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  1. You need to disentangle your identity from your hobby- people aren't bothered by carp angling, they're bothered by you. It's why people put gas in your well or killed all the fish in your stock tank, I'd wager. It's why you've been banned from so many forums, it's why you have dozens of people here complaining about your behavior. An individual capable of self-reflection would look at all that mounting evidence and attempt a new approach. You continue to do you. I truly wish you understood the obstacle you present to your own success. People aren't upset at the message, they're upset at the message. I've absolutely spent less time on this forum in the past year, because 90%+ of what you write is garbage and I have no interest. This 5+ page thread on carp fishing is not meaningfully different than the last 5+ page thread on carp fishing, or any 5+ page thread on carp fishing- because it's the same quotes, the same anecdotes, the same "research" the same ham-handed approach to broadening interest in European-style carp angling. You enjoy the sport, I get it. Everyone gets it. Everyone understands your position- but joining 30 forums to be banned by 28 and trolling the last two with garbage undermines your efforts- and that's something you need to come to terms with. You need to come to terms with the fact public lakes are not your personal fiefdom. You don't get to choose how other people legally enjoy their outdoor experience, and you don't get to sick law enforcement on them because you don't approve. Setting out to ruin a lawful angler's outdoor experience doesn't make you a martyr, MOCarp- it makes you an posterior. If your initial post were just stupid, it'd be one thing. But it's encouraging members to harass sportsmen- a crime in Missouri. At that point I think Phil has an obligation, moral if not legal, to remove you from the forum- not because people hate carp fishing, but because you've crossed a line.
  2. SpoonDog

    Larry Dablemont Article

    Dablemont Isn't claiming we've never detected CWD in humans, MOCarp. He's claiming we have. No amount of mental gymnastics makes that an accurate claim. If we haven't read Dablemont's writing on CWD, and we haven't read up on CWD, yet despite that total lack of information we're convinced Dablemont has some important point we're supposed to take seriously- that's the definition of blind faith. If we aren't worried about CWD because an aging rock star who spent a week pooping his pants to avoid Vietnam and has a financial interest in selling hunting gear says not to worry- maybe we could hone our skills at evaluating incoming information. If we're worried about herd mentality, let's exercise a little independent thought. All I'm saying is allegations should have some basis in fact. Like I said I'm no journalist, but it took no meaningful effort to track down an MDC audit from earlier in July. Two minutes and a Google search. The independent auditor found the department was well managed but still raised some issues: meal expenditures, the way contracts and grants are handled, issues with sunshine requests and agency transparency. If I'm angry about anything it's that folks like Dablemont and his readers shine the spotlight away from evidence-based criticisms like these toward baseless, mindless conspiracies. The idea state game and fish agencies would concoct a disease which threatens to reduce the number of hunting permits sold is idiotic. It makes no sense. If you could fabricate any disease, you wouldn't pick one that undermines your own interest. The idea state fish and game agencies went hat-in-hand to health departments and medical researchers and asked them to hide evidence of CWD in people- to forgo millions of dollars in research funding. Those cigarette ads only worked because tobacco companies were willing to pay doctors, fellas. Dablemont's conspiracy requires believing that instead of saving thousands and making a million bucks in the process, they're gonna give up the cash and let them all die. Maybe I'm missing something, but if you accept money's a powerful motivator you can appreciate this theory makes no sense. If relying on the expertise of others isn't enough, fine. Just think it through. And finally, if Larry and his readers aren't interested in a serious, intellectually honest discussion, then IMO there isn't any point in MDC engaging him. They're in different businesses, and a state agency pointing out the idiocy of a single guy only serves to reinforce the nonsensical David and Goliath narrative he's putting out there. It provides an example of "The Man" keeping him down. There's zero benefit to MDC, which is why I completely understand they don't do it. To me it's as much a waste of time and money and resources as atlatls or kid's archery or ranching paddlefish. There are real issues with the way MDC spends some money and resources, I just think Larry's stated goals would be much better served if he spent more time focusing on those real issues than the ones he's ginned up. But as some point out he's a regional outdoor writer. An author. A story teller. And I understand how stories of wide-ranging conspiracy and crooked agents and shadow committees is sexier and sells more subscriptions than detailed analysis of meal expenditures and clothing allowances.
  3. SpoonDog

