dewey wrote:The thing I don't get is why not put the language that Charlie found directly into the2013 SPRING WILD TURKEY HUNT APPLICATION PROCEDURES PDF? That way every hunter out there will see the new rule and be able to understand it.
Asked myself the same question. Any hunter and especially a NR would like trust the state's regulation synopsis is accurate. This gives me pause about hunting in my home state of MN without reading the entire law book and who has time or the patience for that?
30 years ago I worked with the MNDNR developing and teaching their Advanced Hunter Education program: spent 20 years as volunteer advanced instructor developing a lot of respect for the DNR and staff. Its been 10 years since I "retired" from teaching hunting over there, well actually new staff took over and decided a NR could not teach in MN any longer so the retirement was forced on me.
New staffing, no matter the organization usually changes things to reflect their views and ideas so perhaps, you'll have to wait for the pendulum to swing back for some improvement in DNR communication.
When I moved across the river 13 years ago I contacted the WDNR about volunteering to teach/develop an advanced hunter program. At that time those in charge would have loved to have me instruct. However, it had to be only the approved firearm safety program and I could not deviate from the script. As I had more contact with WDNR I came to understand why virtually every resident I met who rolled their eyes when the WDNR came up and referred to them as D-do N-nothing R-right. Slowly that is changing over here due new staff taking over and I like most of what I see happening.
So my only point here is hang in there, the MNDNR is going to change again sometime in the future, hopefully, improve. In the meantime we are hunters and we should just endure them, as you would a hemorrhoid; but enjoy hunting no matter what.