[Tweeters] Interesting conversation with a Game Warden

Tom Talbott tom.talbott at gmail.com
Thu Nov 14 13:33:47 PST 2013

"I know many birders have somewhat negative opinions of hunters, but if it
weren't for them, we'd have a lot fewer places to go. "

I think that part of the problem is that the main way to support habitat is
to support hunting. Virtually all preservation exists to make sure there
will be enough birds to shoot in the future.

Hopefully, this will change as more people learn that you can be in nature
without killing things. If there were actual passes and stamps targeting
birding and targeting habitat specifically for birds just because they are
birds, I believe you would have more people contributing. When the state
sees birders and photographers as an asset and isn't predominately geared
towards hunting, then they will see more uptake in terms of revenue from
them. It will be a balance, but for now the scale seems rather tipped.

I think the Discover Pass is actually the first step in this direction. I
know people that don't like it, but I find it to be much better than the
old system.

Tom (renewed Discover Pass just came in the mail)

On Thu, Nov 14, 2013 at 1:00 PM, Walter Kuciej <WALTERK74 at comcast.net>wrote:

> Yesterday we were leaving Eide Rd after dark, and stopped to talk with the

> friendly F+W guy. Learned a few things:

> Pheasant hunters have to wear orange; duck hunters don't.

> The area is stocked 3X weekly with 40-60 birds.

> The end of legal shooting time is adjusted periodically based on the

> length of the day, not necessarily "sunset", which is too subjective.

> Any changes to the Eide Rd. site will take years. Ducks Unlimited is the

> driving force here, not the Audubon society or any birding group.

> He was surprised at how many $100 citations he gives to birders who did

> not get a Discovery Pass, but feel entitled to use the Wildlife areas

> anyway.

> He was also amazed at how many "listers" come long distances to see a rare

> bird, and not only don't get a pass, but trespass on private property as if

> they have some right to do so, not being hunters.This also happens with

> more casual birders. We saw it on Thomle Rd. when the Snowy Owls were there

> last winter. People just walking across the field who said it was "public

> land", or maybe too cheap to buy the $10 permit from the farmer "What

> farmer?" Not everyone reads tweeters.

> This has resulted in areas being closed to the public by normally friendly

> landowners who would probably give permission if asked. He mentioned once

> having to close a public area that was being overrun by birders. As

> always, a small group can give a bad name to those who play by the rules.

> If a Discover Pass ($30, think of it as a "birding license") and a Federal

> Duck Stamp ($15, which goes to buy land for refuges) seem excessive, ask

> yourself how much you spend on optics, apps, gas etc.

> I know many birders have somewhat negative opinions of hunters, but if it

> weren't for them, we'd have a lot fewer places to go.

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