    Larry Dablemont Article

    Yeah, the bar for self-publication isn't very high. If his "cred" stems from the fact he cites himself as an expert, perhaps his audience should exercise a little more independent judgement. Can't say I'm surprised the guy has no background in journalism, or english, or medicine, or immunology. "Don't participate in Share the Harvest because you'll wind up with infected meat that'll rot your brain" is medical advice, and it's very, very, dumb to take medical advice with neither any medical expertise, nor any working, conversational knowledge of medical subjects like "how do diseases work?" and "how are germs spread?" To say a guy who we can show manipulates facts and puts words in peoples mouths has any meaningful level of credibility is silly- that "cred" can only come from the folks who don't know he's manipulating facts (those who are being duped), or those who don't care. And if we're concerned people would try to profit off their expertise (a la' 1960's smoking ads), then yeah- let's talk about the self-published author who gets paid by the number of books he sells and the number of papers his column appears in. He's the Dr. Oz of fish and wildlife. It's the National Enquirer approach to outdoor writing, and if it's something someone wants to believe, I can't stop them. But comparing fact-based evidence with something someone just pulled out their butt isn't meaningful, or interesting to me. If someone mistakes Dablemont's work for fact-based, or objective, or rational, or even intelligent- they'd be better served finding some different outlet.
  4. SpoonDog

    Larry Dablemont Article

    Dablemont is using his platform to communicate with thousands of individuals through his writing, the same way MDC or any other agency does through their press releases. There is no rational reason to think Dablemont should be held to a lower standard than the people he attacks. He isn't having a private conversation in a diner somewhere, he's having a very public conversation, on the record, in which he's attached his name to the words he writes. You may characterize him as an inconsequential local good ol' boy, MOCarp- he characterizes himself as an outdoor writer, an author, a syndicated newspaper columnist. If he wants to be a professional writer, then he should be evaluated at the level of a professional writer. That means doing research, it means checking sources, it means making certain the things you write are based in fact and holding yourself accountable when they're not. If Dablemont's work isn't serious, then there's no reason readers should take his unsubstantiated claims seriously. If Dablemont's work IS serious, he needs to do a better job putting his claims in context and corroborating them with objective evidence. But he can't have it both ways. That the NBA isn't knocking down my door isn't evidence teams are conspiring against me. It's evidence I suck at basketball. Similarly, the fact Dablemont's work isn't more widely published may have something to do with the caliber of the work- not monied interests or The Man keeping him down. Newspaper editors have an obligation to be honest with their readers; if Dablemont's work doesn't fulfill that obligation, no wonder editors take a pass. If money plays any role, low-circulation newspapers probably don't want to risk solvency on a guy who isn't interested in getting the story right. Can't say I blame 'em. If you lament the days when journalists had integrity AND you think maybe Dablemont has a point...you might be on the wrong side of this discussion.
  5. SpoonDog

    Larry Dablemont Article

    MOCarp- I suspect if I wrote a syndicated newspaper article insisting MDC relax bowfishing regs, because you say you love bowfishing and we need more big carp killed in our lakes, streams and reservoirs, that you wouldn't just go along with it. I suspect if that happened, you wouldn't claim I was a good journalist, or a reliable source, or that I had adequately represented your position. Fishinwrench- I suspect if I wrote a syndicated newspaper article that you say anglers should be putting 10% ethanol in all their outboards because it's good for the environment and vastly improves engine performance, you wouldn't just go along with it. I suspect if that happened, you wouldn't claim I was a good journalist, or a reliable source, or that I had adequately represented your position. On some level I'm certain you guys get this. If Dablemont only relied on his own opinion to make his claims, I wouldn't have an issue. But his work relies on taking the words of other people and manipulating them into something entirely different. I get being suspicious of gov't and it's possible nefarious things are going on behind the scenes- but in this instance the only party we know is misrepresenting facts...is Dablemont. If being a thoughtful, intelligent, critical reader is so important, it's weird to throw support behind the one guy who's provably blowing smoke up one's bum.
  6. SpoonDog

