I dont think we need to go as far as a lifetime license,but would like to maybe see ODNR go to a sportman tag.Where you pay one fee and will get your hunting lic.,fishing lic.,deer tags, trapping tag, turkey tags, duck tags that would work,beside i dont think we could afford a lifetime lic.
I think a lifetime license would be out of the cost range for most sportsmen and women, I believe also that the fishing licensing should be kept separate from hunting, not everyone hunts and why should they pay a fee for something that they don't care to partake in and vice versa. If you averaged it out they would lose revenue in the long run and it would not be feasable for the ODNR budget. Just my 2 cents worth on this topic, but I'm not in favor of lifetime licensing.
Lifetime licenses are usually expensive for one with a family. It would be great to get your for your child.
I would like to see a sportsman license. I hunt and fish both and it would be okay for me. I would think it would be a great addition but dont see it happening right now.(They want the $$$)
It would be an option for some of us to pruchase instead of two seperate licenses and not just for all to buy. If you fish just get a fishing licese and hunters could do vice versa. Instead of paying $38 for both you could get it for a lower price.
To clarify, I see three different lifetime licenses...
IN has had a lifetime hunting license and it is a super thing. Granted, the price went up, but if you plan to hunt for a number of years, it will pay for itself many times over. As for fishing, there is a seperate lifetime license for that if that is your main thing.
I don't like the sportsman license idea because it would only benefit if you do everything. Maybe an ala carte type thing could be possible so that you could get a bundled discount.
I don't see why anyone would be opposed?... Its not like you would have to buy it, it would just be an option for those that want to and for those that can afford to. The DNR would also benefit with the $. I feel the same about the sportsman's license... Might as well have the option for those that CAN benefit from it. Otherwise you just buy your normal fishing or hunting license. Just my thoughts....
Couple different scenarios:
Guy buys his lifetime liscence, two months later he gets transferred out of state.
Guy buys liscense, shortly after gets a flyrod for Christmas. Gets into it to the point that now that's all he likes to do yearround.
DNR takes lifetime liscense fund and invests it into some low risk stocks while awaiting the approval of a large land purchase. Stocks like Tyco...or Enron.
5 Bucks ,boys. My hunting season lasts about 140 days. My fishing season lasts 365 days. 5 Bucks. Hasn't been an increase in how long? 5 Bucks. The DNR has buildings,vehicles, and expenses. Has the cost of living gone up? Has gas gone up? Has the price of land gone up? Have salaries gone up? 5 Bucks.
Had it not been for this thread,I don't think it's something that I wouldn't given a second thought. I suppose if this topic was mentioned in the middle of deer season, it wouldn't have received less interest.
Maybe I'm in the minority here but I think Ohio's DNR does an above average job in a state with a smaller percentage of sportsmen than some others where outdoor pursuits have more support.
Put me in the glad to pay corner.
Andy's absolutely right. I'm sure everybody here expects a raise each year at work. The DNR hasn't raised prices in over 10 years, and now it's only going up $4 or $5. That's a nickle a week for a full year! I hear so many comparing Ohio's system to other surrounding states. How about comparing Ohio's deer herd to all of our surrounding states. None of them can hold a candle to Ohio for quaility of deer. I think the ODNR is doing a great job and I'll be more than happy to pay an extra $5.00 a year.
Since I'm not a resident of Ohio I'm not going to vote in the poll. But I do have an opinion that I will share.
Sportsmans License: Here in Tennessee we have an annual sportsmans license that at this time cost $101. I've been buying this type license since the mid to late 80's. Although the price has gone up over the years (from $60 the first year I bought one to $101 this year) I think it is a good deal. This one license covers all fishing and hunting license and kill tags (except a federal duck stamp) required to any game or varmit species in the state for the year. It also entitles you to apply for quota hunts on wildlife management areas at no extra cost (applicants that are not holders of sportsmans license are charged an additional $12). If you hunt all seasons and fish like I do, being able to buy it all at one time sure saves alot of hassle and running to town to pick up all the different licenses and tags throughout the year depending on what season is coming up.
Lifetime License: Tennessee also has a Lifetime Sportsmans License that entitles you to all the same benefits as the annual sportsman license above. But to this point I have not been able to afford one for myself. The price of the lifetime license is based on your age. The price for the age group I fall under is $1200. I did buy one for my son a few years back, if you buy one for a child under 1 year old it is only $200. Not a bad 1st birthday present for any kid if you ask me. I sure wish this had been around when I was a kid. Just imagine never having to buy another hunting or fishing license for your home state for the rest of your life. Maybe one of these years I'll get far enough ahead and be able to afford one for myself.
Did'nt mean to ramble on about Tennessee, just wanted to give you some things to think about if these types of license are ever offered in Ohio.
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