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Re: “Up to Here in Deer: As Fewer Vermonters Hunt, the Growing Herd Is Becoming a Problem

There are a lot of folks pointedly ignoring the real problem here. Posted land. When folks don't allow any hunting on their land, they create problems not only for themselves, but for their neighbors. Good stewardship requires a willingness to manage for the health of our wildlife and the habitat that supports them. That means acknowledging that if you live where there is an excess of deer, you should probably find some hunters that you can develop a relationship with wherein you feel comfortable allowing them access to your land. We cannot stockpile deer. It doesn't work, and an excess population can cause multiple conflicts both human and environmental.

Blaming this on predator hunting and trapping is more than a red herring, it's a blatant lie being told to press an agenda. Keep in mind that in areas where folks cannot access the deer herd due to posting, they also cannot access the predator base. Ironically, those who have posted their land due to a dislike of hunting, have provided a safe haven for this burgeoning deer population, and in so doing have also provided the control which certifies the need for hunting. If the "nature balances itself" mantra were true, then heavily posted areas would not be the areas most out of balance, but they are. Nature never "balances itself", but rather swings as a pendulum. Predator and prey never find balance, but rather seek excess for the sake of propagation. This leads to disease and starvation which are far more cruel than hunting and trapping. As beings with complex thought processes, not only do we have the means to moderate the swings, we have the responsibility to.

Finally, we no longer have a landscape capable of supporting wolves. They are legitimately incompatible with the current landscape In Vermont.

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Posted by Mike Covey on 10/04/2018 at 1:23 AM

Re: “Making a Stink: Man Protests Burlington's Wastewater Dumps

James Ehlers has long advocated for the lake. Perhaps if he wins the democratic primary for governor we will see some real change and an administrator who will bring the cities who are responsible to task. The primaries are August 14, but you can do early voting at your town clerk or via absentee ballot tomorrow. He certainly has a proven track record.

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Posted by Mike Covey on 07/27/2018 at 12:03 AM

Re: “Vermont Plans to Step Up Logging on Public Land Around Camel's Hump

The area of greatest concern within the forestry plan is the significant and glaring lack of maintenance planned for early successional habitat. I understand the difficulty of managing a parcel with so much elevation change and varied habitat, however, equally important is the critical nature of early successional habitat to the greatest number of our wildlife species. The plan, as written, prescribes a meager 1-2% of the harvestable lands to be maintained as early successional habitat. This is far too small a percentage. Habitat studies conducted by the Ruffed Grouse Society indicated with a great deal of clarity that a well-maintained forest with 15-20% kept in early successional habitat provided a great deal more benefit to wildlife than large tracts of older growth forests. While this may be a difficult challenge for the unit, it would be good for the stewardship team to reassess the proposed numbers, consider even-aged management in addition to uneven-aged management, and at least make an attempt to get them closer to a desirable percentage. It was suggested by a team member that the small percentage was an attempt to mimic natural processes. We must question why the team is willing to entertain that idea when we have information available which can improve the habitat and experience for both our wild populations and our citizens.

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Posted by Mike Covey on 04/15/2018 at 2:35 PM

Re: “One Controversial Coyote Hunt Is Canceled, and Another Crops Up

In October, Mrs. Galdenzi and her husband both took to Front Page Forum exhorting folks to post their land over deer hunting as well. Not only did they indicate that deer hunting was a terrible thing, they offered to supply posters. The simple fact of the matter is that Mrs. Galdenzi, a vegan, is opposed to any and all utilization of not only wildlife, but animals in general. That's fine for her, but marginalizing and working to ostracize fellow community members in an attempt to force them into the same choices she makes is fundamentally wrong.

She has repeatedly and openly stated that sporting conservationists (hunters and trappers), are a minority and therefore their interests are insignificant. We don't accept this treatment of our LGBT community, our developmentally delayed community, or any of our myriad ethnic communities. I challenge anyone to give me a single rational reason that we should accept her attempts at bullying the hunting and trapping community.

Hunters and trappers are multidimensional members of your communities. They are teachers, doctors, students, mothers; and they deserve the same consideration as every other lifestyle receives for their contributions. Perhaps instead of blindly judging based on the propaganda of an agenda driven organization, folks should go speak with outdoorspeople and learn about the heritage, camaraderie, and connection with the land that draws them outside.

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Posted by Mike Covey on 01/12/2018 at 12:23 AM

Re: “Up in Arms: Bill Would Let Cops Take Guns in Domestic Violence Cases

No mention of the Fourth or Fifth Amendments, the real casualties of this bill. While it does have Second Amendment ramifications, it goes far beyond that with its overreach. This bill presumes guilt in contradiction to the Fifth, and legalizes the unlawful search for and seizure of private property without any conviction of guilt in violation of the Fourth. Keep in mind that the Constitution does not enumerate rights "granted" to the citizenry by government, but is the restraint of government. THESE RIGHTS ARE UNASSAILABLE, and for this article to mention neither the Fourth or Fifth Amendment violations inherent in this horrible piece of legislation is nothing short of shameful.

There are a great deal of folks with an irrational fear of firearms. By focusing on guns, we ignore the greater concern, the removal of our rights to trial and freedom from unwarranted search and seizure. What will this apply to next?

Generally, the responsible thing to do with a mess is clean it up, not try to pass it off as somehow beneficial. This bill is a clear attempt to cater to the gun-control crowd as they grasp at straws for ANYTHING that can be spun to pass off as a "win".

In closing, it is my understanding that after noting what a mess this bill is, one committee member suggested that rather than continue discussion in committee, they should "just vote on it". This bill is garbage, and even those supporting it are clearly aware of the fact.

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Posted by Mike Covey on 03/25/2017 at 1:04 AM

Re: “Senator Plans Push for Gun Bill Despite Slim Prospects

It seems the people are speaking quite clearly. Are you hearing them Mr. Baruth?

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Posted by Mike Covey on 01/08/2017 at 8:33 AM

Re: “Senator Plans Push for Gun Bill Despite Slim Prospects

Former Senator John Campbell knew better than to run again after his gun control nonsense last session. Next election, Chittenden county residents need to send Baruth the message. He has outlived his usefulness, and needs to be retired. Perhaps gardening would better suit him.

Vermonters have been quite clear on this every session. NO. It's really that simple.

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Posted by Mike Covey on 01/07/2017 at 8:05 AM

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