August 22, 2012 at 11:45 am #123028FNW StaffKeymaster
By Steve Piatt
I really couldn’t understand when DEC a couple years back decided to
slap a $10 application fee that’s to apply, not necessarily receive
on Deer Management Permits.
And I still don’t. After all, it’s the antlerless deer harvest that
generally dictates the size of the state’s deer herd, and DEC doles out
those tags in an effort to achieve the kill biologists are hoping for to
manage the state’s whitetails.
So why run the risk of pricing hunters out of the woods? Sure, that’s
not likely to happen and most of us grudgingly ate the $10 fee and took
our shots at securing DMPs. But when the state wants and actually needs
us out there, it seemed to me and still seems the DEC sometimes
forgets we’re the chief management tool when it comes to controlling the
state’s whitetail numbers.
Other times, I firmly believe the DEC “gets it.” The department’s
continued move toward loosened restrictions designed to get hunters out
there and keep them out there to achieve the deer harvest they desire
shows that. But I’m still hung up on this DMP application fee. I would
think the last thing the state wants to do is leave a sour taste in the
mouth of a hunter who applies and doesn’t receive the tag, but is still
out the 10 bucks anyway. Thank you for playing.
But when you think about it, does much about deer management make
sense? States essentially “hire” hunters to head afield and do their job
in keep deer numbers in check, yet we pay them for the privilege. Go
I don’t have the answers to it all, but I still think the application
fee could and should be dropped. It’s like paying a cover charge and
then having a bouncer tell you you still can’t go inside, isn’t it?
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I personally have noticed a big increase in doe populations in 4F. Before the fee was implemented you really didn’t see deer crossing the road until close to hunting season and during the rut. For the last 12 months it’s 24/7. Every morning when I’m on the road taking the wife to work, I encounter deer. Almost took a pair of twin fawns out this morning. No matter what time of the year it is I have deer darting out in front of me. It’s getting out of control.
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