The commission has totally mismanaged themselves financially and habitat wise for the past 10 years, and now they want a blank check to run the agency? I dont think so. Time to fold them into DCNR.
I have reached the point where I am all for the Game Commission being folded into the DCNR.
Then wildlife management, and all other functions of the Game Commission, will be funded through tax dollars with the hunting license fees going to the stateís general fund account and used where ever the Legislature and Governor designate it to be used. They will no longer have a Board of Commissioners and instead a Secretary will head the agency.
I think it will be good because hunters will no longer have a voice at the Commission meetings since there will no longer be Commission meetings. They will still have a voice with their State Legislature, but they already have and use that. But, I donít figure their voice is going carry much weight since hunters are less than 8% of the population and probably even less than that of the voting pool.
The license fees will no longer be a contentious matter for hunters because once the money is going to the stateís general fund the Legislature simply isnít going to be at all concerned whether the hunters are happy about the price of the licenses and stamps or not. Iíll bet we never again see another period of even ten years, let alone, twenty year, between license increases.
Just think about how often the motor vehicle registration has increased over the past twenty years and how many time they came out and asked vehicle owners how they felt about an proposed fee increase.
Yep, I think it is time.
Hunters have come to the conclusion their best approach is to go ahead and just cut their nose off, since that would surely spite their face.