Jenny Langworthy's letter (Herald, Nov. 24) is disturbing in many ways. If the disregard for our public lands truly is
happening to the extent she claims, the Division of Wildlife should be notified. Regardless, Langworthy's broad
generalizations of waterfowlers and hunters in general are unfair, uneducated and misleading.
I am a waterfowler, and I take great offense at her insinuations that all hunters are self-centered and careless.
Although I don't hunt Pastorius, I can guarantee that Langworthy would be hard-pressed to find any evidence of
littering, wanton waste or disregard for our public lands where I hunt with my dog. I am happy that Langworthy is able
to walk her dog at Pastorius and enjoy our state wildlife areas. Money from my hunting and fishing licenses (including
my Habitat Stamp) is used to fund habitat procurement and maintenance so that we all can enjoy such places.
Funds from the Federal Duck Stamp Program, hunting and fishing licenses, and private organizations such as Ducks
Unlimited and Delta Waterfowl have been instrumental in habitat procurement and wildlife protection, bringing many
species back from the brink of extinction.
How much money has Langworthy contributed lately toward habitat procurement, wildlife management and keeping our public
lands available to all and not just wealthy, private landowners? Perhaps one day, a greater share of recreational users
who enjoy our national forests, BLM lands and wilderness areas will help a bit more financially for our public lands
instead of letting hunters and fishermen contribute the lion's share of funds.
I implore other sportsmen to keep this discussion going in letters, and if you see fellow hunters being slobs, confront
Steve Yeaton, Durango