Changing the Rules

In my April Alberta Outdoorsmen column, I discuss how hunting and fishing regulations are changed in Alberta, especially the role played by the Alberta Fish and Game Association (AFGA). Change is not made easily but it can be accomplished if the proper research is done and one is persistent.

AFGA conference

The annual AFGA conference is where anglers and hunters discuss issues.

The AFGA process of collecting resolutions from the many local clubs, discussing them and ultimately voting on them at the annual conference ensures that what is forwarded to the government has been well thought out. The debates can be intense but every viewpoint is allowed an airing. If passed, the resolutions do become the official position of the major stakeholder organization advocating for anglers and hunters in the province; and the government is obligated to respond.

Of course, the government often has to look at issues other than those presented by the AFGA. Conservation of the resource takes priority, but all can be trumped by considerations for the economy and frequently political expediency.

So, what’s wrong with that?

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About Don Meredith

I am a writer and biologist living in Alberta, Canada. I wrote a monthly column for the Alberta Outdoorsmen magazine, and have published articles for several other magazines.
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