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Regulations need to be simplified

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To the editor:

I read with considerable interest the hunting and fishing editorial in the Wednesday, January 15, 2014 Echo Press. Although many valid points were brought up, I believe there was one obvious point that was conspicuous by its absence.

I am 76 years old and have been hunting and fishing since my mid-teens (do the math) and, consequently, have seen many changes in my hunting and fishing experience, both good and bad.

One of the “bad” changes has been the evolution of a complicated and convoluted set of hunting and fishing regulations. I understand that keeping current with changing conditions and technology is important but, it seems that the DNR has gone overboard in this area. As I write this, I have in my hand a set of the 1946 Hunting and Trapping Regulations. The entire hunting regulations for that year (deer, small game and trapping) were on a single sheet of 6-1/4 by 14 inch sheet of paper (printed on both sides).

To suggest that we go back to something that simple is absurd. However, the current situation of 130 pages of hunting regulations is equally absurd. I believe that this evolution has turned off many current and potential hunters. It is almost to the point that a hunter needs to take an attorney into the field, duck blind and deer stand with him or her. Although I do not have an old copy of the fishing regulations, I am sure the situation is very similar, where the current regulations are nearly 100 pages long.

I truly believe that hunting and fishing regulations can be simplified without an adverse impact on our treasured fish and wildlife of the state.

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