Sunday, March 20, 2016

Montpelier Charter Change Bill H.871 for Berlin Pond (anti-Fishing/Hunting)

The City of Montpelier members in the Vermont House of Representative have now introduced the bill H. 871 to
circumvent the Vermont Sportsmen's Bill of Rights as the City of Montpelier has failed in all of its previous actions
The City of Montpelier has lost before the Supreme Court of Vermont (SCOV), State of Vermont agency appeals
and the legislature has not moved its bill H.33 to allow it control the Berlin Pond.  Now the City of Montpelier want
to have the ability to ban recreational activities on the Berlin Pond.  The City of Montpelier wants to ban paddle
craft (canoes and kayaks) lawful fishing and migratory bird hunting and trapping on the Berlin Pond. 
The Berlin Pond has been held by state agencies and the SCOV to be an open public body of water and it lies entirely
with the Town of Berlin.  Berlin voters rejected by a large margin the controls City of Montpelier demands to enact on
the pond entirely in the Town of Berlin.  Montpelier has a modern water treatment plant, state/federal tax dollars paid for.
When did the Town of Berlin become a conquered/subservient satellite of the City of Montpelier? 
The Vermont outdoors sporting/shooting community has faced the City of Burlington working to enact gun control ordinances.  
Now, once again, Montpelier is going after the other remaining activities protected by the Vermont Sportsmen's Bill of Rights.
What is the next attack?  The City of Burlington seeking to ban fishing and migratory bird hunting on Lake Champlain? 
If just one municipality get exemptions to the Vermont Sportsmen's Bill of Rights municipalities all over Vermont can try to enact
their own restrictive bans or regulations.  If successful, a conflicting and confusing patchwork of ordinances banning or regulating
hunting/trapping, shooting, and fishing will soon exist. 
This is exactly why 24 VSA 2295, commonly called the Vermont Sportsmen's Bill of Rights was enacted in 1987 and went into effect
in 1988.  It has worked well for Vermont for all of these years.  Until huge amounts of gun control dollars started pouring into Vermont. 

