I was recently asked by some sportsmen why the Jim Strader Hunting and Fishing expo was not being held this year. Though I am an avid gun rights owner I am not a hunter and am typically a weekend fisherman at best so I had no answers. Since this involves literally thousands of people across the State, and avid family members who hunt, I decided I would do a periphery check on why.
Where to start? Why not Strader's website and see myself. Seemed simple enough of a task right?
After checking out Strader's website at www.strader.com I had to investigate.
Folks there is trouble amiss in the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife.
While doing a search on pending legislation I discovered Senator Gary Tapp's SB 64 calling for transparency. Then curious I searched the leadership of the KDFWR and found that the Commissioner of the Dept, Jon Gassett is running a For Profit company in direct conflict with the public agency he is in charge of http://www.southern-wildlife.com/About_Us.html.
Upon further search of the LLC admin finds that Deputy Commissioner Hank Patton has Wildlife Outfitters listed as a sponsor of NWTF and is using state e-mail to conduct his business http://www.nwtf.org/hunt_outfitters.php?STATE=KY
It seems that the KDFWR has decided it could do what it wants with no oversight. Yep a big surprise to be sure. I will be laying out a scheme over the coming weeks that involves the head of the KDFWR Jon Gasset, his family members including dad Robin Gassett, Deputy Commissioner of KDFWR Hank Patton, and yep Governor Steve Beshear himself.
Since Jon Gassett became the Commissioner of KDFWR there have been several complaints concerning misappropriation of funds, unethical behavior, and federal violations of law. Yes business as usual by the entrenched. No surprises here really.
Some examples that will be given more consideration in the coming weeks include how Jon Gassett issued multiple service permits for deer and Elk AFTER Governor Paul Patton issued a moratorium against them. They will include how Gassett has personally abused his position by doing business as "outfitters" for himself and Deputy Commissioner Hank Patton thus lining their pockets.
You can check out his LLC here: http://apps.sos.ky.gov/business/obdb/(S(3hp1kp55pokz1dusp3525dzg))/showentity.aspx?id=0670498&ct=06&cs=99999
Make no mistake about it the KDFWR apparently is as corrupt as anything else. What started as trying to answer a simple question from some friends is turning out to be a gross mismanagement and abuse of resources.
The KDFWR is now on the radar and it will affect hundreds of thousands of sportsmen across the State and it will not be pretty.
Stay tuned this is going to get ugly to be sure.........................
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