Day at the Roundhouse

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What an adventure and an eye opener…

Last week I spent some time at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe trying to get the word out on sportsman’s issues.  The big ones that I was/am concerned about is the Game and Fishes Budget and trapping.

Basically, they were going to be cut by 13% over a budget that has been flat since 2008. They are currently down 61 positions most of those are Game and Fish Officers…

The other issue I was concerned about was the Anti-trapping Bill.  I will stress that I am not a trapper but this was just a bad bill.  Trapping is a needed and under-appreciated management tool.

Overall, I think we will get what I/we want but it is just a drag that we need to fight so hard for something that is right and we will have to fight again next year.  The Anti-trapping contingent is well funded and will never stop trying to ban trapping.  SO PLEASE GET INVOLVED…

The other thing that I found interesting is that unless you have a lobbyist or full-time staff that works on these issues it is very hard to get into the game.  Persuading lawmakers is all about relationships, unless they know who you are and trust you, you are just another talking head.

After looking at some of these Senators desks it because pretty obvious that professional lobbyist are bringing our Senators food as gifts.  Next year I am think about bringing little baggies of deer or elk jerky..