Dallas Morning News outdoors editor Ray Sasser wrote a nice little article about some ideas and thoughts for 2011 in Texas.
One of the ideas he brings up is that deer hunters, at least in Texas, should be required to purchase an extra license. In these economic hardships, many of our state wildlife agencies are facing a lot of cuts. This is definitely a solution, but one that I'm surprised to see an outdoors editor write about.
But Sasser makes some good points. Waterfowlers spring for a migratory bird license and a duck stamp. In Texas and other states, there's an upland bird license that you need to purchase. If you hunt bear in Pennsylvania, it's an extra fee. There are plenty of states that require an added tag to harvest deer, and it could be a solution to a lot of economic problems our agencies are facing. I don't know many hunters who wouldn't pay the extra 10 bucks to bag a buck.
The problem is that hunters already pay more than their fair share to support our fish and wildlife agencies. It's a responsibility that hunters embrace, but adding more and more to that responsibility might not be a great idea.
Would you pay extra to hunt deer if you had to?
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