Texas Parks and Wildlife is going to raise the price of hunting and fishing license in Texas again. They keep saying what a bargain the Texas license is compared to other states. I say BULL! What do we get for the price of a hunting license? The State says you get to hunt deer, waterfowl, dove, quail, turkeys, predators and small game, what a bargain. Excuse me but that license will not allow you to hunt anywhere, you still must have a place to go whether you lease or own a place. Well there must be public hunting like in other states right? Very little public hunting in Texas and if you want to hunt what little public lands there are you must purchase another permit for public hunting. By the way most of the good public hunts are by draw or lottery system and if drawn you must pay another fee. On many of the draw hunts the numbers of applicants make the odds of getting drawn slim and none. The deer hunting that is not by draw is mostly in poor deer areas or over crowded with hunters.
Texas Parks and Wildlife says it has to raise the fees to keep programs like deer management by State Biologists on private lands. But you and I can’t hunt these deer that belong to the people of the State of Texas unless we pay exorbitant fees for hunts or leases. If they want to fund wildlife management on private lands let the landowners pay the fee. The whole Managed Land Deer Permits for private ranches is funded without charge to the landowners and they want you and me to pay for it. This program eats up tons of our State Wildlife Biologist’s time and brings in next to nothing in revenues. Apparently the brains at Texas Parks and Wildlife can’t come up with an equitable way to charge for the service. How about by the acre or number of deer per acre or number of deer killed per year. Let me see it took 10 seconds to think of those and I bet if a group spent some time on it they could come up with all sorts of workable solutions. The cost for a service should be paid by those that use or benefit from the service.
Texas Parks and Wildlife keep telling us they want to increase hunting and fishing opportunities and get more people involved in the sport. Yet even with Texas population increases, they are seeing license sales go down and I for one have not seen more hunting opportunities and I would bet that few of you have unless you have spent the big money to hunt managed private land. The State has no business increasing fees again and in this hunters opinion all it will do is drive more people out of the sport as the cost to hunt is outgrowing the working family budget.
Think about it, Wild Ed