Don't poach conservation! Oppose HJR 100
The Federation vigorously opposes HJR 100 which attempts to force all regulations of the Conservation Commission through a political committee (the JCAR, or "Joint Committee on Administrative Rules"). It seeks to amend the Missouri Constitution to give JCAR the authority to strike down any regulations it objects to, like those designed to protect wild deer from the disease risks of the confined big game shooting industry, or regulations designed to support the eradication of feral hogs.
It also includes deer season, turkey season, waterfowl seasons, fishing, trapping, and any other Conservation Commission regulations that have led so many wild species, including those not pursued by hunters or anglers, to thrive in Missouri.
Because the legislature cannot directly amend the Constitution, HJR 100 puts the matter on the November 2020 ballot, or "... at a special election to be called by the governor". Proponents will ask what's wrong with letting the people decide, when in truth they are just continuing their relentless attack on conservation on every front. They intend to force the conservation community to spend time, money and energy fighting them off.
Political management of wildlife failed so totally that many species, including deer and turkey, were nearly wiped out. In 1936 Missouri voters responded by creating the Conservation Commission - giving it authority to work without oversight of the legislature. This led to Missouri's model of wildlife conservation which is the envy of the nation.
Politics must never replace science as the guiding light for the conservation of our fish, forests and wildlife. HJR 100 poses a clear threat to all we have achieved.
We need your help. It is important that your legislators hear your clear voice on HJR 100. Please act today!