Post by thumbcatcher on Mar 6, 2020 17:17:36 GMT -5
I am surprised there isn't a post on this if I am missing it I am sorry but this information was sent to me a couple days ago. There is legislation pending that would Take $5 Million Dollars out of the KY Fish and Wild funds not only this year but next year as well. $10, Million dollars that we as Fishermen and Sportsmen Paid for from our Hunting & Fishing and Trapping Licenses.
If some one can expand on this please do but I have already called and ask my representatives to please VOTE "NO" and ask you do the same and any body else you can get to all.
The number to contact Both the HOUSE AND THE SENATE is 1-800-372-7181
I ask that if someone can better express the importance of my message and knows more please post.
03/06/20 floor amendments (1) (2) and (3) filed to Committee Substitute (1) 3rd reading, passed 86-10 with Committee Substitute (1) and committee amendment (1-title)
Looks like a lot of people want to get their hands on sportsmen’s dollars that have always gone toward sportsmen’s interests. This can have nothing but a negative effect on hunting, fishing and trapping in Kentucky. I am disappointed that I was so naive as to not understand that everything n Frankfort is politics. Sound wildlife management is being usurped by those connected to their put in place their own agenda. You don’t know who’s scratching whose back in Franklin County. I see good people with good intentions constantly being knocked back. Just as the fur market is in for tough times so is what we have always had and been the pleasant recipient of here in the Happy Hunting Ground.
UTK Life Member NRA Life Member Still trapping but getting slower
Steve, does your last post mean that it already passed? If so it's not that surprising. Beshear is following in his father's footsteps. Several years ago my wife came home from work ready to explode. Beshear Sr. had taken $1 million from KY Board of Nursing fund to fund other irons he had in the fire. This fund is paid by KY nurses for their licences. At the time the fees were $50, the next year it went up to $65. Apparently it was increased because he nor the legislature ever replaced the money. These monies are for KY nurses and programs for nursing, much like fish and wildlife fees. Beshear and the others who practice the "rob Peter to pay Paul" budgets have checks to cash their mouths wrote. Folks bought into the old shell and pea game Beshear and the "good old boy" politicians this past election. Let's hope they won't be so gullible this November. Every time I go to town I wonder.
Well, I guess I jumped the gun by accusing Beshear of his daddy's tactics. I'm shocked to find that the sponsor of this bill, Steve Rudy, is a conservative that is deeply seeped in the agricultural community of western KY. Most of what his website states that he stands for are the same principles I believe in. In 2015 he supported an amendment prohibiting videotaping "cruel treatment" of agricultural animals- the "ag gag bill". Of course we who are involved in animal management understand how the "wackos" twist and manipulate these kind of docudramas to misrepresent the truth of how things actually work to the uninformed and those far removed from the processes of real life. So I applaud Representative Rudy for his insight into this matter but am left wondering at his lack of understanding by sponsoring bill 352, especially coming from a part of the state that has wildlife issues that are affecting agricultural practices. Conservative Republican or not, we need to let him and the rest of Frankfort know that the politics of taking from one to support the other has never worked in all of human history and certainly hasn't worked in KY for the long haul. That's why so many of our programs are under budgeted because taking from one "account" to keep another afloat only causes the whole ship to sink. It doesn't work for a personal household budget, it doesn't work for a business, and it doesn't work for government. This will be a slippery slope that will drain every program eventually. Fish and wildlife obviously draws a lot of tourism for the state, but fish and wildlife can't be run like an amusement park. Raccoons, coyotes, deer, and turkeys aren't rides for Timmy and Suzie, they're critters that have to be managed with tried and true scientific protocols, like trapping and hunting. We spoke out collectively on bill 492 and our voices were heard. We need to let them hear us again. This isn't about some game wardens salary, its about an ever increasing disregard by Frankfort politicians and special interest groups lessening the importance of what we are about, the true joy of Kentucky's outdoors.
I believe we’re at the point of too many just wanting more dollars to waste and actual wildlife management taking a back seat to hikers, bikers, ATV and horse trails. There has been a takeover attempt of KDFWR going on for quite a while. I believe politicians in years past had a connection to some form of hunting fishing or trapping and respected KDFWR to run itself and leave it alone. Now the almighty dollar and their own mismanagement skills have them looking for more money for someone who’s doing something for them in some other political area. I’m afraid we may be getting some bad actors on the inside that are rogue elements only out for their self interest too that can’t be trusted. Other states have seen similar and it’s never good for those of us actually partaking in hunting, fishing and trapping. It looks like this one has gone through tweaks or additions by the politicians that it’s going to happen. If it does it’s a Pandora’s box that in twenty years KDFWR may just be a shell of what it is now that we’ll all see. But, I’m just a dumb ‘ole hillbilly. I could be wrong.
UTK Life Member NRA Life Member Still trapping but getting slower
In my opinion it can still be credited to this Gov. Its his administration that sets the stage. Just like the bill up that hikes gas tax 9 cents a gallon, taxes electric cars 200 bucks and doubles current taxes on regular vehicles. He's sets the standard of what acceptable for the next 4 yrs. Rest assured if it was are last Gov he'd get the credit! Like ky said im just a simple minded hillbilly! Colt
If you remember a few years back Gov. Collins decided to dip into the F&W funds for a few million. This was when the League of Ky Sportsman was strong and all it took was Frankfort F&W to place a call to a few people and advise them what kind of shenanigans the Gov. was trying to play. This started a chain reaction of calls among the sportsmen in the state. The message had been sent and the sportsmen of KY. had let their opinion be heard. The money was left alone. I was told after this was over that the call line had never been flooded with so many calls regarding one bill. It can still be done!
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