"The Ministry of Natural Resources is committed to good customer service and this phone line delivers that," said Ouellette. "Instead of waiting in line at a Ministry office, you can just pick up the phone and make a free call to get that extra seal."
This had to be the biggest goof in the history of the MNR.
It took me 8 hrs the first day and then 2.5 hrs the next before I got thru. Crazy as I would seem I carried my phone around the house all day hitting re dial every 30 seconds and got busy signals.
Figure it out. One number / 30 WMU / 200 tags approx each. maybe 100,000 hunters / Tags available first come first serve and no way of knowing which tags are left / ALL calling at the same time.
I'm guessing one operator the first day and 8 were called in to work the second day.
Last year I went to the local MNR OFFice and was on my way by 9:30 am the first day. and got to meet the local MNR staff.
So much for customer service.
I talked the the local MNR office and on the first morning they had all ready 500 phone calls to find out what was going on with the
busy phone line. I would guess every line at all MNR offices were busy.
It seems it would have been better to leave it the way it was the first year.
From a customer relation point of view: I would think having Hunters go and meet the staff at the local MNR offices would be better all around; most don't ever place a foot inside the doors.
Being a bowhunting I've always been fanatical about scent control. Whether it's sprays, carbon clothing etc. I've tried it. The best thing that I have found for eliminating human scent is Betadine. It's been used in hospitals and homes for decades as a defense against infections on minor scrapes and burns. It can typically be found near the pharmacy in any of the major "one stop shop" stores, and a bottle will last multiple hunting seasons.
Before every hunt possible I...