Friday, March 11, 2016

Vermont antis attack Coyote Taking by the Outdoor Sporting Men & Women

> This anti article below is wrong on science and a mere PR piece for those opposing our rights.
> The antis are targeting hunting (which always included trapping), fishing and shooting in Vermont.
> They receive out-of-state funding and other resource support.  Our strength comes from our ranks
> standing together.  In solidarity we are a formidable force in protecting our rights from anti campaigns.
> Olguita Sobko: Coyote killing needs to stop
> Mar. 9, 2016, 6:55 pm
> Editor's note: This commentary is by Olguita Sobko, of Fairlee, who lives sustainably along the edge of a forest, with fox, coyote and other wildlife while raising organic and free range farm animals and is an award winning amateur nature photographer.
> In North America, our very special dog — the coyote — was and still remains highly respected by Native American Indians. Coyotes hold a special place in our history. The Navaho sheep and goat herders greatly revered coyotes, and referred to them as "God's dog."
> In the past 10 years, what was once a regular occurrence in the woods around our home was the chorus and howls of the song dogs, otherwise known as the Eastern coyote. Now, if we hear them once or twice in a year's time we consider ourselves blessed to have heard the call of the wild. Instead, the call is replaced with the blasts of gunshot and hounds bellowing on a coyote chase.
> The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department not only allows for an open season on coyote hunting, but also allows for their trapping and does not hold coyote hunting contests to be illegal.
> Today, we are able to witness the results of such inexcusable, unmonitored, scientifically unsupported and negligent management system by the Fish and Wildlife Department.
> Today, Vermont-based news articles inform us of "field agents" and sales personnel teaching seminars on how to hunt coyote. What these articles fail to acknowledge is the self-serving association that these instructors have notably that they are employed by FoxPro, an electronic "animal calling" device business. Not only do these "field agents" boast of the "fun" and "thrill" from killing, but also boast of killing over 500 coyote in the span of six years. In one article, the staff writer failed to provide appropriate scientific support to the comment made by an instructor that coyote will pull "a calf out of its mother before it's even born." The article also failed to provide unbiased and scientific information or reference about why unrestricted coyote killing is counterproductive.
> Today, if you spend any time on social media you can actually witness the sordid, perverse and extremely disturbing trend to capture the moments leading to the kill, be it by trap or hunting with hounds. We can even see a video collection of the event itself. These photographs and videos are then an open forum for support and cheers by the unethical hunting or trapping community who embrace the killings, tally goals and quantities killed numbering to 50 or who killed the smallest or largest coyote. They regale at the evident fear, stress and singular vulnerable moments these coyote experience prior to meeting their death after possibly having spent 24 hours in subzero temperatures caught in a leghold trap or after having been chased by several hounds for 38 miles to a fatal exhaustion; only after a final photo-op with the smiling owner of the camera and gun as he poses for one last shot — pun intended.
> The research of Dr. Robert Crabtree, a well-respected wildlife biologist, shows that coyote populations subjected to varying degrees of lethal control — including natural populations with no control at all — demonstrates the failure of lethal control to minimize predation on domesticated livestock and wild ungulate populations. Instead his research shows that indiscriminate killing of adult coyotes — like that done by USDA Wildlife Services — actually causes social and behavioral changes that drive coyotes, for example, to target unnatural prey sources such as sheep in order to feed larger litters of pups.
> Certainly if the state Fish and Wildlife Department can pay to have deer poaching deterrents and is concerned about the ethics of deer hunting, then there should be just as much concern and monitoring of coyote hunting.
> Coyotes respond to control programs with a number of complex biological mechanisms, which work very efficiently to boost their numbers. When the alpha or dominant breeding pair is killed, subordinate pack members often begin breeding, bearing larger litters of pups with significantly higher survival rates. In order to feed large and healthy litters, coyotes must increase their caloric intake, which can result in their changing from the natural rodent prey source to preying on sheep and lambs. 
> While coyote are a natural predator of deer, they more importantly keep the herd healthy by taking the weak and older members of a herd. Rodents, rabbits, turkey serve a greater portion of their diet, all the while keeping rodents in greater control, supporting management of ticks and Lyme disease-carrying hosts. The also eat fruit, vegetation, insects and keep ecosystems vital, healthy and clean. Coyote may also minimize the feral cat population, thereby reducing bird predation.
> This letter is a call to action. This letter is a call to our humanity, our morality, our ethics and our absolute need to find reverence and respect for the lives of these "God's dogs" and the role they play in our ecosystem as essential predators.
> This letter is a call to our Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, board and Legislature to address this unscientifically supported open season whereby coyote can and are killed during mating season, while pregnant, and while raising their young. It is time proper monitoring is mandated. There is no measure of how many coyote remain in this state, or how many are so brutally killed for "fun," an "adrenalin rush," a monetary winning contest, for their fur in a trap, or lastly for misplaced ignorance by the sport hunting community that coyote "poach" "their" deer.
> There should be a monitoring system and a means of accountability. Certainly if the state Fish and Wildlife Department can pay to have deer poaching deterrents and is concerned about the ethics of deer hunting, then there should be just as much concern and monitoring of coyote hunting.
> It is time we as citizens of this state take a better look at the way the Fish and Wildlife Department manages our wildlife. As intelligent humans how do we sit by and allow such barbaric killings to occur? What are we teaching our children? Where are the morals and ethics and regard for other living creatures who too are trying to survive their ever shrinking world challenged not only by nature herself but by these barbaric methods of "sport" – hound/hunting and killing. Our society is shocked and questions acts of violence perpetrated on a daily basis in the country and yet fails to acknowledge or implement greater measures for preventing acts of violence upon animals and wildlife. Where is the difference? This is not hunting or trapping for food but truly a sadistic, violent and destructive trend. Children are witness and being taught from an early age to disengage from compassion and empathy but to harden their innocence to accept violence against wildlife.
> This is a letter is a call to action; to write your legislators to address these acts of violence upon our wildlife but also to find compassion within yourselves, teach it to your children by example, and not accept or tolerate unethical and scientifically unsupported open season killing of coyote for fun, for increased sales to a salesperson working for a hunting business, for fur, for an adrenalin rush or for misguided, misinformed, ignorant and false reasons.
> Like our beloved dogs, devoted and part of our families, coyote, too, are intelligent, altruistic, playful, affectionate, and devoted caregivers. Coyotes are magnificent animals that are tragically persecuted and maligned.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs Annual Banquet, Saturday, March 12 at Barre Elks Club

The Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs will hold it Annual Banquet on Saturday, March 12 at the Barre Elks Club.
The attachment to this E-mail provides more information and for personal contact, Roy or Marcia Marble at: 802-888-3418 or 

North Country Sportsmans Club appeal to the Vermont Supreme Court

The North Country Sportsmen's Club (NCSC) in Williston filed a Motion for a Declaratory Judgement in
the Superior Court for Chittenden County.  The NCSC prevailed in all of the issues it contested in this
court action.  But, the judge went onto to include adverse terms in what is called "dicta" and not part of
issues the court had before it in the legal action filed by the NCSC. 
Dicta are opinions of a judge that do not embody the resolution or determination of the specific case
before the court.  Dicta is an opinion of the judge and go beyond the facts or issues before the court.
Other courts may take "judicial notice" of the dicta in the case decision in application of other cases.
A copy of the decision may be viewed by clicking on the attachment to this E-mail.
The club will submit a Motion for Reconsideration and wants to be prepared to promptly file an appeal
to the Vermont Supreme Court.  To file the action before the supreme court, the club has been cited a
$10,000 fixed cost fee by their attorney.  The club's lawyer is well respected in the area of municipal
law, Hans Huessy.  The Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs is working with the NCSC to help 
raise the $10,000 to file the appeal.   The Federation has provided the NCSC with $2,500.00 towards
the $10,000 needed to fund the NCSC appeal to the Vermont Supreme Court.
Contributions to fund the $10,000 legal fees for the NCSC appeal may be sent to:
North Country Sportsmen's Club
PO Box 1093
Williston, VT 05495