Anderson: Walleye harvest on DNR agenda

  • Article by: DENNIS ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 25, 2012 - 9:04 AM
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ironweedJul. 25, 12 1:19 AM

These meetings are closed because they are technical in nature, not to gauge public sentiment or gather public comment. The public had their say already and the U.S.Supreme Court ruled that tribes have harvest rights separate from the State. The high court did not declare tribes could not net or spear, nor did it say a modern day solution must be applied every few years to update things for those opposed to supreme court rulings on treaties.

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sjfellegyJul. 25, 12 7:23 AM

In fact, the courts DID allow for the rulings to be revisted by the court and how they are implemented. If one of the parties to the rulings/"agreement" has an issue with how things are going, the courts, very clearly, set criteria in place to do so. The Mn. DNR is now using one of the three criteria, if the Tribal Regime disagrees with the MN. DNR this year, to bring this back to court.

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sjfellegyJul. 25, 12 7:26 AM

Allowing a reporter(s) to attend the meetings, for accountability purposes and not offer comment or "public sentiment" should be allowed and will be, sooner than later--bet on it.

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lakeelmoguyJul. 25, 12 8:12 AM

More politicing! Dennis, you know as well as everybody, this lake will be another Red lake unless somebody stops them from harvesting the male fish. I (and everyone I fish with) are done fishing this lake. The catch rate is awesome, the keep rate is the worst I have EVER seen! Maybe we need to stay out of the casinos, that might get them to start making some decisions that are not so self serving!

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orr333Jul. 25, 12 8:52 AM

I grew up as a resort kid. Orr's Campground and Supper Club was my home (now Castaway's). My dad made the best decision to sell when he did. There was NO question that Mille Lacs would turn into the next Red. Let's STOP sugar coating it Dennis and tell it like it is for once. The netting is detrimental to the lake and to the businesses that depend on fishing.

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ironweedJul. 25, 1210:17 AM

You can also bet on this: No lower court or state agency is going to tell the tribes they cannot harvest free from State regulation, and that their Supreme Court adjudicated treaty rights exist only on paper. Rights on paper only? Very funny, but treaty rights are for real and the courts recognize this. Your slot should be smaller to accommodate your concerns about male walleyes - show some restraint Steve.

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netcutter2Jul. 25, 12 2:29 PM

Settle down weed, is only a 'method' of harvest... Even if angling stopped on Mille Lacs, Gill nets are destroying/will destroy it- Red Lake is a perfect example/reminder... Can thank all the nonnatives for footing the bill to restock that lake, a lake having the VAST majority of it off limits to nonnatives, you're welcome...

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ironweedJul. 25, 12 6:16 PM

Tribal harvest rights do NOT exist at the pleasure of the DNR. Ncutter doesn't even fish.

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netcutter2Jul. 25, 12 8:28 PM

gill nets, are not a tribal right... what part of that is so hard to understand? natives are allowed, by agreement, to use gill nets as a method of harvest.

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ironweedJul. 25, 12 9:40 PM

Just because you hate treaty rights or netting doesn't mean it's wrong or illegal. Nothing in the court decision prohibits 'harvest free from State regulation'. You don't have a crystal ball to predict anything like Red Lake at Mille Lacs - pure assumption and no proof this is going to happen. Wonder who was buying those fish from them? It was you - who doesn't even fish or spend any money.

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