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Offline Dale Sharp

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Archery Coalition stand; new developments
« on: January 27, 2009, 04:11:00 PM »
FYI, this was mailed on Friday.



January 22, 2009

Mr. Phil Anderson
WDFW interim department director
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
600 Capitol Way North
Olympia, WA 98501-1091

Dear Mr. Anderson,

I am writing at the request of the Washington Archery Coalition, which represents the memberships of Washington State Archery Association (WSAA), Washington State Bowhunters (WSB) and Traditional Bowhunters of Washington (TBW). The Coalition has been involved in honest negotiations regarding the 2009-2011 hunting season recommendations. It’s made a concerted effort to help attain a fair outcome that is mutually acceptable for the three user groups: archery, muzzleloader and modern firearm.

Concessions from the archery community were placed on the table even though WDFW statistics indicate that Resource Allocation is achieving its equity goals, to within a few percentage points, for both deer and elk for all user-groups. The compromises were put forth with trust even though in the face of a vehement assault on archery seasons by a vocal member of the hunting community.

Passion is expected in the privacy of a negotiating room, but this week zeal for sabotaging fellow hunters went public as you, Mr. Anderson, are very well aware. Because the architect of this attack is known to have influenced the proposed recommendations that were announced on late Wednesday, there has been a great outcry from not only our constituents but also the greater archery community. They don’t understand why it has been recommended that archers lose nearly one-quarter of their time in the field while at the same time increases in opportunity are being proposed for the other two user-groups.

For this reason all that had been negotiated in good faith is hereby withdrawn and the archery community will heretofore support the status quo, with minor adjustments as are biologically necessary for the good of the resources.

Most Sincerely,

Dale Sharp

Cc: Rick Liebel; GMAC, Ray Crisp; WSAA, John Pignotti; WSB, Dave Brittell; Assistant Director Wildlife Program, Dave Ware; Game Division Manager, WDFW Commission, Lt. Governor Brad Owen
"To me, how you take an animal and how you conduct the hunt, and what you gain from the experience is what bowhunting is all about."
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Re: Archery Coalition stand; new developments
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2009, 06:57:00 PM »
Kudos to you, Dale!  :thumbsup:
Lon Scott

Offline Andrew Wesley

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Re: Archery Coalition stand; new developments
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2009, 09:59:00 PM »
way to go dale. that is very professional and dry and definatly gets the point across.
keep up the good work!
~Andrew Wesley

Offline Ray Borbon

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Re: Archery Coalition stand; new developments
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2009, 12:05:00 AM »
I like that letter.

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