In response to Steve Taylor's column "OK, duck hunters, we must speak up for wildlife refuge" (Dec. 11): While I have no doubt that Taylor means well, the worst thing that could happen to the surrounding properties of the San Joaquin River system or any private property would be for the government to take it over.
When I was a boy, you could access every road in the forest; now more than half of Forest Service roads are closed in the winter and limited use is common. Another example is the grasslands wildlife management area less than 10 percent of this government-owned wildlife area is open to hunting. These limitations are always in the name of safety, habitat and budget restrictions
When the government is in control of the property with the simple stroke of a pen or the decision of someone who cares less about your sport, your hunting is gone.
Changing the name of the state Fish and Game to Fish and Wildlife is more than a name change; it is a mission change. The government is not the hunter's friend.