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Registered: Jul 2003
Location: Lockridge Iowa
Re: Can someone explain WHY all the changes.
Originally posted by Bruce m. Conkey
This is not about if the rule changes are right or wrong. This is not about if you and I like them or we don't.
I am just very curious what happen to allow all these changes to happen in one year.
I personally thought that this year we would have a small change or two. But if nothing changed, that wouldn't have surprised me.
Well I did get surprised. So what happen to allow all these changes.
Was it a change in the format on how the rules are voted on. Is it a complete changing of the guard when it comes on who votes. Was it held late a night when the old people had fell to sleep? Something happed to the way the rules changes were handled in the past. Any ideas on what it was?
Bruce I will give you my opinion and that is all it is. There was no change in format on how the rules were voted on. But talking to some at UKC they did notice that at UKC hunts and even at the bigger hunts the participation was more on the older side. When they looked across the isle they Noticed there are a lot of 20 to 40yr old's competing in the hunts just not in their hunts. So they wanted changes and I believe the breed reps could feel that and hear that changes were needed to keep growing. Now the breed reps supposedly didn't know how others were voting so I think some voted for multiple changes just so there would be changes one way or the other. Here is the reason I say UKC should have the final say in what changes they will implement. The idea is to get more people hunting UKC not less they should be able to Veto any change that could hurt participation at the local clubs and at their national hunts. Let's say they can't add a rule that did not pass but they could Veto a rule that did.
Now if Proposal's 2,8,9,11,13,15 and 17 had only passed this would have been enough to bring in those Younger hunters from the $ hunts.
proposal 5 they could have hunted without, it is just a bonus and it won't scare away the older hunters This one doesn't add or subtract entries just a bonus.
Proposal 1 isn't a bonus it pretty well is same and really doesn't make any difference, there is a negative in the way it was set up and written up in my opinion I just hope the buddy system doesn't get used much on this change.
Proposal 6 Could hurt entries or you might see this eliminate 2hr hunts at the local clubs. As I stated before UKC realized they had a older crowd. This will speed up the hunts and a 2hr hunt some of that older crowd might realize they just can't hunt at that speed for 2hrs. So you might see a lot more 1hr and 90minute hunts to have the participation at the local level. And have smaller crowds at the 2hr national hunts.
Proposal 7, this one blows my mind that there was even 1 yes vote!!!!
Now the reason so many rules passed is because of the BBOA reps from 3yrs ago changed the vote to nay on tree count down after their membership at their annual meeting voted yay by a large majority. If the count down had passed 3yrs ago you would not have seen all the changes, a few but not near this many. JMHO
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