Of the 14-page survey, only five questions/statements pertained to deer or hunting:
Page 2: Deer numbers should be reduced by as necessary to protect vegetation in high-quality natural areas: 66 percent of 536 agree and strongly agree. Hunting should be allowed in unimproved portions of county parks and open-space lands: 36 percent of 537 agree and strongly agree.
Page 13: Draw tags for hunting and let it be known to the public. Put it on the news or give fliers through the mail to people to let them know about hunting. Open up hunting to bow hunting
Page 14: More natural lands; undeveloped life preservations; no hunting. More preservation of wildlife areas and restricted access to these beautiful rare areas.
This survey is laughable at best. Refer to Page 14, conveniently not mentioned by Scholtz in a news release.
I was present at a meeting held at Spring Lake Township Hall on March 23. After the meeting, I heard Scholtz talking with an employee from Hoffmaster State Park. Scholtz was informed that the park is open while deer hunts occur. Scholtz replied he would not be within miles of a park that was not securely shut down while shooting was taking place.
Well, John, how do you propose to make sure hunting in North Ottawa Dunes is going to be safe? You can't!
Why were these meetings involving political leaders from surrounding municipalities kept secretive? The public has the right to know what our elected and hired officials are doing.