rsb I do know how the commission works and disagree with the latest bunch of people that think we need a special tag for everything. I do know the commission does not get tax funding but also see lots of stupid spending by them. You want to help them> push for higher fines of poachers and other big crimes against the game laws. I really don't care when their last license increase was. Maybe in your world the commission has done great things but in my areas of hunting it has been a disaster. too many doe tags given out, dmap tags given out where signs of deer is minimal at best, writing up people for throwing garbage in garbage can(I got that one), Not chasing farmers illegally poisoning because it is too hard. Not fining farmers for shooting in the name of crop damage in safety zones(I had to put a stop to that after commission wouldn't do anything). So no I don't have much respect for the commission in the last 20 years as I watch hunting change for the bad worrying only about the size and age of deer killed. Hunter numbers have dropped immensely and addressing that seems opposing their management style. A kid does not want to be in woods for days and maybe see a couple deer.
Let me see if I have your thinking down correctly.
During the past fiscal year the Game Commission budget expenditure was $99,456,419 and they brought on a grand total of $1,615,588.00 in fine money. That amounts to fines and penalties being 1.6 % of the money they spent to fund the reduced services they could provide last year.
Do you seriously believe they could do that much better if they raised the fines, (which once again would require the actions of the State Legislature because the Game Commission can’t change the law or the amount of the fines), or if the WCOs just got out there and arrested more people? While you are chewing on that you need to remember that increasing the fines, as you suggest, would have to be done by the same State Legislature that hasn’t granted a license increase since 1999.
In all seriousness it just sounds to me like you have a burr under your saddle because you aren’t seeing enough deer to suit you and then on top of that you got a citation for violating the law. Your post kind of makes it sound like you believe you should have got off with a warning, while all the other violators, but you, were getting caught and hit with heavier fines so the Game Commission wouldn’t need a license increase.
Or, do I have it all wrong and just missed something in your post?