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Im lucky enough to be an Indiana lifetime hunting license holder. After july of this year the department of natural recources no longer offered the lifetime license. What do you think about the removal of the lifetime license?? Do you think its fair to young hunters just getting into the sport, not having the oppritunity to obtain one?? I have heard that all license's are going to increase in price again this coming year. Your opinions??????
 

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I've had my LTL since 1988, and I feel bad for them that they will not have the same opportunity I had. I realize that the state was losing money on the program and that a business can not run without money, but I was bummed that the program was cut because I looked forward to the day I could buy my 14 month old son his LTL.
 

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I guess my aggravation is that there was not much notification that they were ending the program. I am sure that the state knew much in advance of July '05, but how did they notify the common man that it was ending? I stumbled on it when I went to purchase my tags for the fall seasons. My intention was to purchase the lifetime license this year for Christmas for myself...I guess that I will be buying tags the rest of my life...:banghead3
 

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Licenses are handled by the Fish and Wildlife Division. In their defense the removal of the license was advertised one year in advance. Those wishing to purchase licenses for children too young to take the hunter ed. were waived so they could still have the opportunity to purchase it. You can bet on an increase more than likely......yearly.
 

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If tags and license's keep going up, wont that discourage hunters to go hunting?? I think $24.00 is plenty for one tag. I dont even really know why hunters have to pay that much, I mean arent we thinning a deer heard. Doesnt seem right to pay the state of Indiana to do them a favor. If we all quit deer hunting for ome year, wont that make the tag price go WAY down the following year? My message for the Division of Fish and Wildlife...dont bite the hand that feeds you.:coco:
 

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If you believe the 24.00$ fee for licenses funds the management of wildlife for the state as a whole you are misunderstood. Hickory if you think the outdoor activities you participate in are just a favor to the state you might want to reconsider your hobbies. Do you know the last time license fees were increased prior to 04? 15 YEARS! The only reason they were raised was to keep the Department from going Bankrupt. The five year outlook still put them in the red. Bottom line is prices go up. This is an economical fact and unavoidable. I am sure if you have a cure all solution to fiscal problems the State as a whole would love to hear from you (and you'll probably never have to work again). I am the first to say I personally dont agree with all the decisions made. For example why do people that bow and gun hunt required to buy two licenses when they can only take one antlered deer? I would like to see one antlered license good for all three seasons. I hope this doesn't sound like I'm attacking you because I am not. I just believe you are really misunderstood on how things work financially at the state level. I guess in short I say don't be critical of the way things are run unless you have a better solution and if you do.......Go into politics.
 

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I think you shouldn't have to pay for a license until you kill a deer and check it in. This would encourage more people to go hunting because they won't be out the $24.00 unless they actually kill something. I know I have bought several tags in the past that I didn't use.
 

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Would you have to buy a fishing license if you were not going to catch fish. I sure the **** hunters would have an argument since they are required to have a license during running season when they don't kill a thing. The more I think about this it's a good idea but let's expand it. I don't have any kids in school so I don't think I should have to pay any property taxes.
 

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I find that hard to believe because it is very possible there will be no check stations next year. More than likely in the near future you will phone in your deer similar to other states. Physically checking a deer in will not be required.
 

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I don't know if there would be any type of tag. My guess is upon "calling in" your deer you would be given a unique number that would have to accompany the deer. Nothing is set in stone yet but is definitely something they are looking at in the near future.
 

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Im sure there will be alot of deer that are taken that are not checked in if it goes to tele-check, and hanging out at rural check in stations seeing all the deer will be gone also. Wow, sure is crappy how times change. I remember when we all camped and didnt care how big the horns were. And going to the check in stations everyday at about noon to see the deer. The old couple that run the general store/check station really rely on the hunters that come to see the deer and have lunch there. Just another nail in the coffin for the little man. This world has only been in heavy industry for less than 200 years and the whole place is going to the crapper. In ten years we'll probably have robots that hunt for us and.........no wait, there wont be any deer or hunters, just a world of video games, wal-mart and gas stations.
 

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Thank you, thank you, thank you....the news of the possible tele-check makes me very happy. There were two different occasions this year where I killed a deer in the evening while hunting almost an hour from home. By the time I got home all the check stations were closed. I'd get home, hang the deer, then have to take it down the next day to check it in. A huge pain in the butt. A friend of mine was telling me about checking his KY turkey in over the telephone on the way home from his hunt this past spring, and I thought "Dang, it sure would be nice to be able to do that with those deer." I sure hope this comes to fruition soon. As far as putting the screws to the little man, we'll have to see. I can see where some check stations may suffer, but not all will. A friend of mine owns an archery shop and when I discussed tele-check with him earlier this month he stated that he would like to see it also. He said that the money people spent in his shop while checking in deer this year didn't add up enough to buy him a case of beer.

Now for license fees. I am fortunate that I have a LTL, but even if I didn't I would not hesitate to spend $24 for a tag to hunt. I'm sure I would complain about it some, but I'd still do it. Prices go up on everything, there is nothing we can do about that. It perplexes me that people can go to a bar with friends and plunk down $20 or eat steak in a restaurant and plunk down $40 without batting an eye, but raise holy heck about the price of a tag.

As far as waiting to buy a license until after we've harvested an animal, all I can say is this isn't Walmart. We are not paying for the animal when we buy our license...we are paying for the opportunity to pursue it.
 

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LTL ceasing to exist

dnrlawman said:
Licenses are handled by the Fish and Wildlife Division. In their defense the removal of the license was advertised one year in advance. Those wishing to purchase licenses for children too young to take the hunter ed. were waived so they could still have the opportunity to purchase it. You can bet on an increase more than likely......yearly.
I do not recall any information in the DNR regs book for last year, or any information at check stations or places to purchase licensing. Where was this information advertised, Golf Digest? Since I do not golf, I missed the advertisement...
 

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The price we pay for our tags helps to purchase land to hunt on, such as goose pond area, or the 3000 + acres in southern indiana a few years back.
I don't see the issue for paying a little more for tags, when we will have more places to pursue wild game.
 

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Bad Politickin

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I do not recall any information in the DNR regs book for last year, or any information at check stations or places to purchase licensing. Where was this information advertised, Golf Digest? Since I do not golf, I missed the advertisement...
I didnt see it in the regulation books either, I worked where we sold regular hunting licenses, a customer asked one day if I had heard the LTL is going to be taken away. I said no, I hadnt but i'll look into it. I called the DNR and they said it was just a rumor. Then a few months later I called again and they said that its "quite possible" that this is the last year. But I never saw anything in print warning hunters that this would be taken away. If there had been a full page warning on page 2 of the hunting reg's book, there would be a line of hunters from here to Ky. to get the licenses. But to the DF&W this would be putting too many eggs in the basket at the same time, not as many folks spending $24 here and $23 there and $15 here for LIFE. Its all politickin. And yes, where I come from politickin is a word.
 
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