    Larry Dablemont Article

    It's a false equivalence. Agencies like the CDC and MDC try making policy based on the best available information. Dablemont wings it. Those are two different things. Example: CDC has never documented CWD in people. Ever. Dablemont insists they have. That isn't a difference of opinion; Dablemont is wrong. He claims "Colorado research" shows 78 deaths from CWD- Colorado Department of Health has never reported any deaths from CWD. Ever. That isn't a difference of opinion, Dablemont's just wrong. I don't know where he came up with the 78 deaths figure, I found this study looking at Colorado deaths from prion diseases between 1978-1998. Those authors state prion diseases are very rare, that transmission between species is very rare, and that in those twenty years 78 people died from unknown degenerative brain diseases. I don't know if it's the study Dablemont used because he didn't provide any documentation- no studies, no reports, no links, nothing. But if it is, he got it wrong. The more I think of it, CWD is a great case study in why a guy like Dablemont isn't worth your time. He's extremely concerned CWD is and will be transmitted to humans, despite any evidence. He's written he is not at all interested in taking down deer feeders, despite overwhelming evidence high densities of deer contribute to the spread of CWD. Heck, he's surprised no deer in SWMO tested positive for CWD, despite it being in the Arkansas herd, so on some level he gets the whole communicable disease thing. His positions aren't even internally consistent. And the more I read of Dablemont's stuff, the more I wonder whether he even fully understands what he's mad about. As a lay person I fully agree, oneshot- Dablemont has the right to his own opinion, even if it's misinformed. But as a journalist, and as a self-appointed watchdog for MDC, Dablemont has a responsibility to deal with his audience honestly. Dablemont's audience has a responsibility to hold him accountable for his words. We're Dablemont's audience, and we get to decide whether he represents us. For me that's an easy, unequivocal "no."
  7. SpoonDog

    Larry Dablemont Article

    I've had MDC come out and write management prescriptions for my forest, for free. I've had them help write out timber contracts, for free. I know folks who've had their ponds stocked with fish from MDC hatcheries for free. Nothing nefarious, just part of MDC's effort to manage fish and game and forests in the state. Johnny's a resident, a landowner, a purchaser of hunting and fishing licenses- which means he's entitled to the same privileges as everyone else, irrespective of his wealth. Now if they were flying Johnny around in the helicopter, that's a problem. If they had blown off other landowner's requests to go shoot Johnny's hogs, that's a problem. But Dablemont isn't presenting that sort of evidence. If anything, he's using evidence of MDC personnel doing their job to argue MDC personnel aren't doing their job. It doesn't make a lick of sense. I dunno Dablemont. Maybe he's a great guy. But he's a consistently bad "journalist." If he wants to write an opinion column or folksy short stories or even just op-ed letters to the editor railing against MDC, more power to him. If he wants to be MDC's watchdog, awesome- do the research, gather the facts and their supporting evidence, and report them. MDC's written numerous articles on hog management in the state, if Dablemont's still in the dark, the onus is on him to do more/better research. If he thinks MDC's hog policy is bad that's fine, he's entitled to his own opinion. If he's going to argue MDC's hog policy should emulate TX, NC, AR, TN, or other states where hog populations have increased even with public hunting- it speaks to his knowledge of the subject. There's value in being an MDC watchdog, but let's pick a better champion. I'm not certain Dablemont understands making a career out of going off half-cocked impugns his credibility more than MDC's. There's a risk in being the boy who cried wolf. In the meantime, his work only serves to stoke mistrust in the conservation initiatives he, as a sportsman, should be advocating. I'm wiling to listen when he presents something tangible. But until that happens, his work isn't worth my time.
  8. Guns are a tool- and just like it's tough to build a house without a hammer, it's tough to mow down dozens of people in a few seconds without an AR-15 or similar high-capacity weapon. I need to kill a lot of people quickly- that's the problem these guns solve. And it's up to us to determine whether everyone in society- regardless of mental or emotional state- needs to have that solution at their ready disposal. If we're gonna say "it's just a tool," then let's be honest about what the tool does. We can make the same argument that dedicated people will find a way around border walls, or find a way to slip through security. We still eagerly implement those measures in the name of safety. It's interesting two years ago we couldn't afford a single refugee in the country because on in 10,000 might be a terrorist, yet today the routine murder of American youth is an acceptable tradeoff for a strict interpretation of constitutional doctrine. The uniting principle in those two positions isn't security, safety, or even law- it's a cavalier attitude towards the lives of other human beings. They'll make a sacrifice so you don't have to. It's greed.
  9. It's a shame you don't realize how bored you must be.
  10. SpoonDog

