Re: LWF Commissioner says what?
August 14, 2015 at 11:46am
Regardless of what we think of Courville's recommendation, he stated that the data (objective decision)will always trump opinion(subjective decision)when he makes a recommendation to the Commission. We all know the huge effort Larry goes through (as a scientist) to try and balance between the data and opinion. But he generally weights his recommendation more on the data. That is a reality of his job to try and balance the two!
The Commission, on the other hand, is under no obligation to adopt recommendations of staff. They are employees of the Commission! I would strongly suspect most of us think we know better than our employers on all policies, procedures and processes. Hell, I know I do.
Found this from the enabling legislation:
115. Wild birds and wild quadrupeds; adoption of seasons, bag and possession limits; rules
and regulations; penalties
A. The commission is hereby specifically authorized, directed, and empowered to fix, approve,and adopt seasons and bag and possession limits and to establish other rules and regulations for the hunting, taking, possession, or protection of any species or sex of wild quadrupeds and wild birds,in any specified locality or localities of the state. Such rules and regulations shall have the full force
and effect of law to the same extent as statutory laws.
B. The commission may at any time declare any season closed or otherwise restrict hunting as
it deems advisable in the interest of wildlife management.
C. The open season for taking migratory game birds and the bag limit and other rules and
regulations affecting migratory game birds shall conform to federal regulations promulgated under
the treaty between the United States and Great Britain for a period of years in the case of certain species. No person shall take, even at the time and in the manner specified and fixed by said department, or in the aggregate during the open season, a greater number of migratory game birds than specified under federal and state regulations.
Chad Courville, like Larry Reynolds, has a scientific background. Knowing this, there should be no surprise that he is going to be more receptive to data.
A land manager for Miami Corporation, Courville is currently chairman of the Louisiana Alligator Advisory Council and a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited, the Coastal Conservation Association and the Louisiana Association of Professional Biologists.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental and Sustainable Resources from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (ULL.)
Let the data speak for itself next year.