As The Duck Hunters Organization, Delta Waterfowl works passionately to protect and enhance hunting opportunities throughout North America. Today, we’re calling on Vermont’s sportsmen and women to help us defeat legislation in the Vermont Senate that threatens the voice of hunters in regards to wildlife management.
Senate Bill 321 would create a wildlife governance “working group” comprised of elected politicians or designees of those politicians. This working group would have the power to propose changes to the structure, culture and operation of the Department of Fish and Wildlife Board. The stated goal of the bill is to further the interests of citizens who value fish and wildlife, but do not fish or hunt. However, it’s telling that the legislation is being supported by known “animal rights” groups, most notably the Humane Society of the United States, which testified in favor of the bill.
Delta Waterfowl believes that wildlife management decisions should be based on sound science and made by trained biologists — without interference from politicians with potentially ulterior motives.
Please contact your senators today and respectfully urge them to oppose Senate Bill 321. We’ve included suggested language below. Be sure to include your hometown to indicate you are a constituent.
Thank you for helping Delta Waterfowl in its mission to secure the future of duck hunting in North America.
The Duck Hunters Organization™
Suggested email to Senator:
Dear Senator (Last Name),
I am writing today to respectfully urge you to oppose Senate Bill 321.
As a hunter and conservationist, I believe that appropriate methods of wildlife management are best determined by the state’s trained biologists. Wildlife management techniques such as hunting, fishing and trapping are governed by the best available science, regular population assessments, and constant monitoring by wildlife experts — efforts designed for the long-term benefit of wildlife populations. Hunting, fishing and trapping are integral parts of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, which is arguably the world’s greatest conservation success story.
I believe that a governance working group holding influence over fish and wildlife management would lead to decisions based on emotion or incomplete information. That would be a disservice to Vermont’s wildlife populations, and ultimately lead to management issues such as increased human-wildlife conflict and decreased revenue for conservation.
Please oppose Senate Bill 321. Thank you for considering my perspective.