No Bear Hunting in Florida this year!

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Re: No Bear Hunting in Florida this year!

Post by gladesman » Tue Jun 28, 2016 9:14 am

1st step - Check to see if hunters really care about bear hunting

Install a special pinned thread (not a poll - too easy) on all the Souther Airboat (for exposure) forums asking people one question - Would you be interested in contributing serious time and effort to the cause of getting bear hunting back in Florida?

2nd step - share a link to that thread far and wide to organizations (not just airboat groups) and individuals so as to produce results.

Hunters response will indicate if any further steps need to be developed. Upon reflection FWC commissioners might not have been convinced it was worth their effort to push it this year due to low turnout of hunters at their meetings.

3rd step - Depends

If Hundreds of people interested = move ahead with development of next steps

If only few are interested = Skip It and stop whining over it and go play with the toys.

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Re: No Bear Hunting in Florida this year!

Post by GOTTHEITCH22 » Tue Jun 28, 2016 9:27 am

gladesman wrote:
Rich Andrews wrote:I hope the Broward club looks at all options on where to hold the Airboat show.
Was told tonight that the Micosukkee Casino always is open to considering such events.
Any of the parks would work also .

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Re: No Bear Hunting in Florida this year!

Post by gladesman » Tue Jun 28, 2016 9:46 am

GOTTHEITCH22 wrote:
gladesman wrote:
Rich Andrews wrote:I hope the Broward club looks at all options on where to hold the Airboat show.
Was told tonight that the Micosukkee Casino always is open to considering such events.
Any of the parks would work also .
Examples???

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Re: No Bear Hunting in Florida this year!

Post by GOTTHEITCH22 » Tue Jun 28, 2016 9:59 am

Markham park hold bigger events then the boat show so they can do it

Quiet water hold big events .

There plenty of options other then the rodeo grounds

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Re: No Bear Hunting in Florida this year!

Post by gladesman » Tue Jun 28, 2016 10:04 am

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Re: No Bear Hunting in Florida this year!

Post by gladesman » Sun Jul 03, 2016 9:40 pm

Link to source of ar5ticle below - http://jacksonville.com/news/florida...ontinued-fight

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After hunt postponement, bear advocates plan continued fight

By Ariella Phillips Sun, Jul 3, 2016 @ 6:17 pm
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Bob.Mack@jacksonville.com - 10/23/15 - Wendy Sugalski takes a photo of the group that gathered in Hemming Park at the end of the protest. The Stop the Florida Bear Hunt campaign staged a protest in downtown Jacksonville, FL on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015 on the day before opening day of Florida's first black bear hunting season since 1994. Protestors fanned out around Hemming Park with signs and handed out flyers to people passing by. (The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack) Bob.Mack@jacksonville.com
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Bob.Mack@jacksonville.com - 10/23/15 - Wendy Sugalski takes a photo of the group that gathered in Hemming Park at the end of the protest. The Stop the Florida Bear Hunt campaign staged a protest in downtown Jacksonville, FL on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015 on the day before opening day of Florida's first black bear hunting season since 1994. Protestors fanned out around Hemming Park with signs and handed out flyers to people passing by. (The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack)

Following last month’s decision by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to postpone bear hunting season this year, groups opposed to future hunts say they’re not done advocating for the animals.

“We’re enjoying this victory, but we’re still very concerned,” said Adam Sugalski, founder of Stop the Florida Bear Hunt, a group he formed a year ago this month.

The group plans to continue educating residents and proposing ways to help keep the bear population from coming in contact with humans through means other than hunting.

Its main focus will be to work with the 14 counties, including Volusia and Putnam, that have the most bear-human interactions to pass trash ordinances, said Lisa Sapp, a volunteer with Stop The Florida Bear Hunt who’s worked with several counties to pass legislation against leaving trash out overnight.

The group also plans to continue to work with the commission to supply low-cost, bear-proof trash cans and locks to residents after their counties pass trash ordinances, she said.

