jim bielecki Posted March 24, 2008 Report Share Posted March 24, 2008 I'm just throwing this out there because of one of the last topic threads led me to post this.... What can we do as a club to decrease poaching activity? This was in response to the 40% reduction in funding for the IDNR. I'm not exactly sure why their is a reduction. Generally if there were 2 million people in Illinois who purchased fishing licenses; at $13.50 per person...that equals $13,500,000. If you bought a combo hunting/fishing license and you add in hunting licenses for bow hunting $26.00 each, plus $15.00 for a gun deer tag(that's just one, I also get one for muzzleloader, and January for another $30), plus a trout stamp, plus a habitat stamp, plus a waterfowl stamp, the total is $84.82. Now if you have 500,000 people do the same as I do...that roughly 42,410,000. Add it all up and that equals 55,910,000. That's not including boat stickers, boat trailer plate renewals, out of state hunters and fisherman... You get the idea...My point is, where the heck does 55 million dollars go every year! Now if you look at the last 10 years and add that up...that's 559,100,000. Where the heck did almost 500 million dollars go? Surely CPO officers don't make 6 figures! I'm just estimating but it add up to a ton of money. Where did it go? How can the IDNR be underfunded? Ok, so I could be wrong...lets say Illinois is using the money responsibly (don't laugh...just saying maybe)... What can we do as a club to help out and prevent poaching. ISA is trying to improve habitat and conserve to improve outdoor opportunities... One member suggested a stiffer fine. Anther suggested a stiff fine and confiscate all equipment at the scene which can later be auctioned off to generate $. I suggest some of us get deputized by the IDNR...with the proper training, and given the right circumstances, we can issue fines and attend court dates as witnesses. We are the ones out there the most anyway...shouldn't we have some oversight on our land and waters. Sure we can report offenses...but just think if we had the authority to issue tickets! Power in numbers would make any poacher think twice. I also suggest Forest Preserve User Fees. I went to Georgia last year and they have a daily fee, or you can purchase a yearly fee for access to the parks. The daily fee I paid was 3 dollars. (This would include anyone using the bike trails, waterway, parking lot, ect. Anyone and everyone who uses the park.) After all, why should fishing and hunting fees be used to maintain forest perserves for the enjoyment from picnickers, bikers, and others? Shouldn't they have to pay too? Any other suggestions? Feel free to add on to the list. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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