by Chris Chaffin - Sunday, December 18, 2016
Since the 70s, sportsmen have sought—sometimes demanded—increasing opportunities to share their input on wildlife management decisions with their respective state departments of natural resources (DNRs), or game agencies. Of course, that desire comes from concerns about hunting opportunities: the length of seasons, unit boundaries, number of permits, hunting methods, bag limits, long-term health of game species' populations and philosophical positions supporting hunting as conservation and methods of bringing new participants into hunting and the shooting sports.
The outcome of public meetings and other interactions is diverse. While the objective is to build consensus or at the least “informed consent,” meetings occasionally become heated, making communication and cooperation challenging. After all, both sides typically are emotionally vested in wildlife and related hunting opportunities.
Keep these 12 tips in mind to foster your interaction with wildlife management agencies, maintaining or even increasing your hunting opportunities.
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