United We Stand, Divided We Fall

“United We Stand, Divided We Fall”, you don’t have to be a native Kentuckian to understand these words.  In fact, these same words are used around the globe as a call to action.

Now is the time for the sportsmen/women of Kentucky to take these words to heart…you’re under attack and you don’t even see it coming.

After years of research, by numerous state and federal agencies, the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources has proposed a season for sandhill cranes.  Although in development for some time, I was first made aware of a proposed sandhill crane season from a Courier Journal article that ran in January of 2011.  Next, it was made the focal point by members of the KY Coalition For Sandhill Cranes at a KDFWR Town Hall Meeting held in the 3rd Wildlife District and again in the 6th Wildlife District.

The KDFWR Sandhill Crane Proposal is not a race to see which state can have the first season, as some would have you believe.  It’s not about misdirecting the public with faulty information, as some would have you believe.  It’s not about generating revenue for the KDFWR, as some would have you believe.

Most certainly, the KDFWR Sandhill Crane Season Proposal is not about destroying a natural resource.  In fact, every species of animal that has come under the careful control of managed hunting has not just survived, they have thrived.

A Sandhill Crane Season is not the pipe dream of the KDFWR.  The premise for such a season was fostered by the United States Fish & Wildlife Services, the same agency that has protected this avian resource for decades, protecting and bringing it back from near extinction. This is the same agency that governs all migratory birds within the borders of the United States, while coordinating with agencies of our bordering countries.

Only after careful consideration, of habitat, population growth, natural mortality and migration patterns, the USFWS concluded that those states in the Eastern Flyways could submit a Sandhill Crane Season Proposal for consideration.  The KDFWR proposal, conservative by design, was approved by the USFWS.

Our KDFWR Wildlife Commissioners have unanimously passed the Sandhill Crane Season Proposal.  Soon it will be resting in the laps of our Commonwealth’s Legislative Review Committee.

By now, the voice of those opposed to a Sandhill Crane Season has been heard loud and clear.

Where is the voice of the sportsmen and women of the Commonwealth?  How loud are you letting your opinions and wants be heard?

Unfortunately, this turmoil has now evolved into a bigger issue than sandhill cranes.  It’s now an issue of sportsmen’s rights.  A defeated Sandhill Crane Season is a win for those that don’t understand or value the contributions to conservation that hunters and anglers have provided, and continue to provide.  This win for the “anti-hunting crane groups is the first foothold needed to begin systematically stripping away all your rights of hunting, fishing and trapping.

Sportsmen and women of the Commonwealth…you must let your opinions be heard, contact your Legislators today.  Whatever you do, don’t sit idle and watch your hunting heritage be taken away.

“United We Stand, Divided We Fall”, remember those words.

Will you stand shoulder to shoulder with a loud and united voice?  Or will you remain quietly sidelined, scattered to the wind, becoming increasingly irrelevant?

Who’s My Legislator

http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Legislators.htm

KY Dept of Fish & Wildlife Resources Sandhill Crane Proposal

http://fw.ky.gov/navigation.aspx?cid=886&navpath=C117

Sincerely,

Mark Nethery
President
League of KY Sportsmen

 

• Sen. Joe Bowen Co Chair

702 Capitol Ave.

Annex Rm. 228

Frankfort, Ky. 40601

Daviess, McLean Counties

Joe.bowen@lrc.ky.gov

502-564-8100

800-372-7181 – Legislative Message Line

 

• Rep. Johnny Bell Co Chair

702 Capitol Ave.

Annex Rm. 357C

Frankfort, Ky. 40601

Barren, Warren Counties

Johnny.bell@lrc.ky.gov

502-564-8100

800-372-7181 – Legislative Message Line

 

• Sen. David Givens

702 Capitol Ave.

Annex Rm. 215

Frankfort, Ky. 40601

Allen, Barren, Edmonson, Green, Metcalf, Simpson Counties

David.givens@lrc.ky.gov

502-564-8100

800-372-7181 – Legislative Message Line

 

• Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr

702 Capitol Ave.

Annex Rm. 215

Frankfort, Ky. 40601

Fayette County

Alice.kerr@lrc.ky.gov

502-564-8100

800-372-7181 – Legislative Message Line

 

• Sen. Joey Pendleton

702 Capitol Ave.

Annex Rm. 255

Frankfort, Ky. 40601

Christian, Logan, Todd Counties

Joey.Pendleton@lrc.ky.gov

502-564-8100

800-372-7181 – Legislative Message Line

 

• Rep. Danny Ford

702 Capitol Ave.

Annex Rm. 414

Frankfort, Ky. 40601

Lincoln, Pulaski, Rockcastle Counties

Danny.ford@lrc.ky.gov

502-564-8100

800-372-7181 – Legislative Message Line

 

• Rep. Jimmie Lee

702 Capitol Ave.

Annex Rm. 457B

Frankfort, Ky. 40601

Hardin County

Jimmie.lee@lrc.ky.gov

502-564-8100

800-372-7181 – Legislative Message Line

 

• Rep. Robert Damron

702 Capitol Avenue

Annex Rm. 313A

Frankfort, Ky. 40601

Robert.damron@lrc.ky.gov

502-564-8100

800-372-7181 – Legislative Message Line