There sure is a lot of gray hair. I just attended a recent habitat dedication with my family and the first thing my boys stated when we got into the car was, “Wow, everyone is so old!” Of course to them, 30 is old, but the boys are right. Besides my wife and I, only one other couple was there that was under the age of 50.
I work with many conservation and hunting organizations throughout Montana and unfortunately, I see a lot of gray hair and very few people under 40.
Recently, as reported in The Billings Gazette, a survey was conducted and the findings showed a 9 percent increase in hunting and 11 percent increase in fishing, and 36 percent of Americans participate in outdoor recreational activities. Yet, very few volunteer to ensure that their outdoor passion and our hunting legacy will be there in the future. In fact only 2.3 percent of our population volunteers for conservation organizations and 3.8 percent for shooting sports, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The No. 1 reason I hear when a person is asked to volunteer is “I am too busy.” If you are passionate about the outdoors, hunting and/or the shooting sports, you should NEVER be too busy. If you think that someone else will do it, you are terribly mistaken as the culture of our country shifted from a “Best for Us” culture to a “Best for Me” culture and a lack of responsibility.
So, if you are concerned, complain about the current outdoors situations, then take time to do something about it and introduce others including our youth.
Introducing youth and young adults to giving back and volunteering, will improve self esteem and a sense of responsibility. Self esteem will come from being a part of something important, accomplishment and the importance of teamwork.
If you enjoy the outdoors it is time to give back by volunteering with an organization whose mission is to ensure conservation, shooting sports, outdoors and our hunting legacy. What a great way to bond with your family and create family memories that benefit what we are passionate about for future generations. But, if you are going to leave it to the gray hairs because you are too busy, the future of conservation, hunting and other outdoor activities will die with them.
Mule Deer Foundation
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 November 2012 16:54
I believe Dennis Rehberg is not only unqualified in his current position as a U.S. representative, but would be a disaster in the position of a United States senator.
He has been out of touch with the people of this state for many years, and needs to be retired.
There is one word which describes Dennis Rehberg, the “Little Dictator” and that word is: Kakistocracy.
It is more necessary than ever that our nation employ sound judgment, willingness to work across the aisle and common sense, which is currently sadly lacking.
I strongly support a vote for Jon Tester, and put an end to this stupidity.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 October 2012 13:00
“Over the past 30 years the Republican Party has adopted extremely conservative positions that threaten our country, society and future. Following is a listing of Republican positions voters should ponder before casting their vote Nov. 6. Voting for any Republican is an endorsement of these positions.
• It takes extreme positions and misleads Americans about the importance and role of taxes in government.
• It provided refuge and support for several million racists following enactment of the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act in 1964 and 1965.
• It spreads falsehoods and misinformation about deadly serious carbon pollution and climate change that endangers our economy, environment and planet.
• It consistently favors commercial development over protecting the environment.
• It disparages science as a basis for sound decision making.
• It equates money with free speech, supports the Citizens United decision, and resists all efforts to control campaign contributions.
• It opposes collective bargaining, the minimum wage, and other efforts to improve the lives of workers.
• It encourages citizens to fear and distrust their elected government, especially the federal government.
• It persists in trying to privatize and otherwise dispose of our public lands.
• It opposes trails and other alternative modes of transportation.
• It consistently opposes any regulation of business regardless of consequences.
• It consistently opposes social programs benefitting the poor, old and disadvantaged.
• It is oblivious to the 50 million Americans who lack health insurance.
• It is a party of business and the wealthy; others in its ranks are there only to provide votes.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 October 2012 12:59
I am a concerned sportsman, landowner, and outdoor enthusiast who will be supporting Rick Hill for governor. I think his plan to “comprehensively change the agenda of Montana’s Fish, Wildlife, and Parks” is long overdue and exactly what we need.
This goal will be achieved by appointing an FWP director and commissioners who will manage wildlife populations based on quality science. They will also work to rebuild relationships between landowners, sportsmen, and the department.
Outdoor recreation opportunities will improve when relationships built on trust are restored. Mr. Hill’s administration will develop a management plan that will deal with Montana’s large predators which will help restore our big game populations.
Priority budgeting has also been part of the Rick Hill campaign, and he intends to implement this policy throughout Montana government as well as FWP to make certain our taxpayer and sportsman dollars are spent more wisely. Rick Hill will work to improve outdoor recreations opportunities throughout Montana, and I believe he is the best choice for governor.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 October 2012 12:58
Big government, small government, Republican, Democrat, other, etc. Whatever issues or candidates are the most important to you, vote FOR the bipartisan Initiative 166 to protect your voice and help get big money out of OUR elections.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 October 2012 12:57
Established by a vote of the people in 1976, 50 percent of the coal tax is set aside in a permanent Coal Tax Trust Fund for the benefit of future generations. Once the coal is gone, what will we have to show for this valuable resource that once existed in the Treasure State? While the income is available each year, it takes approval of three-fourths of each house of the Legislature to spend the principal.
Every Republican governor has been hell bent on busting this trust. Despite their rhetoric, Republicans can never seem to find enough money to spend. Just imagine their frustration; a big pot of money and they can’t spend it. Republican candidate for governor Rick Hill is no exception.
His education policy statement states, “The Hill Administration will place a referendum on the ballot to allow the people of Montana to cap the coal trust for ten years.” He proposes to use the funds to finance infrastructure improvements including school buildings. Whether you cap the trust and use the principal for 10 years or 100 years, it is still busting the trust to get at the principal.
First, Hill apparently thinks he can avoid the three-fourths vote requirement by amending the Constitution with a mere two-thirds vote of the Legislature and a vote of the people. But is this really something that should be put into the Constitution?
Second, the Treasure State Endowment already does exactly the same thing. All of the income each year from this fund, currently $242 million, is available to local governments for infrastructure improvements. It is a very popular program.
Third, with interest rates so low, there really is no need when money can be obtained so cheaply by bonding.
Fourth, it is a very bad precedent. If we busted the trust for every worthy cause, there soon would not be any principal left. That is exactly what has happened to every other trust fund that is not constitutionally protected.
And fifth, Republican candidate for governor Jack Ramirez had the exact same proposal 32 years ago and it was rejected.
Hill’s idea to cap the trust is a very bad idea. It steals from future generations for the hope of a few votes.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 October 2012 12:57