Over twenty years ago I started this website to be a gathering place for sportsmen and sportswomen to share their experiences around hunting, fishing, camping, gathering, hiking, etc. That's why we all came here - to learn from one another.
What we didn't come here for was to tear each other down and form wedge issues between sportspeople. It has turned many of us against each other when we all share the common love for the outdoors. It seems that many now come only to this forum to troll each other for sport. A 500 post limit was put in place to try and keep the professional trolls out, but they still insidiously join the site and post mindlessly to get their 500 posts in before they start to troll.
No team of moderators can control the amount of animosity and hatred that is thrown around in this forum and we shouldn't have to. It's not what we came to this site to do. With the upcoming election and the current political and social climate, the situation is sure to get worse. And really how many minds do you all think you change anyway?
Therefore, starting July 8th, this forum (politics forum only) will be closed to everyone except Supporting Members and this goes for being able to read the forum material as well. All of the current rules of conduct will still remain in effect for Supporting Members. Strikes can and still will be handed out for violations to the code on conduct and three strikes and you are out. Some of you already are very close and a few have even been given second and third chances by me because I thought you could still post about hunting and fishing topics. Please prove me right! DO NOT go out and purchase a Supporting Membership thinking that you will be able to now have free reign as this will not be the case. You can still be banned and no refund will be given.
If these measures do not improve the tone in this forum, then the next step will be closing it entirely. Again, do not purchase a Supporting Membership with the intent of raising hell on this forum as you can still be banned and the Politics forum may not always be here. Anyone who purchases a supporting membership and smells of a PAC (i.e. you come out of the blue ).
Don't like all of this? Go start your own political group on social media and go at it there, but leave this site to hunting and fishing topics.