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Enforcement is complicated, but some fellows told me that they support enforcement initiatives because it gives bureaucrats an incentive to keep the sport alive, through whatever means at their disposal. Sort of like the trout stocking program here, F&W are rightly trying to attract angler $'s to trout fishing since those $'s support their jobs.


It's a jujitsu move to use the government's bureaucratic engine for your own benefit, the main thing is to keep the regulating bodies on your side, showing them how keeping you satisfied as a hunter or angler is in their best interests.


The complicated part about hunting is the competing interests that are against any guns or others against any form of killing wildlife. I believe those are the forces that drive the micromanagement of kill tags, limits and complicated regs, as the bureaucrats try to maintain a balance of politics and self-preservation.


As you wrote succinctly: the balance of power: politics, vested interests, and owed favors.
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The complicated part about hunting is the competing interests that are against any guns or others against any form of killing wildlife.
Did ya see, Rob, the rebuilding of the impoundments that the NJ DEP did in the Tuckahoe WMA west of Ocean City? That's a bit south of you, I believe, but it's worth noting, at least in the context of this discussion, because the work was financed (at least partly or wholly; I'm not sure which) by DU, not by the state, which (big surprise! ) doesn't have the funding for it.

Part of the DU deal is that the WMA will have to remain open for hunting (it's evidently a prime waterfowl migration spot, and therefore a big deal for duck hunters). This is the kind of smart conservation, using the economic impact of hunters, that can really make a big difference in preserving access, not matter what the anti-gun nuts say or do.
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Did ya see, Rob, the rebuilding of the impoundments that the NJ DEP did in the Tuckahoe WMA west of Ocean City? That's a bit south of you, I believe, but it's worth noting, at least in the context of this discussion, because the work was financed (at least partly or wholly; I'm not sure which) by DU, not by the state, which (big surprise! ) doesn't have the funding for it.

Part of the DU deal is that the WMA will have to remain open for hunting (it's evidently a prime waterfowl migration spot, and therefore a big deal for duck hunters). This is the kind of smart conservation, using the economic impact of hunters, that can really make a big difference in preserving access, not matter what the anti-gun nuts say or do.

I missed that but a smart move on their part! There are a couple of organizations out there that supply smart outdoor funding.
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For years I have been sending books to Ducks Unlimited chapters annually for their fund raisers. I get these books wholesale and these orgs put them out for bid to members or raffle them. Shooters love to support their sporting activities by throwing money at land acquisitions which both benefit waterfowl and provide places to hunt. Trout Unlimited, Wild Turkey Federation, NRA, to name only some, also do similar things to juice up the sports. Then the picknickers, bird watchers, hikers cross country skiiers and horseback riders who utilize these lands both during and the off season, criticize us for utilizing these lands which otherwise would have fallen to developers.
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All this shark coverage on the Cape has got the towns and state in a tither over what to do about the sharks. Apparently, the belief is that the seals have brought in the sharks and the sharks are scaring a lot of the tourists what with two shark attacks, one fatal, this summer season.

Got a great idea: throw some weed in the surf and when the sharks light up call in an air strike on the sharks. Better yet, troll for sharks with fresh Democrats from Boston Pravda.
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Martin, it's all psychological. You yell barracuda, everybody says, "Huh? What?" You yell shark, we've got a panic on our hands on the Fourth of July.
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There has been a 600 seal die off in Maine through the spread of some disease the seals have. Possibly this will spread to Cape seals and solve the shark problem. Its against the law to euthanize the seals but its okay not to treat them for their affliction. Of course 100,000 rotting seals on the beaches of the Cape may raise somewhat of a stink.
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Don't worry, all coastal Marine Stranding Units will get on this and solve the seal die-off.


It'll be on the President's desk in short order.
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What, pray tell, is a "coastal Marine stranding unit?"
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I probably shouldn't have even posted it, but there are variously funded and supported groups of folks who "rescue" beached mammals:typically dolphins, seals-in-distress and if practical bring them back to healing tanks and treat them.

A search for "Marine Mammal Stranding" will pull up a NOAA page plus various state orgs that do this.
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More to the thread's point, Cape surfcasting is history because of local control, management issues, evolution of seals, and sharks which all interfere with traditional use. Some of us predicted this downtrend as far back as 1988. There was just too much haggling over beach access and too much hostility as a result. I mean digging "tank traps" in the beach trails which caused dangerous, wheel locking lurch of a motor vehicle is assault. Local police doing nothing about it. Editorials in the Cape Cod Times condemning beach buggy use and referring to families living on the beach for a vacation as gypsies. National Park Service condemnation of oversand RVs. The Cape has killed itself. I said in at least one of my books, maybe two, "nothing stays the same."
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