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February 14, 2014

Big change in licenses is worthless

As most of you probably know by now, there has been a big change in hunting and fishing licenses this year.

A new system was put into effect right after the new year. When you buy licenses to hunt this fall, there is no longer a Super Sportsman’s License. That license last year cost hunters $88 plus $10 for a Deer Management Permit. Licenses were good starting Oct. 1.

With the new system, you will buy a separate small-game/big-game combination license for $22, a fishing license for $25, a bow license for $15, and a muzzle-loaders license for another $15. That totals $77 plus $10 for a Deer Management Permit, if you want to take a doe.

From now on, the new licenses take effect Sept. 1. That way, the early September seasons are covered by your new license, not last year’s.

The other day, I questioned why the state was being so generous. Gosh, I’m going to save a whole $11. Does Governor Cuomo think that more people will buy licenses because the price has dropped so dramatically?

Governor Cuomo is trying to promote hunting and fishing in New York because it generates a tremendous amount of revenue for the state. Heck, if you buy a lifetime license, you can even get a special license plate for your car or truck at no additional cost for a limited time. The whole purpose is tax money.

According to a news release from the governor’s office, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation stated that in 2011, sportsmen and women spent $4.95 billion and generated $623 million in state and local taxes in New York alone.

I really think besides the money sportsmen spend and the revenues generated in taxes, there is an ulterior motive.

Governor Cuomo has lost the political support of millions of sportsmen with the midnight passing of the Safe Act. Let’s look at this. With the passing of this new gun and ammunition control law, sportsmen are definitely affected. I have to pass a background check to buy ammunition, and besides that, the prices have gone out of sight.

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