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Imposing fees

Many people say that their DNR's don't know how many deer there are in their respective states. I think most states go off the deer season kills but most people don't send in the reports. I think every report should be sent in whether or not you got one. If you don't send it in, then there will be a fee ($2 or $3) added to your license purchase for the following year. Also, there should be a reward given to someone who turns in a poacher. Many people let it slide, but if there was a reward of say $250, then maybe people would turn them in more. What do you think?

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I think that is an excellent idea kotten.

Here in Florida we already have such a "tip line" feature that rewards you if your tip leads to an arrest and conviction of a Violator of Wildlife Laws. Have a firearm involved and its a felony.

Myself personally, dont need a reward to turn a criminal in. Any reward money I may receive for doing my civic duty would be given to the charity of my choice.
Anyone who would "let it slide" is just as guilty as the violator in my opinion.

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I am not sure that your sugestions would be economically or logistically possible for your average state's game commission. I do agree with you that hunters should police there own, however a financial reward should not be required. Lets face it hunting licenses are expensive enough and if we start giving out financial rewards then the price must be raised even more. Mailing in all tags will also create more work for the game commissions, and result in higher fees as well.
I believe in harsh punishment for poachers, the harsher the punishment the greater the deterence should be.

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SGT, here in NY the reporting system is electronic. There would be no "paperwork". The reward would be financed by the fine that is paid. Say a person was caught & fined $1,000, $500 would go to the state & $500 would go to the person who reported the poach.

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Kotten,
That system would work. I am sure there is currently a few bugs, but I like that concept of drawing the funding from the poachers and not us law abiding hunters. Hopefully as the internet becomes more common, that system could be implimented everywhere. Currently in my home state PA, we still mail in everything and licensing has only recently become available over the web. Unfortunately it doesn't include special licensing such as military tags. Hopefully the game commisions can catch up with technology.

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While I do not think poaching can be allowed, as the game herds much be intelligiently managed in our day, I do however, have my reservations over too much emphasis being placed on citizens turning other citizens in to the law, there has to be a balance, because the extreme of this kind of activity leads to an oppressive society where everyone is watching everyone for the State. zeN

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I agree with you concerning - citizens turning in citizens- this is like goverment in Russia and other misfortunate countries.I am against poaching unless that person is down and out with a family to feed.I can see no harm in a hungry family doing this to survive.However if a poacher is well known doing this just for the sake of a trophy rack, I suggest dealing with it amongst yourselves.We had a few braggers up this way,but have decided to hunt like the rest with honesty and become a "Real Hunter" The poachers can be spotted without guessing-when you see them showing off their Trophy bucks- only have to look at the deer's eyes-if it was (Jacked) with a light, "The pupils of the eyes turn WHITE" you'll notice on many posted trophy buck photos on various sites.Take notice next time and you'll see that a day time buck etc. has natural color eyes. I have heard of poachers up in Canada don't like to see their pickups and cabins burned to the ground. I think they get the idea real quick!

zeNMan wrote:
While I do not think poaching can be allowed, as the game herds much be intelligiently managed in our day, I do however, have my reservations over too much emphasis being placed on citizens turning other citizens in to the law, there has to be a balance, because the extreme of this kind of activity leads to an oppressive society where everyone is watching everyone for the State. zeN

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