giving thanks

Discussion in 'Crossbows' started by swampbuck, Mar 9, 2009.

  1. swampbuck

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    While the crossbow issue has not quite been resolved yet, The dam has been broken.

    Thank you to all who got involved,You know who you are. Especially those who invested the time and money to travel to Lansing several times. We would not be to this point without the efforts of the fine people at Michigan-Sportsman.

    Rep. Sheltrown and Brady.....Once again you have taken action on behalf of the sportsmen of Michigan. Thank you for your continuing dedication to expand and preserve outdoor recreational opportunities in this state, You guys ROCK !

    To the anti crossbow side.....While many of you may not believe it, This has been a pure grassroots effort from the begining. It NEVER had anything to do with the industry. Just a bunch of people whith an idea who organized and got it done.

    It can be done, That has now been proven. And it can be done again if the desire and cooperation is there.
     
  2. bradymsu

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    Swampbuck,

    Thank you for the public thank you. But, honestly, we don't deserve the thanks until we can ensure that hunters in northern Michigan aren't being discriminated against.
     

  3. swampbuck

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    I have no doubt that you guys will do everything possible to make that happen.

    I went back and looked at your first post here seeking input on hb5741.
    Sure was some entertaining reading. The ball started rolling almost a year ago 3-31-08. Well maybe a little before that, But that certainly was the turning point.

    https://www.michigan-sportsman.com/forum/showthread.php?t=229424

    Now that you guys are warmed up with crossbows, atvs etc. maybe you could finish that little road-end issue....LOL
     
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  4. Thunderhead

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    So your telling us that no crossbow manufactures or any other company that would benifit from this financially had absoultly anything do with it, correct ?

    Just a bunch of concerned Michigan Sportspeople ?
     
  5. swampbuck

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    1-There may have been some after it was well on the way, I dont know all the fine details. But ceratainly not in the begining or in any major way.

    2-yup, thats pretty much it.:) I think thats been stated here many times, you may have missed it though.
     
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    A lot of ordinary folks that want to do something they love--bowhunt; why is that so hard to believe?:idea:
     
  7. Liv4Huntin'

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    To Joel, Brady, and all the others who put 'the people, opportunity in the outdoors, and fairness' at the head of the list.
    ~m~
     
  8. bradymsu

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    Swampbuck, when this first started it was about three elderly men at a church in West Branch who could not hunt with a vertical bow anymore yet couldn't get a crossbow permit. Today, I get to work and my inbox is full of contacts over the weekend from people pushing ideas like the repeal of Proposal G and the end of the NRC (which Sheltrown is not advocating, btw). Apparently this issue was a bit bigger than we originally anticipated.

    The one party that is nearly invisible in the process and is never mentioned are the wildlife management professionals in other states we've had contact with. When Sheltrown introduced the bill to provide crossbows to those 69 and older, we contacted other state's conservation departments to get their take on age limits for crossbows. Rountinely we were asked, "Why not just go with full inclusion?" We didn't have a logical answer to that question. After searching, I found out that no one else did either.

    What's interesting to watch is how these calls to other state's DNRs have initiated conversations regarding crossbows between those states. As a result, the trickle of legislation and rules liberalizing crossbow restrictions across the country over the past decade has turned into a flood over the past year. Even though Michigan has yet to eliminate its ban outright like Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Texas, etc., I like to think that those three old-timers in Ogemaw County had an unintended hand in providing greater recreational opportunity to millions of hunters across the country.
     
  9. swampbuck

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    Send a big thanks to all of them also.:D.......... I sent Rep Sheltrown and e-mail right after he introduced the original 5741 suggesting full inclusion instead, Whichever one of you replied mentioned those gentleman, At that time he was MUCH less enthusiastic about full inclusion. I hope they are aware of the positive effect they have had on so many sportsmen.
     
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    I too want to thank you. I may never hunt with one but at least now I could if I wanted, THANKS again.

    Howard
     
  11. Michihunter

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    And that there is it in a nutshelll!! Well said Howard.;)
     
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    Now if we can just get them to change the way they manage the deer herd.

    To the anti QDM side........While many of you may not believe it, it will have nothing to do with antlers. Just a bunch of hunters who want to see better deer and better deer hunting.
     
  13. Spartan88

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    Rep. Sheltrown and Brady, thank you.
     
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    For all those involved a warm and deepest "thank you" from my son and I. I don't thank this is enough but a big "thanks". You did a lot of sportsmen good!
    Pat
     
  15. skulldugary

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    Thank you Joel and Brady...