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Washington Commission Approves New Incentives to Open Private Lands to Hunting

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The incentive program does'nt accomplish anything except a way for the state to increase the revenue from license and tags.
Up until a few years ago. All state property was accessible and a greater majority of the lumber baron properties were open to hunting.
The state has done nothing except make the situation less hunter friendly. In the name of revenue. Not a person on the committee is an outdoorsman or hunter but, they know how to increase revenue for the state. The funds brought in by this new "incentive" program will probably end up in the general fund and never be seen by the programs it is supposedly supporting.

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Great, a new way to pay to play. I am not impressed. How about this instead;

We the taxpayers have been giving these private land owners a huge tax break on their timberlands forever. How about we end this. You open your land for taxpayers to use, and we allow your tax break status. You gate your land, you lose the tax break.

Open land is great, if the gates are open. Most "open" lands are still gated and will remain so. Doesn't matter if you pay or not, you are still going to hoof it. Don't get me wrong or think I am lazy, but these gated areas are not as easy to hunt as you may think.

I like the End The Tax Break approach to dealing with these timber companies.

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Even though i don't pay taxes yet my uncle with who i hunt with has to and we hunt privet lands in eastern washington and this is just another way to pay to hunt I live in Rochester washington so we already pay Money to drive over there for deer and Pheasants. I agree this state just makes it harder for hunters. Well good luck to all.

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Add this the fact that DNR has been toying with an idea to charge us for a "use permit" to use state lands like Capitol Forest, and we will be nickel & dimed out of the woods.

And as fuzzybear states, it will all probably go to the general fund.

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