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Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Cumberland County 5A
Re: DMAP reporting rate
An age-old problem that's gotten worse. My solution, would be to do away with report cards and require mandatory online or call-in reports. Case closed.
The report card only takes a few minutes to fill out and send it (at no cost), so online or call-in reports won't be any more convenient for successful hunters, than the current report cards are.
No more report cards, no viable excuse like "Duh, mine musta got lost in the mail", whenever an attempt is made to "punish" those who refuse to comply with that requirement.
With an online PALS report or phone call, no more excuses. No report, no new license the following year. People are still free to make things up, either way, as to whether you got a deer and don't report it.
But if your deer was field or processor checked and you don't make a report, you pay the price. No more "lost in the mail" defenses, if a WCO presses charges for failure to report a deer kill.
Now someone will say "Not everyone has access to a computer or a phone." Everyone had access to the US Postal Service and the reporting rate is less than 40%.
Some folks' learnin' curves just look like circles...3A Camp/also hunt 4B