In March, FWC estimated the state’s bear population to be about 4,350, which does not include cubs or the 304 bears killed in the October 2015 hunt.

“We want to work behind the scenes to provide a better solution than hunting,” she said.

Before the recent commission meeting, 28 cities held protests June 18 asking the commission to stop future bear hunts.

The commission decided to postpone hunting for one year at a meeting June 22 following nearly seven hours of public comment from about 100 people,

In a 4-3 vote to delay, commissioners said in the next year they will gather more information on managing the increasing bear population.

Chuck O’Neal, director of Speak Up Wekiva, an environmental organization that has advocated against bear hunts, and a candidate for state Senate District 11, said this issue could be critical in an election year.

“This is about right and wrong,” he said, adding it was amazing to see the commission’s 4-3 vote.

Wildlife staff had proposed an expanded hunt broken into three four-day periods in October. The 2015 hunt was called off after two days, but could have lasted seven.

O’Neal said if elected to the Senate he’ll push for an amendment to make wildlife commissioners elected, not appointed by the governor. If necessary, he’ll also push for a referendum on bear hunting.

The commission will invest $825,000 for communities to reduce bear-human conflicts, according to a news release.

Wildlife commission Executive Director Nick Wiley said in the statement, “Although hunting has been demonstrated to be a valuable tool to control bear populations across the country, it is just one part of FWC’s comprehensive bear management program.”

Sugalski said the key is to stay relevant and active.

“It’s still an incredible victory — we don’t get many of these,” he said.

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Re: No Bear Hunting in Florida this year!

Post by gladesman » Mon Jul 04, 2016 2:55 am

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Re: No Bear Hunting in Florida this year!

Post by flcracker9 » Mon Jul 04, 2016 5:11 pm

We all need to be more active, we are behind the 8 ball. I don't plan to hunt bear, but fully stand behind hunting as the most effective management tool for population control. I was only able to make 1 meeting, but I've been very vocal on the FWC's website, praising them last year with moving forward with the hunt under immense pressure from the anti-movement, as was I critical of them on their website for going against even more scientific facts as were presented this year. They disregarded the presentations of not only our own expert biologists, but also some of the most knowledgeable bear experts from all over the southeast. Most outdoorsmen feel betrayed by Bergeron, and he's taking a beating on his Facebook page for posting a pic of a bear scratching it's back on a tree, with a caption reading good news for bears, no hunting us this season. Most outdoorsmen/gladesmen take this as a slap in the face!
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Re: No Bear Hunting in Florida this year!

Post by lilly-Pad » Mon Jul 04, 2016 7:18 pm

I agree Kevin we need to get better organized and more actively involved in the processes. I have also given my opinions on the FWC site we need a thread with dates and locations for meetings and important dates. Fully understand that most if not of us on here have jobs and other responsibilities so attending every meeting is not always doable but I think most would be willing to do their part?
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Re: No Bear Hunting in Florida this year!

Post by gladesman » Thu Jul 07, 2016 5:09 pm

One could include this FWC site address in your favorites http://myfwc.com/about/commission/commi ... ings/2017/ - it is the schedule list of all 2017 FWC meetings and cities they will be in - excerpted below :

February 8-9, 2017, Gainesville
Agenda | News Releases | Photos | Minutes

April 19-20, 2017, Tallahassee
Agenda | News Releases | Photos | Minutes

July 10-11, 2017, Kissimmee Area
Agenda | News Releases | Photos | Minutes

September 27-28, 2017, TBD
Agenda | News Releases | Photos | Minutes

December 6-7, 2017, Okeechobee
Agenda | News Releases | Photos | Minutes

http://myfwc.com/about/commission/commi ... ings/2017/

That's a fair amount of time (12 or 13 months) to make plans for the (July 10-11, 2017, Kissimmee Area meeting)

AND begin NOW to demand that FWC schedule the bear hunt issue be on their agenda at that centrally located meeting site.



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