    Current River Concerns

    When its dry like this, that's when I notice the horse trails the most- pounded into powder. To me, it's pretty obvious who's running trail rides on the upper Current. But horses and ATVs are easy enough problems to solve (provided there's a will to do so) that transferring ownership seems a pretty extreme response. I'm not sure MDC has an interest in managing the upper Current, that they'd be able to allocate more resources to protection than NPS, or that they'd be better equipped to tackle these problems- which occur on conservation areas, too. Any agency managing ONSR is going to have exactly the same problems. It'd be a political nightmare and I'm not even sure how it would work- given how much of the upper river isn't directly owned by the Feds, but rather managed through easements. If those agreements had to be re-negotiated to transfer ONSR between federal and state agencies....I could foresee it doing far more harm than good. IMO the solution isn't switching owners, it's making sure ONSR personnel fulfill their legal obligation to protect and maintain the quality of the park. A citizen nonprofit- recreational users, businesses, etc- like what they've created on the NFOW and the James around Springfield- may help. Problem is, there's such animosity between the folks who use ONSR and the folks who live around it that I don't think they'll be coming together anytime soon. That's really the biggest problem with ONSR- the circular firing squad makes it easy to maintain the status quo.
  11. SpoonDog

    What Factors influence the Smallmouth population

    ...triploid fish are sterile. Their genetic advantage is they never have to allocate energy towards eggs and milt, which means that genetic advantage will never be conferred to their offspring. They're Eunuchs. Dump a bunch of sterile fish into a stream hoping they'll mate with the natives to produce better fishing through superior genetics, and you'll be sorely disappointed. What's more- you'll have fast growing fish which can't spawn competing with slower-growing native fish which CAN spawn- depressing the entire population overall. You're not just doing nothing, you're putting considerable effort into making things worse. That's why it's so important the people understand genetics before leaping to it as a cure-all.
  12. SpoonDog

    What Factors influence the Smallmouth population

    ...that isn't the way natural selection works. You don't go from a 12" fish to a 20" fish, you go from a 12" fish to a 12.2" fish. It's incremental, but many in the general public mistakenly look at genetics as some sort of silver bullet. It isn't. South Koreans are eight inches taller (on average) than they were a century ago. Guatemalans are five inches taller, on average. Their genetics haven't changed drastically in three generations- what has changed is their access to food, shelter, and healthcare. There's a link between genetics and growth- but it's dwarfed by the link between food and growth, or habitat and growth, or health and growth. Even if it wasn't the case- there's no reason to think "genetics" that confer advantages in one habitat would confer advantages in all habitats. I can drop a sumo wrestler in the Sahara- that doesn't mean when I come back five years later there'll be scores of little sumo wrestlers running around. 15,000 years ago everything north of the Missouri River was covered in a mile of ice- every smallmouth in Minnesota or Michigan or Wisconsin was a popsicle. They were all dead- every single one of them. The only places smallmouth could've survive were places like Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee. When the ice retreated the smallmouth colonizing those states carried a subset of genetic material from here. It's entirely likely Ozark smallmouth are more genetically diverse than those in states further north- not less. If it's a question of genetics, they're probably already present in Ozark smallmouth. But it probably isn't genetics. The relationship between fish growth and temperature isn't linear. Most species have an optimal window above which growth either slows or stops- all their energy is going into homeostasis instead of growth. The number of days in the growing season is irrelevant- what matters is the number of days in that window where smallmouth bass grow. Smallmouth don't grow much above 80 degrees- which means in the Ozarks, you can throw out a good chunk of the summer. Farther north, water temperatures may only rarely get above 80. The growing season's shorter- but the number of days they can grow is longer. Genetics isn't magic, and its impact on something like growth is minor compared to other factors. But dumping a truckload of Minnesota smallmouth into the Meramec is easier than convincing farmers not to run cows or backhoes or ATVs in their stream. But it's only a shortcut if it leads somewhere- otherwise, it's just a dead end.
  13. SpoonDog

    FAMOUS LAST WORDS (Trophy Carp Regs)

