Chairman's letter sends wrong message to many

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That Wildlife and Parks commissioners went against the wishes of the agency and the public in setting the 2009 prairie chicken season isn't a big deal.

The June 26 vote means the season will mirror those since 2006. It's only 14 days off the traditional framework in place for decades before then.

A letter commission chairman Kelly Johnston used to influence the vote, however, was disrespectful of sportsmen and biologists.

The letter, made available to commissioners and the public at the North Newton meeting, openly questioned biological findings, ignored some key issues and insinuated Kansas hunters can't be trusted afield.

Most of us at the meeting expected smooth going for setting upland bird seasons. An April straw poll showed commissioners favored undoing actions from a June 2005 meeting.



http://www.kansas.com/sports/outdoors/story/455420.html
 

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