Sunday, November 23, 2014

Hunting, fishing and trapping folks have too much influence...

The vast majority of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Departments funding comes from license
and permit fees and the Pittman-Robertson (guns, ammo, archery) and Dingell-Johnson
(fishing equipment) federal excise fees.  The writer thinks hunters, trappers and anglers
have too much say in Vermont.  Like the antigun advocates, they say it is their state now.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Vermont Conservation Plate Unveiling w/Gov. Shumlin on Monday

Media Advisory
Contact: VTF&W -- Susan Warner or John Hall, 802-828-1000
Conservation License Plate Unveiling w/ Gov. Shumlin
Monday, November 10
WHAT:  Governor Shumlin will unveil three new conservation license plate designs – a loon, brook trout, and white-tailed deer.
WHEN:  Monday, November 10, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.
WHERE:  The Governor's Ceremonial Office in the second floor of the State House, Montpelier, Vt.
WHO:  Governor Shumlin, D.M.V. Commissioner Robert Ide, Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter, F&W director of public relations Susan Warner, wildlife division director Mark Scott, wildlife diversity program coordinator Steve Parren, D.E.C. Environmental Analyst Rick Hopkins. 
  • Conservation plates have raised over $2 million since they were first released in 1997. 
  • The original conservation plate was the peregrine falcon – the catamount plate was added in 2006.
  • Funds from the sale of the plates are split between the Nongame Wildlife Fund and the Watershed Grant Fund.
  • Funds in excess of the needs of the current programs will go to the Green Mountain Conservation Camps, where kids ages 12 to 16 learn about ecology and the outdoors
  • The Nongame Wildlife Fund protects animals such as lynx, loons, bats, turtles, and bald eagles. 
  • The Watershed Grant Fund gives money to projects such as streambank plantings, a native plant nursery, and fish passage improvements.
  • The loon was chosen by the public to replace the peregrine falcon through an online poll conducted by the Fish & Wildlife Department. 
  • Brook trout were chosen to represent the Watershed Grant Fund because they require clean water and intact habitat to thrive. 
  • The image for the brook trout plate was painted by former Fish & Wildlife commissioner Patrick Berry just before he stepped down as commissioner earlier in 2014.  The deer and loon images were painted by Berlin, Vermont artist Linda Mirabile.
  • Conservation license plates are purchased when drivers register their vehicle, either online or at the Montpelier, D.M.V.
  • Conservation license plates are currently on 5,699 registered vehicles in Vermont.
John Hall, Outreach Division
[phone]      802-828-1000      [fax]      802-828-1250
Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department
1 National Life Drive, Davis 2
Montpelier VT 05620

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Mandatory background/registration system in Vermont

The gun control advocates in Vermont see the passing of mandatory background/registration
checks in Washington State as cause for the same law to be enacted in Vermont.   Read the
the entire Vermont gun control logo, which calls for Vermont to be the next state.
What would this law do?  Click on the link below for what you will soon face in Montpelier.