Are the Non Resident/Landowner Mo hunters noting the change to the permits. In the past, landowners have been able to buy Non-Resident Turkey and Deer tags at a reduced rate. After the Spring Turkey hunt this will be eliminated. In my case I own several hundred acres in N/E Mo. These are farms which have been in my family for years. We have traditionally hunted as a family and these reduced feed greatly reduced my costs of hunting allowing this tradition to continue. My son is appoaching the age when I will need to buy him a "regular" tag vs the youth tags we have bought him in the past. By the time I include Turkey, deer and archery tag this change will cost me an extra $1000 for me and my son! We're not that uncommon. There are plenty of other families who will be impacted. People just can't afford this. They aren't going to make more more money on us. We just won't be able to buy tags and they'll see less revenue. I can't believe the Department would harm family traditions in this way! Does anyone know when there are any public meetings where we can make our opinions known?
We are in the same boat with you. The idiots that decided this have no love in hunting or enjoying the family traditions that have been passed over for years. We as hunters or encouraged to get our kids involved, but more and more the states are pushing people away because its to expensive to hunt your own land. That doesnt even make sense despite the amount of money that it cost for all the equipment involved in hunting. (dont they already make taxes on hunting and fishing equipment) its an absolute joke!! Those lawmakers are money hungrey and are trying to get it where ever they can. It looks like more and more people will have the old fashion farm tag for years to come.Every year reports come out that we have a deer problem and need to limit the amount of deer in areas and there always trying to come up with methods the reduce the numbers. Sounds like they could care less about the deer numbers they just want your money. The game doesnt belong to the government nor the people, but the landowners have the biggest say because their the ones that put the hard work in with the food plots, the timber control, and the feeding. We spend enough money to improve the habitat and game our government doesnt need anymore. It's time that we have the biggest say so not some rich government %@#$ head who doesnt care about our future hutning and our children.
I did recieve a response to the message I posted at the MDC site. It included "Dave Erickson is head of the committee and will see your e-mail. If you wish to contact him directly, his e-mail is David.Erickson@mdc.mo.gov......We frequently hear from Missourians that our prices are too low for non-resident permits." And in closing they said , "It is to be expected that some non-resident hunters will choose not to hunt in Missouri due to the increase in permit prices. There are many Missourians who do not hunt in other states due to the high cost of permits, the rationing of permits and the lack of public lands available for hunting."
So basically they say Missourians want us to pay more...Humm, the folks who hunt and fish on my land don't want me angry at them or the MDC. Of course the road hunters from Missouri cities who I catch road hunting or driving thru my crops probably don't particularily like me and they would probably complain about "those out of staters". The MDC does admit some non-residents won't chose to hunt in Missouri. They simply don't care. When the changes were made to provide Land Owners reduced fees it took a concerted effort by many. I think we will need to again band together and create some noise among resident Missourians who don't want us leaving. This might be due to us allowing public hunting or fihsing on our lands, the businesses around out properties who won't see our business, the counties who won't see the real estate or sales taxes we pay, the family members we hunt with , etc. I think it's important all of these people understand what the MDC is doing to us and the family values associated with family hunts. It's also going to be important they understand Mr. Erickson leads the committee who is doing this. Personally I plan to post my property and note the reason why and the people responsible. Please let us all know if you become aware of any public forums where the families who will be affected can voice their opinions and raise awareness.
One of the most important components of deciphering a new hunting area is distinguishing between the summer and winter ranges for the game that you plan to pursue. Without knowing this you cannot make reliable assumptions about where the game will be come opening day. Knowing these areas will allow you to take the current weather (as well as the past couple weeks) and apply that to the landscape and make an educated guess as to where you might find that big buck or bull.
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