September 17, 2019

Only 40% of “Any-Deer Permits” Are Left For the Average Joe Hunter

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V. Paul Reynolds reminds readers that it appears wildlife management has become a great tool for politicians to appease their special interest “constituency” to ensure more votes. They have successfully allotted about 60% of the total number of doe permits (Any-Deer Permits) to their special interest buddies leaving only 40% for the general “random” drawing.

Reynolds wants to know where these proposed bills to give more special interest groups even more permits will end. He gives an example of how, if one bill passes, there will be no permits left. “If, for example, you guarantee old codgers like me (older than 70) a doe permit automatically, you have just issued 36,000 new doe permits! Yes, believe it or not, there are 36,000 Maine hunters 70 years or older.”

As I understand it, the proposed allotment of doe permits for this coming deer hunting season is around 66,000. If Reynolds’ figures are accurate, then 60% of those permits, are handed out to special interest groups and individuals, that would leave about 26,000 permits to be drawn in a random drawing. If this latest bill proposal passes that would automatically give a doe permit to all licensed hunters 70 years of age or older, some of those 70 year old hunters will not be given a permit because there aren’t enough to go around.

A lot of thought went into that proposal.

Time to end all this friggin nonsense!

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