The Early Days Of The Commission
Those of us, who understand the history of the Wildlife Resources Commission, can remember when the hunters and fishermen of the state had direct involvement in who would be considered for and appointed to the commission. During the early years of the commission, there was a conscious effort to appoint serious hunters and fishermen, farmers who had a genuine interest in habitat and conservation, and ever a few people who would qualify as biologist and zoologist. They were, for the most part, North Carolinians who looked and acted like the hunting and fishing citizenry they were regulating. Even as late as the 1980s the appointments were typically taken quite seriously by the district hunters and fishermen and at least some consideration of the experience and education of prospective commissioners were taken into account by the appointing authorities.
Today, our commissioners don't much look like the typical North Carolina hunter or fishermen. Instead, they have every outward appearance of being politically connected men. Frankly, who could argue that point, for if they weren't politically connected, how could they be on the commission in the first place? And while some of the commissioners are exceptionally interested in wildlife and fishery management, not every member holds such qualifications and interest.