After reading the Aug. 26 article “Game Commission ready to push for license fee increase,” I feel compelled to write and make a few comments.
I consider myself an average hunter, so I am using the licenses that I purchase. And the information that I am using for the comparison is taken from the proposed increases published in the Times Leader, along with the current license fees published in the Pennsylvania Hunting and Trapping Digest. And these increases are only for the first year alone.
In the article it was stated that one local legislator wants to know “what’s in it for hunters.”
You are proposing to raise the license fees for the average hunter by 65 percent next year. What’s in it for the hunter? I can think of nothing better than the House Game and Fisheries Committee – or whatever legislative body it is has been stagnating in – approving Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania. That way, for the average hunter, the hunting time would be increased dramatically, just as the article states the raise in fees is dramatic.
Ask yourself, or take an informal survey: Why has the number of hunters dropped in the past 20 years? Could it be the price of the licenses, and the number of days the average person can actually hunt? Saturday is a normal work day for many people.
A copy of this has been sent to the Times Leader as well as state Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Newport Township, who is Democratic vice chairman of the Game and Fisheries Committee for comment.