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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Politics of Wildlife

Ohio's sportsmen and sportswomen are nervously eying the appointment of Carroll County farmer Kim Davis to the eight-member Ohio Wildlife Council.

Davis - a Republican - was appointed by Ohio Department of Natural Resources director Sean Logan with the approval of his boss, Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat.

Normally a ho-hum affair, this newest Wildlife Council appointment is sending warning signals through the Ohio outdoors circuitry. Not because Davis is either a Republican or because she's a farmer.

It is because she is in lockstep agreement with the Ohio Farm Bureau that Ohio's deer herd must be radically reduced, a point mentioned in a recent Outdoors with Frischkorn blog.

Davis supports a drop in the pre-hunting deer population of nearly 700,000 head to perhaps as few as 250,000 head. Such a drop will devastate hunting license sales and send communities that rely on the deer season for economic stimulus reeling.

It is equally surprising that Logan-Strickland have appointed a largely non-hunter/occasional angler to the Council. This has left such pro-sportsmens' organizations as the Columbus-based U.S. Sportsmens Alliance on alert status for how Davis will react - and vote - to Wildlife Division deer-management initiatives.

- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn
JFrischkorn@News-Herald.com

2 Comments:

Blogger Howard said...

less deer = better gardens and flowers

April 23, 2010 at 5:03 PM 
Blogger Lane said...

What a shame that the Governor will be appointing someone who thinks that decimating our wildlife is wise. When, when when will this appointed board be balanced to include members that PROTECT our wildlife which is what the vast majority of OH citizens want. Luckily the cat is out of the bag now and there are more and more people that know exactly what this wildlife board is up to and whom they serve. I think this boards name should be changed to OH Hunting Club-a more appropriate name and one which they cannot hide their true agenda with.

April 25, 2010 at 9:56 AM 

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