Time For the DNR to Go?
By Andrew Richter
OK, my friends and enemies; I’m not feeling well so I’m going to be extra mean.
You all who know me know that I believe in small and limited government and no state has more unnecessary than Minnesota. Now, I’ve discussed my dislike of the unconstitutional Met Council, and as much as I can;t stand the Met Council, the Department of Natural resources or DNR is perhaps just as bad or worse.
Just ask the folks over at Mille Lacs Lake;
There was anger, sadness and a bit of resignation Sunday when the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced it was shutting down walleye fishing on Lake Mille Lacs midseason for the first time in history. The cutoff, aimed at protecting a record low walleye population, was 10 p.m. Monday. DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr called it “a dark day for anglers in Minnesota.”
The brunt of anger from Mille Lacs resort owners was directed at Gov. Mark Dayton, state conservation officials and the eight Chippewa bands that have treaty rights dating back to 1837 to share fishing on the lake. “I feel like nobody listened,” said Linda Eno, owner of Twin Pines Resort in Garrison. “I was sitting with some customers when I got the text … they are sick about it, sick. Everybody is disgusted, saddened and sickened.
Ms. Eno maybe you should contribute to the Alliance for a Bitter Minnesota. That might get the governor’s attention.
I’ve already had cancellations, multiple cancellations. I’m hoping that people already booked will be OK with fishing bass and perch.
Ha! I’m sure they will go somewhere else! Never fear though, like all good government bureaucrats, the DNR commissioner “understands.”
“We all understand the gravity of this situation,” Landwehr said. “It’s traumatic for anglers and for those who rely on fishing.”
Wow, how riveting! I know I feel better!
John Odle, owner of Rocky Reef Resort in Onamia, said, “The commissioner needs to resign or quit or be fired … They need to go. The whole system has to be redone.”
Good luck with that!
Now, nothing said here makes any sense here. I fished on Lake Kabetogama last year and caught tons of walleye but I could hardly keep a thing thanks to the dumb DNR slot rules! The walleye population is clearly up yet they don’t change the rules. Also if there are no walleye in Mille Lacs then why not let people fish for them? They shouldn’t catch any if there are none there right? You ever fished a day in your life Mr. Pereira?
To me, the time has come to debate the usefulness of the DNR. They hold tremendous power that affects businesses, sportsman, travelers, and cabin owners and a debate about their power is long overdue. For now, I feel bad for the people on Mille Lacs who are being shut down by government pencil pushers.