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Yeah not sure I believe the 20-50% bs. The spread is stupid for something supposedly based on real #'s. I saw a lot more hunters walking the fields with their new pistol-grip shotguns.I have a hard time believing this given what I have been seeing in the woods and on the water.
Again, it's not 20-50%. It's 20% fewer sporting licenses and 50% fewer hunting licenses based on licensing data over the reported period.Yeah not sure I believe the 20-50% bs. The spread is stupid for something supposedly based on real #'s. I saw a lot more hunters walking the fields with their new pistol-grip shotguns.
Also for what it's worth.
"Proposed by:MassWildlife Director Mark S. Tisa, Ph.D., M.B.A.and theFisheries and Wildlife Board Finance Sub-committee:Bonnie Booth, Ernie Foster, and Michael Roche"
Exactly. Just because you see more people put there doesn't mean they didn't have licenses in the past.Again, it's not 20-50%. It's 20% fewer sporting licenses and 50% fewer hunting licenses based on licensing data over the reported period.
How many of those additional hunters you saw are simply out more this year than in years past...or are without license?
That said.....if your buying a sporting license and not really fishing.......This...if your gonna poach anyway......... Deer season with any rifle starts October 15th. No orange, no problem.
I dunno, I have been comparing Montana to Massachusetts. Montana has great trout rivers but look at what we have! I mean here in central mass we have beautiful rainbows and browns that don't get fished out for at least a week in our five foot wide streams. I'm talking a whole week! And then our state lands. Montana has 27 million acres. You can never get an animal there. They have too many places to hide. Now here in Mass, different story. I mean I have this sweet 35 acre piece of DCR land near me. It is hit or miss, granted, because you have to deal with the dog walkers coming through at prime time. But those times they don't can be absolutely magical. There is nothing like the sounds of leaf blowers in the distance humming away and then when you least expect it a monster 65 pound doe shows up. So cool.The comparison of MA fees, to those of states which are hunting destinations, is laughable.
you don’t want that......
you don’t want all those birds watchers and dog workers to have a actual say in how land set aside for hunters is used.
our best “ace in the hole” as hunters is that we solely fund those properties.
If hunting licenses are down 50% then they need to cut staff and expenses by 50%.This seems to be in conflict with the R3 program that's supposed to be helping stop the loss of sportsmen. "Hey, hunting licenses are down 50%, and working families around the state haven't been working in nearly a year; let's raise the cost of admission, I'm sure that'll help increase engagement!"