Gas Pains

Tom grew up in Milwaukee, bartended in Wauwatosa in the '70s and moved here in 1984.

Commentary, observations and musings about the outdoors, life in general and maybe Tosa politics and personalities will be the order of the day. He savors a lively debate as much as terrific cooking.

Hunt Fish Vote

Critters, Fish'n, Hunt'n, Outdoors, Politics-Other

That headline is from a bumper sticker I have.

Politics has once again won-out over science-based wildlife resource management.

The State Assembly failed in an attempt to override Governor Doyle's veto of a measure to restore the power of appointment of DNR Secretary to Wisconsin's Natural Resources Board.

This has put me in a foul mood.

The vast majority of Wisconsin's hunting and angling organizations along with thousands of hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts have been pushing for years to take-back the appointment power from the Governor.

Sure - I'm conflicted about this from time-to-time.  There are some compelling arguments to be made on both sides of the issue.

My bottom line is this.

I spend countless days in the course of a year tromping afield, sitting in a deer stand, turkey blind or casting a bait.  The critters don't have a voice.

All of the moneyed interests have a voice already.  A well-financed voice.

And I and my brethren that so value the resources that feed ourselves and our souls have just about had it with dithering elected officials and lawyers making wildlife resource decisions.

I need to go now and take my mind off of this nonsense.

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