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This has always puzzled me. I am not sure how many members were on the MDWFP forum, but I know there were thousands. I also know that there were members from every inch of this state. What I cant figure out, is why the people who supposedly know whats best for us, (dept execs), neevr took the time to utilize the most effective tool that the department had in its box.. THE SPORTSMAN OF MS!!! Never once did I see surveys or opinion polls (up to date) on issues going through the legislature or commissions. Its crying shame that some arent smart enough to realize how effective that site could have been at gaining useful information from the people who are actually in the woods, in every corner of the state, all year long.


I mean WHAT THE CRAP IS GOING ON!!! The department has enough sense to manage our bucks by zones but not our herd numbers!!!?????? get the dollar signs out of your eyes and give the state of ms's rescources back to its people!! If you want to manage it, manage it right. Just cause some high dollar high influential people say its so, dont mean its right.


WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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Polles is the biggest problem.... he is big money and thats all he cares about is the $$$$.... I have spoken with several state employees that say the same thing... of course they cant say anything because they will get the boot. He is the states BIGGEST problem

Too bad he's not in a posotion we can vote him out. As long as he is there we will continue to have problems
 

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They don't ask our opinion because we might not agree with what they want so its easier to just not ask. I was talking with a game warden about two weeks ago that works in north mississippi and he stated to me he was against the proposed season change but there was nothing he could say or do.
 

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Who ever is making the decisions up there needs to get their head out of their rear ends, and start making some decisions that help the average joe sportsman.
 

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The dept. leadership never took their time to utilize a tool that would allow them direct access to10,000+ of the most devoted outdoorsmen and women in the state. Admit it, you've got love for the outdoors if you spend your free time chatting on the internet about it often. I know I do.

Perhaps, if they would have come on the forum and explained their position better they would have found some support or at least some understanding. Instead they canned it, and blamed it on the economy. Forums don't cost a lot to maintain. Advertising would have paid for it and likely turned a profit.

Now that avenue is gone. It's quite a loss for the dept. Think about it. 10,000+ forum members from all over the state. We spread the word, for better or worse to 1000s more at our deer camps and family and friends that don't log on. Just so happens the new season proposals were not popular, but that wasn't always the case. In fairness, the MDWFP was well supported overall by the forum members, IMO. We helped them catch poachers, explain supplemental feeding regs, got the word out about draw hunts, and provided feedback on all sorts of topics directly to the Dept., good or bad. One forum member even exposed a pet shop that was illegally selling alligators. The leaderships refusal to take the negative with the positive is a body blow to thousands of the most dedicated hunters and fishermen in the state. And the entire dept. will unfortunately suffer because of it. Senseless.
 

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I was listening on the radio yesterday afternoon and of course they had the MDWFP on there trying to push these bills. What disturbed me the most was a young lady asked a question about the youth season and they couldn't give her a straight answer. Castle stated that he didn't think they would put in it October but we all know if they do have a youth season thats where they will put it. You know they are not gonna put it the first week of November after this big push to change the season. Therefore, they will either put it in Octoboer or the youth will be left hung out to dry. We should be trying to encourage our kids not put on the backburner.
 

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DUCK-HUNT said:
Polles is the biggest problem.... he is big money and thats all he cares about is the $$$$.... I have spoken with several state employees that say the same thing... of course they cant say anything because they will get the boot. He is the states BIGGEST problem

Too bad he's not in a posotion we can vote him out. As long as he is there we will continue to have problems
 

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Hey guys....keep in mind that we need to be careful about talking about individuals on this forum. Please be sure to refer to the department or the leadership, etc. when discussing topics such as this instead of specific individuals. Also, under no circumstances should the name or position and location of any department employee that may disagree with the department's stated position be posted. For the moment, I'll leave to you guys to fix this but please do so.
 

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DUCK-HUNT said:
Polles is the biggest problem.... he is big money and thats all he cares about is the $$$$.... I have spoken with several state employees that say the same thing... of course they cant say anything because they will get the boot. He is the states BIGGEST problem

Too bad he's not in a posotion we can vote him out. As long as he is there we will continue to have problems
+1 , I don't know Sam Polles but I've heard the same thing about him ! I GUESS WE HAVE A DICTATORSHIP INSTEAD OF A DEMOCRACY IS THE REASON THAT THE FEW GOT WHAT THEY WANTED INSTEAD OF LISTING TO THE PEOPLE !!!!!!!
 

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The department never came to grips with the modern deer hunting community. Its not like the "old days" anymore, sportsmen today have better equipment, better communications and better technology that keeps them informed. Todays deer hunter is really interested in deer management. Every decision the department makes, good or bad, is known immediately and is scrutinized to the third degree. Instead of engaging the hunting community and using their assets and assistance, the department blows them off. That mentality alone tells you that politics still plays a huge role in department decisions. Until that mindset is changed the department will always be lagging behind other states.
 
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