@orkan You gave me some good advice though. I have an idea. Thank you! Sometimes just simply having the opportunity to vent a little bit helps and things can be learned from others in the conversation. You are so right about the radical left and radical right drowning the real conversation.
In fiscal year 2015 — which runs from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015 — GF&P spent more than $2.35 million to operate the wildlife damage management programs in South Dakota and responded to more than 2,600 requests, which impacted nearly 2,000 landowners and producers.
Last year was a 15-year high for total coyotes removed by wildlife damage specialists at 7,623 with 1,346 requests for assistance. It was the second-most spent on coyote control in the past 15 years at $730,690.
Baumgartner, 48, of Sioux Falls, has worked with landowners and producers in the state for more than 20 years. His job, and especially chasing coyotes, "is intense," he said.
"You love what you do, but there's a lot of pressure that goes with it," Baumgartner said. "If shooting coyotes was easy, everyone would do it and we wouldn't exist."
Yet we couldn't get SB 51 passed in its original form, which would allow predator calling at night using night vision or lights using centerfires, on public ground or ground you had permission to hunt. Instead they left it land owner/occupant only, which means you can only hunt your OWN ground, or someone else's ground but the owner MUST be there as well. You know how many ranchers want to go out all night hunting coyotes? Virtually none. On the other hand, guys like me will travel hundreds of miles, and hunt for a week at a time in one single area, killing dozens of coyotes... ON MY OWN DIME. Those same ranchers that don't want to go out all night, would absolutely LOVE if I could go out there all night for them. Then you consider the fact that it's perfectly legal for me to go out on any ground I have permission to hunt, and shoot at shadows in the dark by moonlight! One is left to ask, is there a single logical human being in any government office ANYWHERE?!?!?
Instead, the government takes our money in the form of taxes or "licenses" or both, and then it's completely up to THEM how and where to solve the problem. If predators are such a big goddamn problem, why don't they allow us to do something about it by letting us hunt where we are able, when we want? Coyotes are about twenty times easier to call and kill at night. I've gone to neighboring states where it is perfectly legal and done it many times. Their guard is completely down at night. They can't see us very well, and we can see those glowing eyes of theirs from about a mile away as they come to the call.
If they would let us night hunt on public and private ground we have permission to hunt, it would spawn a very healthy business in this state. Night vision equipment is big money. Guys like me have no problem spending it if we'd actually get to use the shit. Not to mention that there are MILLIONS of dollars being spent on pheasant and wildlife programs in this state. They think having all these coyotes running around helps the pheasant population?
I agree that the coyotes need controlled. I DO NOT agree that the goddamn government is the answer. Not when they tie hunters nuts to their arms and cripple our ability to solve the problem WITHOUT TAX PAYER OR LICENSE MONEY.
Proof positive, the government ONLY serves itself.