I dont have a problem with change and have never been against the PGC changing the antlerless process. All I am doing is pointing out the FACT that no one (PGC Included) has ever been able to show a monetary gain or improvement in the error rate with the change.Oh how quickly we dismiss that with which we disagree as "irrelevant"....
Yup, and over time, those holdouts (mostly) adopted the new tech. The key difference here is that in none of the above cases did the hold outs argue for a law to exist (or continue to exist) that prevented those willing to be early adopters to stress test and refine the "new" tech.... which is exactly what we're witnessing here and now. There's a common theme among many (if not most) of those opposing the bill allowing other agents to issue the doe tags: "Prove that it'll do a better job than the CT/Mail-in system first." Basically setting an impossible scenario, since you can't test/prove it here, because we all know what works anywhere or everywhere outside of PA doesn't apply... because PA is different.
To me, the biggest advantage is knowing when I click checkout, I'll know my app is received, I'll know if it was issued, and that if I'm issued a tag, it's for the right WMU... and that (barring fulfillment issues) the right tag will get mailed to me. Yeah, we'll still have USPS in the mix delivering the tag from the (untested here in PA) vendor... but no longer is it a guessing game of when it'll arrive, will it get stuck/dropped/lost/found/damaged in transit or at the CT office, will the CT key in the right WMU, will they put the tag in the right envelope?
Counterpoint: What are the disadvantages of using an online system, or more importantly, of others using an online system?
I get folks don't have faith due to prior experiences. I can understand a wait and see approach among many.
What I don't understand is the "I don't like it, I doubt it'll work, so you can't even try" approach.... which kinda reminds me of another hot topic that we agree on.
Ah, but here's the thing, I don't hear folks asking or expecting an online system to meet the same qc/reliability standard... I'm hearing expectations of absolute perfection... Probably because a) we don't have any quantified metrics on the CT performance, just anecdotal 'evidence' from those saying they've never had a single issue in 50 years and assuming that applies to the other 800,000 hunters out there.... Or that they experienced issues with the website (that wasn't actually an issue with the website, but rather a vendor that is no longer fulfilling the licenses) and assuming that it applies equally to the 800,000+ hunters out there.
And again, how do you prove something if prohibited by law to try?
Normally, we look to how others' experiences went or are going... but being PA, we know the universe ends at the borders.
So if I dont save money and the PGC doesnt save money. If the application process takes me the same amount of time. If I have the same chance of getting a license. And I already get my license weeks in advance of when it can be used. What is the advantage of changing?
Good luck, Tony