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Wednesday, April 17, 2013
BILL: I just read the article by Mr. Thacker of Bumpass (April 11 Cochran Field Reports) regarding the management or lack there of on our national forests in Virginia. He is exactly right in his observations.
What can we as sportsmen and ladies do to get the forest service to open up some of this land to intelligent cutting of the old forest so that a new forest can take place?
I can remember back around 30 years ago when large tracts of the George Washington National Forest were cut in the Rocky Row Run Area of Amherst County. As the new forest came back, this was a great place to hunt deer, bear, grouse and turkeys. It created just the type of habitat that they loved and did well in.
This national forest land does not belong to the government, but actually belongs to the citizens of this country and I would love to see the various hunting organizations band together to get the government to open up land to wise timber management.
It seems we know what the problem is and how it could be fixed. We just need to get hunting organizations to get the ball started now. I would think that the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Virginia Deer Hunters Association would be two excellent organizations to get action started on this.
Re. a recent poll by Roanoke College that showed 48 percent of the participants favored hunting on Sunday; while 39 percent were opposed and the remainder was uncertain or did not answer.;
BILL: How many scientific polls need to be published for the Virginia House Republican leadership to realize that they are on the wrong side of this issue?
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