The Virginia Hunting Dog Alliance (VHDA) was formed as an umbrella organization, part of the Commonwealth Sportsmen’s Alliance PAC, to give Virginia Sportsmen a political voice within the law. Many groups came together because many of the"old line established or nationally affiliated organizations" simply were more interested in going along to get along. They did not criticize the DGIF Board or staff when it was needed! Now the DGIF Board has undertaken a dangerous course the Hound Study that they say"Will determine the future of hunting in Virginia"! Virginia’s Sportsmen need a strong voice to tell the bureaucrats and politicians not to tread on our rights! They want their Sportsmen’s organization to be bold defenders of their Heritage not elitists that ignore the hunting traditions that are as old as Virginia herself! We had many attacked us, you are not the first nor will you be the last .
I'm not attacking anyone, just stating the fact. If you don't think they are accurate, I'm listening.............
Rick, let me explain.
Virginia Sportsmen and Sportswomen ask yourself this Question. If This Hound Hunting Study Or These Actions Were Taken By The Wildlife Department In Any Other State, Every Sportsman and Sportswoman In America Would Call It Anti-hunting.
Dgif Is Pointing To Their 91 Year History Of Support For Sportsman To Say Trust Us! I Say Look At Their Track Record For The Last 2 Year History Of This Board! “The people have a right to hunt, fish, and harvest game, subject to such regulations and restrictions as the General Assembly may prescribe by general law. Virginia Constitution, Article XI, section 4”
The DGIF derives all authority from the legislature, which according to Article 1 Section 2 of the Virginia Constitution is derived from the people.
The DGIF Board members, all 11 are currently appointed by the Governor and serve "at his pleasure". Only the Governor sets policy for his administration, Governor Kaine has a record of being aggressively anti-gun and pro animal rights! We need the members of the General Assembly to help defend our Heritage and put the hunters of Virginia trust back into the DGIF! Call your Virginia senator today!!! and ask them to "support house bill 1352 and Virginia Hunting Dog Alliance efforts to de-politize the DGIF Board by restructuring the Board so the six positions are appointed by the General Assembly and are no longer" at will" positions.
"The DGIF Board consists of 11 members appointed by the Governor of VA, with one representative selected from each congressional district in the state. The Board meets approximately six times a year to set regulations and policy for the operation of the Department. Proposed regulations are presented at public meetings so that anyone who has an interest in them is able to voice their opinion. Once the discussion is completed, the Board votes on the regulation and sets a date for when it will take effect if it passed."
It's important that you understand that all hunters in Virginia should do this not just the hound hunters to preserve their way of hunting for the future generations.
Let me explain, House Bill 1352, First of all, if we can succeed in getting six of the eleven members of the DGIF Board appointed by the Legislature... 4 House, 2 Senate and have all members of the Board serve for "good service" as opposed to "at will" they will be better able to resist the pressure from the appointing authority to follow political winds and more likely to follow their conscience. If they are required to hold a Virginia hunting, fishing or trapping license for the three years prior to their appointment you most likely will get a better group of Virginia hunters that will be more likely able to perform their job making important decisions in the department on issues regarding rules and regulation, wildlife management, etc based on prior hunting experience and to follow the voice of the people.
Restructuring The Dgif Board Is the only “Key To Preserving Your Hunting Heritage For Future Generations.” Call And Ask Your Virginia Senator!!! To Support House Bill 1352 Vote Yes.