I have no issue with an increase. One thing I would like to see though is some combo licenses that would possibly save a few dollars if you purchased them together. Like if you bought a regular license, furtaker's, and archery stamp together there would be a small price break.
Those millions will not last forever. All the leasing of the gamelands that could be done has been done. Not all of it is producing gas royalties. Lets face it after 16 years it is time to increase the coast of the general hunting license. I agree that the junior license should remain the same, but I do think the senior lifetime license & combo license should be raised some.
Don't want to even think of any price increase or new "tags" until some issues are solved and results are seen. Very low deer numbers in some areas and increasing predators are a few of the problems. Also some oversight by the public where our voice is actually used would be nice.
I believe that the license sales have been up slightly the last couple years. There may be a decrease but I don't think it will be very significant, As for raising the doe license, yes I think it should be raised, but what will happen is the PGC will be accussed of selling doe licenses just for the money. I also do not understand what less anyone will be getting You will still be able to kill a buck & 2 turkeys with the general license, and all the small game you wish to hunt, plus the hunting of coypties almost all year.
I have no problem with an increase, I would like to see additional stamps included- possibly an upland habitat stamp, and a pheasant stamp. In my opinion the pheasant stamp should work very much like the trout stamp does with my fishing license......
In 5 years we will be able to hunt NY nonresident for less than PA resident. Not a good way to help hunting numbers or recruitment. I will always pay for my hunting license, regardless. But someone like my wife will be hard pressed to pay $85 to archery hunt with one doe tag. You can currently hunt bear, 2 spring turkey, small game, furbearers, and a buck for $120 nonresident in NY. With the proposed prices plus the special spring tag to shoot 2 spring birds you will be $130 PA resident. I see a lot of people near the border being NY only in 5 years. Sorry, but while I support small increases, I don't support doubling license prices in just a 5yr span. Should be a $20 pheasant stamp and that will take care of a huge part of the increase. And I hunt pheasant, so it would cost me. An adult combo is too much of a no-brainer for PA to catch on to.
10 years ago I wouldnt have minded paying a LITTLE more for my hunting liscences, but now, no I dont believe it would do anything but further lower liscence sales, resident and non resident.
Hunting is not what it used to be, and it wont take much to push people into giving it up! I personally know a few people that have already thrown in the towel. Alot of hunters have the "cant put a price on time spent afield" but there is a large percentage of them that can and will put a limit on what they are willing to pay.
I dont know the statistics but how many states charge well over 100 dollars for a resident hunter to be able to hunt in the state he lives in, pays taxes in? Now before someone castrates me, i understand that taxes have nothin to do with the GC, but to a land owner that has to pay those kind of prices to hunt on land he owns, possibly to hunt and kill deer he may feed, and that the game commission has absolutely nothing invested in is just crazy!
I believe in this day and age that our liscence cost enough, we get hit with high taxes, and the other high costs of living, why not be able to enjoy one thing that we dont have to take a loan out to afford!
They havent been granted an increase in that many years, for a reason, now it seems like they are trying to make up for it in 5 years!