Frustration over a public ramming open public comment into the shredder and left over hostilities towards muzzy found undesirable by few, some, many... pick your group.well this got off track quickly...
So in the case of the public lands shoulder seasons....did the Commission just conveiently omit the 94% of comments against the proposal? Do those comments and consensus of the public even make it to the fwp? Or does the Commission just throw it to the shredder?After the meeting I questioned Worsech about the lack of public comment representation... one I had hoped to ask publicly though it was a quality Q & A session, imo.
His statement: That public comment session is the work of the Commission, not under his role as the Director.
True and that is accurate. According to the public comment inquiry: it was directed by and to the Commission - set to create the regs that fwp follows, in a general sense.
By the time proposals make it to the commission level very rarely do they get changed.Or does the Commission just throw it to the shredder?
Seems like a cop-out by the Director to me. It should be his business to weigh public comment.
I can't find and did not see a scoping or tentative comment period for the shoulder season proposal. Was there one?They do. But if hunters expect the commission to make changes to proposals they did not get during the tentatives or scoping process - well it will be a long wait.
I have mixed feelings on the permits point. I think it would likely decrease traffic in popular hunting camp destinations like SW MT and Eastern MT, but would increase traffic and harvest around population centers where the herds are already small... The deer permits around Helena certainly haven't led to a bunch of good muley bucks - people who designate shoot the first one they see since they're locked to the area.Pick a district to hunt.
Make elk permits the same as deer so you are stuck to that season/area.