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ODN Commentary

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I just received my copy of ODN. There was a very good commentary by Tim Spreck & Roger Goeschel of the Minnesota Darkhouse Association. They did a very good job about the slot limit bill for spearers. I thought they laid out a very good argument. Just thought I would let people know.

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My problem with the position in the ODN letter is that it appears that the writer's believe that they have an absolute right to spearfish. All fishing activities are a privillege not an absolute constitutionally protected right. This simple fact seems to be lost in the discussion. It is most likely that if the DNR implemented an outright ban on spearfishing that it would not be held unconstitutional by a reviewing court.

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My problem has to do with the fact that a bill which would allow people to spear fish within protected slots that still may apply to anglers only serves to pit spearers and anglers against each other. It also subdivides spearers. The people I spear with do not support the bill in question.

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Early Riser, if you and your friends that spear don't support the bill then you have to say something to your representatives. Otherwise the politicians think that all/the majority of spearers are on the same page in supporting this stuff.

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All fishing activities are a privillege not an absolute constitutionally protected right.

I thought the voters passed a Right to Hunt and Fish Ammendment a few years ago.

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