I am just plain new to this forum as of this minuet. I viewed the topics and decided this is as good as any place to start.
I want the federal goverment to adminastrate all hunting and fishing permits and fees. for all national forest. Here is why.
Out of State Hunting Fee’s
Today I received my application for out of state hunting. I was dismayed to see they had raised the fees again. One might say “this is the last straw” or “ I am mad as hell and I am not going to take it anymore” or “ this is a clear case of discrimination”. All would be true and I feel it is time to do some thing about it!
It might best be explained why I feel this way if I explain who I am and what I do.
Native born in Caldwell, Idaho, I grew up in Kuna, Idaho and hunted and fished with my Uncles and My grandfather. This is my passion and my heritage. After serving in Military service in the Korean War I came home to my home state and the first thing I did was go deer hunting. I don’t recall what the license and tag cost were maybe $5.00 total?
It soon became apparent that there were not any jobs to be had in Idaho and I was forced to move out of state and seek employment elsewhere. Over the years (30 about) I continued to go back to Idaho for hunting. My son and family continue that passion.
The point is, in 30 years of hunting it has always been in the same place and on Federal land (Boise National Forest). It is my understanding that the U.S. Forest Service administrates federal land in the “Timber management and harvest” “Mining and “ Grazing rites”. I THINK IT IS TIME THEY TOOK OVER THE HUNTING AND FISHING TOO. The license fees for my son and I will exceed $1,400. The total trip will cost us over $3,000.
It is impossible for us to have any input in the decision making process. In that the commission meetings are impossible to attend. Further, we would have a minority disadvantage and be overruled.
A lot of hunters cannot afford the lopsided, discriminating fees to go hunting out of state and I feel this hurts the overall economy I general.
The defenders of this country have a right to demand fair treatment in their pursuit of the very principles they defended. They are entitled to equal rights to all Federal land in all of THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
I ask all Hunters and fisherman to come together and support equal access to federal land.
You may contact me in the sites provide I need your support as we go forward.
I give my permission to include this paper with any hunting application
President, C&O Engineering
San Jose, CA