    If they're eating mid-water, on daphnia, they're almost certainly competing with native planktivores. So much for being benign. If they're scavenging the carcasses of sportfish, they're even more toxic than we thought. Last stop on the food chain.
  14. SpoonDog

    FAMOUS LAST WORDS (Trophy Carp Regs)

    A lot. Because the rods,the reels, the little slingshot deal, the rod holders, the bite alarms, the net, the sling, and the mini trampoline job are effectively one-time purchases. The hooks, the line, the weights, the High Nutrient Boilies...you're purchasing them once every few trips. You're purchasing the $15, $50, $100+ ticket every trip. Gar aren't carp, trout aren't carp, trout and carp don't often live in the same places, that there's no causal relationship between carp harvest and population declines or between carp fishing and trophy bass angling. But I'm not interested in re-litigating old topics. I'm not interested in the regurgitated talking points that carp have been around for 140 years (as though that means they're native, or that they've had no impact) or that carp are more nutritious than trout (as though bass have the option in most places). It doesn't matter. It didn't matter the first time you said it, it doesn't matter the tenth time you say it, it won't matter the hundredth time. If you don't understand that, it isn't my problem. If you don't understand the disservice you're doing to your cause, it isn't my problem. But if you're that intransigent, completely unwilling to look at the issue from anyone's perspective except your own...I have no idea why you're on a discussion forum.
  15. SpoonDog

    FAMOUS LAST WORDS (Trophy Carp Regs)

    $16.50 was the cheapest I saw for a carp ticket, going up to $100+ for the cherry spots. Trout/salmon went $45-$100+. I didn't see an option where you could still fish if you didn't want to pay, which I'm guessing means some significant percentage of that Six Billion Pound economic benefit is tied up in ticket costs. Tickets that wouldn't be sold here. Money that wouldn't be made here. This is going to come across as mean, and it isn't meant to be. Anyway, I apologize in advance. Dozens of people, on dozens of forums, for a decade or more, have had the same negative reaction to your posts and your behavior. That level of consistency doesn't happen by accident. The chances all of those people are wrong and you're right- it isn't likely. The problem isn't the message. People find the messenger an irritant. You could have used any one of those instances as a learning experience- after all, a good salesman caters his pitch to his audience. Instead, you just move forums- posting the same drivel to a different audience, yielding the same results, all the while kidding yourself you're doing anyone any favors. Somehow you've got it in your head that if you burn 20 bridges and recruit five new potential carp anglers, that's the same thing as victory. Maybe that's why progress in recognizing carp as a game species can be best described as...incremental. You're your own worst enemy, MOCarp. I can open a fishing magazine or log onto Facebook, Instagram and find people doing what you're trying to do- just better. No cut/paste and light on the poorly edited YouTube videos, no justifying carp fishing through harebrained analyses of economic or ecological impact, or misinformed comparisons to other species. No belittling of others- two adults disagreeing just means they disagree, it doesn't mean one is a clandestine bowfishing agent or that they gleefully huck carp onto the bank. That someone doesn't agree lockstep with your position- especially if that position is predicated on BS- doesn't make them an enemy. That someone is willing to call you out on BS doesn't make them an enemy, and I'm sorry you see the world that way. That leads us to my last point. I'm not ignoring you because, quite frankly, a lot of the things you say about carp (their ecological importance, economic importance, etc) is just simply BS. If it were just BS I wouldn't have an issue- but if you're able to convince a significant number of anglers your BS is true, that BS will have measurable consequences on state agencies and the management of other fisheries, not just carp. Because whether it's non-native trout anywhere, bass in Maine, pike in California, walleye in Wyoming...once a non-native sportfish has a constituency, it's much tougher to remove them, even when it's to protect native biodiversity. If you're the poster boy for North American carp fishing, I have absolutely zero faith that when the time comes carp anglers will distinguish between the fisheries where they're doing damage and the fisheries where they're benign. When there's a charlatan priming an audience, it's much more difficult for folks to talk reasonably, intelligently about an issue. That's why I'm not going to hit ignore. Dozens of people, from dozens of forums, for a decade or more, have reacted negatively to your behavior. Your solution is for everyone else to modify their behavior- ignore you- because you either can't or won't modify yours. Do I have that right?
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