Simplifying becoming too complicated

Jerry DavisYou’ve heard the complaints.

“We don’t have any new trout anglers or deer hunters because the regulations are too complicated.  We’d need a Philadelphia lawyer to interpret them for us.”

Well, guess what.  Some of us, through our favorite politician, the one we contributed heavily to during the last campaign, has helped us get a new regulation on the books and then into the regulations pamphlet.

Many in the general public, and even many of the ground troops in state agencies, have been shut out of the decision making process.  Their input is no longer valued.  And heaven forbid it they open their mouths.

Now, some of the very people who are complaining the most are contributing to the complexity of hunting regulations.

Consider the lesser “weapon” alternative that is now in full force during Wisconsin’s 2012 gun deer season.  I know, I shouldn’t be saying weapon because you’re going to tell me a weapon is an instrument used in combat, not a sporting firearm.  You are right, but there is no other term to use except to list the items such as bow and arrow, crossbow, muzzleloader, handgun, rifle, and shotgun with slugs.

Okay, I agree and I’ll write around “weapon” by using “gun” instead.  After all, bows and arrows, and crossbows, are types of “gun.”

Let’s go with “gun” in this discussion.  It’s not perfect, but it’s better.

So, here we are today.  This year, during the nine-day gun deer season, for example, hunters may use in most cases, depending on where they are hunting, a rifle, muzzleloader, shotgun with slugs, handgun, bow and arrow, or crossbow to hunt deer with a gun deer license. 

So far fine; make all these “guns” legal for this season and make them legal with a gun deer license, which is what was done.

Except, these gun deer hunters choosing a lesser “gun” such as a bow and arrow or crossbow, cannot group bag deer.  But those using a rifle, shotgun with slugs or handgun can continue to group bag deer.

In other words, not all of these “gun” choices are treated the same.

Further, hunters may use a crossbow during the gun deer season, even if they are not 65 years old or older.

Now, if a hunter, hunting during the gun deer season, wants to hunt as an archer and use his archery license, he cannot use a crossbow unless he is 65 year old or older.  There are some exceptions to the 65 rule.

How would you like to be a warden and have to enforce, or even explain this new rule?

Let’s keep it simple.  It’s simple to do.  It’s that simple!

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