As a cost saving move, the PGC will not be providing full copies of the Digest to all license buyers free of charge. Instead, all hunters will be receiving a “pocket guide” that contains the season dates and bag limits, a map of the state with the WMUs, a shooting hours chart, the regulations for fluorescent orange, and the contact information for the Game Commission and all Regional Offices. For those who prefer the full Digest, it will be available to purchase for the cost of $5. It will also be available, for free, online and in a smartphone app.
I emailed PGC to get their answer to this question. Here is what they just sent me:
I asked them that, SPECIFICALLY, in my email, and the answer was "The HTE course remains unchanged."
Was hoping for a "yes, they will get digests."
The answer I got wasn't terribly definitive. The reason I asked that was that AT our HTE meeting the WCO, with PGC HTE staff on hand, said as of 17/18 there'd be no digests given for HTE students.
It will be available online for free, you can print it yourself if you want. It doesn't sound like walmart is going to have them. Im interested to see how this shakes out. I do agree that it should be provided to any HTE classes, although every ---- kid probably has a smart phone. I think there is going to be a backlash from older folks who may not use a computer. I could see some changes being made next year. The only thing that ticks me off is the $5 charge. I get that it costs money to mail it and print it or whatever but I just cant see charging for it. I assume that the advertisements will now go bye bye.so students pass the HTE course and have to play "seek and find" to learn the rest of the rules so they dont violate the law during hunting season.
will we be able to buy the digest at the local wal mart or do we order them online ?
gotta remember, not every hunter in the State has a computer or smart phone. if they are not available in the stores gonna be a bunch of people not knowing some things.
what about the big pink envelope for mailing in the anterless license application? do we have to buy that too ?
There is no advertisement in the online version, and I doubt that many advertisers will be buying ads now that distribution will take a nose dive. I'm merely guessing but I think that they're probably going to do away with advertisements all together and that's why they're going to charge a fee and not give them away for free.Honestly, if they dont raise the rates on the advertisers, i wont buy and i wont look it up online. i will go with the booklet they give me when i buy my license.
if they dont put any significant changes in that booklet, i think you would have a good challenge based on YEARS of "past practice" but then again, maybe not.
could be a round about way of increasing income from fines. might be sarcastic, might not.
how can they change the law and then decide they are not going to tell you what the changes are ? go look it up.
i agree, the older folk, myself included do not have smart phones. i may not even have the internet by this summer. so what do they plan on doing for those that have no smart phone or the internet ? has to be in the store.
still wont buy it if they dont raise advertising rates.
whats next, charge a fee to answer questions when you call, e-mail, or talk to a WCO ?
The pink envelopes are to aid the Post Office and County Treasurers in knowing what it is so it gets processed through the system in the correct and most time efficient manner.Honestly, those envelopes are the most ridiculous waste of money.
I'd gladly pony up my own plain envelope to mail my app in and provide another to mail back my antlerless tag if those stupid pink enevelopes would go away.