The down side is they well have a bigger and bigger say in the management of wildlife and hunting regs.I see it here on the wildlife area and state fishing lake all the time. They use our toilets, camp sites, roads, cabins, etc and don't buy a hunting, fishing, or fur-harvesting license. They pick our plums, morels, and ornamental flora and pay not a cent. With each $20 license they would purchase, the budget would receive $80 or more. In that the matrix that determines what the state receives is partly based on population, area, AND license sales; it is important that we increase the portion that we have some control of. Folks complain about the cost of the license at $20 for 365 days of recreation, but they'll spend nearly $100 to take their family of 4 to the movies for a 3 hour tour! We need to get our priorities right!!!
In Idaho ALL!!!! funding comes from Lic/PR act and or Idaho Dept F&G is broke I belive the Biologists that run it want general funding as its more in line with their beliefs .In Colorado they have commercials on TV explaining where the funding comes from for many of our parks. The commercial tells people to hug a Hunter or Fisherman if they are happy for open space. I think the adds are great and spread awareness to where the funding comes from.
This is the reason I've heard for not requiring fees, licenses and excise taxes for more things. Right now it's pretty much funded by consumptive uses. Non consumptive users groups want to pay taxes and have expensive fees so they can have the bigger say that wesslpointer talks about. Smile, pay the tax or fee and realize you and wildlife managers could have it much worse.:cheers:The down side is they well have a bigger and bigger say in the management of wildlife and hunting regs.
That's a good point. We have an example of such here in McHenry C. We have a county conservation district that get's most of it's funding from the general public (property taxes).Smile, pay the tax or fee and realize you and wildlife managers could have it much worse.:cheers: