boat launching fees going up, a tax on deer processing and/or taxidermy, more tax on ammo and guns? When the dept gets the notion that they are a business and they know they have a rubber stamp in the legislature, the sky will be the limit.
 
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