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Especially us non-residents...ouch! Take away hunting opportunity and pay more for it! Sounds like what Maryland did but without a fee increase.


http://wvmetronews.com/2019/02/12/legislation-would-lower-buck-limit-and-raise-license-fees/

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I was contemplating a non resident small game license. But that business is more complicated than most western lotteries. And if it goes up to $250!!! Forget it.
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That’s insane. It will cost me $1000 for me and my family to hunt. Is this to just stop nonresident from hunting WV? It will deter r most people or cause some to hunt illegally.
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It would be the smartest thing MD could do...
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Wow !!  Guess they want to make money off of the non-residents.
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Is WV a reciprocal state? If so every WV hunter that hunts MD would see the same increase to be here, difference is they can kill a lot more deer here even with the new limits.
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I don't think the mountain people will let this pass.
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X2 w EJP. Delaware non resident with 2 buck tags is $300. They had a $120 increase in one year.
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I only hunt my own property that I pay $600+ on in taxes annually to the state of WV. Last year's non-resident license cost me $360 with additional stamps for bow and gun (I don't purchase a muzzleloader stamp) as well as the fishing and trout stamp.

I really don't care about the reduction in the amount of bucks you can take and the antler restriction. I put in a self imposed 8pt or better antler restriction on my place regardless of width, etc. years ago and it has made a significant difference. I don't take any more than (2) bucks off the property a year anyway.

If I read this correctly last year's license was $360. If I eliminate the additional stamps for a 2nd buck with a bow and a 2nd buck with a gun that is $80 (because they would eliminate them). If you back that out of the $140 increase for the base license license that's a net increase of $60. The only reason I buy the additional stamps is because of how the rut goes, weather conditions, vacation time, etc. as to when I might have an opportunity at a 2nd buck.

The one thing I wish they would do as a non-resident land owner is develop some kind of property tax credit. Based on how much you pay in property tax, develop a formula/percentage to offset some of the cost of your non-resident license. They also need to take into consideration the potential economic impact due to the loss of non-resident hunters who don't want to pay the license increase against the economic contribution non-resident hunters make outside of hunting...e.g. fuel, hotels, food, supplies, etc.

As was mentioned before the locals aren't going to stand for an increase in fees and if they move forward with it despite their protesting the change, poaching (which is already rampant in my area) will simply increase.
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