Reflect on some things you’re thankful for
By Hookemharry

Posted: December 25, 2007

The end of another year! The beginning of a new year! Isn’t it amazing how quickly they pass.

Sportsmen and women across the state should take this time to reflect on things they are thankful for and what they would like to accomplish in 2008.

Taking the time to look back at your outdoor activities can be very helpful in how you approach the future. The challenges we face are many.

Hunting and fishing continues to face problems that are created by man and by forces out of our control. We must focus on the challenges that we can control.

Living in a state that many call a Sportsman’s Paradise is a dream come true for many of us. But with that dream comes the responsibility of keeping it alive well into the future.

Getting involved can make a difference. Voicing your opinion can make a difference. All of us should ask ourselves a few questions as we move forward into a new year.

When was the last time if ever that you attended a Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks public meeting to listen to issues that the FWP Commissioners are face with making policy?

Are you an active member in a Wildlife conservation group? There are many of these groups for you to choose to spend your time and money. Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, Trout Unlimited, Bass Federation, National Wild Turkey Federation, Mule Deer Foundation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Montana PikeMasters, Walleyes Forever and Walleyes Unlimited are just a few of these types of organizations that come to mind.

Yes, the list of wildlife groups seems to grow every year. Each one representing a different species or method of hunting. The common message is the same for all these groups. Respect the wildlife and keep our hunting heritage alive.

These special interest groups for sportsman need help in many ways. It is our duty as a sportsman to recognize how we can help. Contacting a local chapter in your town is the first step. The next step in getting involved to the best of your ability.

Your involvement will make a difference. In many of these groups a few members generally carry most of the volunteer workload. By involving more volunteers and spreading the work out among more of the membership each group will have a better chance in accomplishing their goals.

In 2008, it is time for all of us to get more involved. It is time for us to put our money, energy, and time into improving what we all love to do – hunt and fish in Montana. May all of you have a Happy New Year!