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HB 4329 $1 license fee
Posted: 29 May 2014 01:16 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I read in the paper today illinois just passed the bill for sportsmen 75 and older to purchase their license for a $1.  No fees for habitat, pheasant, fur bearer, etc….  Seems like 75 is a long time to wait.  Any thoughts?

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Posted: 29 May 2014 06:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Andy, I think the age requirement is B.S!!!!They need to lower it down to 60years old.

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Posted: 29 May 2014 06:29 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I agree Freak.  That’s illinois for ya though.  Try to squeeze every dime they can.  The crooks that run our DNR too busy being corrupt to give a crap!  All they want is the money.  Another fine job Miller!  Keep up the good work

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Posted: 29 May 2014 07:05 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Andy, How many people u see 75+years old u see hunting???I haven’t saw some one in this age class hunting or fishing for years and im out all the time….

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Posted: 29 May 2014 08:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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One of the best gifts I ever received from my parents was a lifetime hunting license when I was going to college in Wisconsin.  With them not knowing where I would end up a resident after college, they purchased it for me.  It really would have paid off if I would have moved out of state, but came back to Illinois to hunt every year.  I would say it was a great investment even though I settle in Illinois only 10 miles south of where I grew up.

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Posted: 29 May 2014 08:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Also, total BS on the age, should be 62 or something.

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Posted: 29 May 2014 09:41 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Federal money, which is substantial, is distributed to the states based on the number of hunting/fishing licenses sold.  By federal law,in order to get those federal funds from the US Fish & Wildlife Service,  a senior license must be AT LEAST 50% of the regular license fee.  Thus, the DNR will get ZERO from the USFWS for those over 75.  I don’t know how much money we are talking about, but that money will go to other states. 
For instance, across the river from me, there is no senior license.  Seniors pay the FULL AMOUNT for their license.  Many states are going the same route, in order to ensure they get maximum federal dollars.  Obviously, Illinois doesn’t need the money.

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Posted: 30 May 2014 02:12 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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That’s just pathetic!  Anything for a dollar with our crooked DNR.  How much are those clowns making that run our DNR?  Way too much I’m guessing.

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Posted: 30 May 2014 08:09 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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I believe they were dropping the fee by $1 not making it just a $1. I also think at one time people 65 and over got the licenses for free but like stated earlier the state started charging again to get matching federal funds. It’s just a no win situation for everyone, pay for a state license so you can get federal tax money back.

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Posted: 30 May 2014 08:42 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Andy, I’ve read your posts on this site for some time and it seems you are always way off base and one of the biggest whiny, crybabies I’ve ever encountered on any site.  You are really not worth responding to, so I’m done responding to you. 

Berlin, I believe it is a one dollar license.  However, even if it is a dollar less, the present fee is 1/2 a regular license, thus the $1 reduction will make it less than half, so it will no longer qualify for the federal money.  We Illinois sportsmen/women will continue to pay but won’t get that portion back.  It will now go to other states.

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Posted: 31 May 2014 04:45 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Feeling the love!!  It was difficult to read through all my tears but I do appreciate the feedback.  I thought we were buds RR

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Posted: 01 June 2014 10:05 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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I was in the committee hearing when this language came through, and the monies lost due to this bill would be around $250,000 dollars, and that included federal funds. The total dollars lost due to license fees was not that much, but it hits the DNR hard with the federal funds. Why diluted our funding anymore ?? It’s bad enough we have legislators that have no idea about wildlife issues wanting to cut funding, but we certainly don’t need to be doing on our own just to save a dollar, or two…...................RTT

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Posted: 12 June 2014 01:09 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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I’m not sure why the full price sportsmen license is too much money for anyone; it comes to a little over $2 a month.  Lots of folks complain about prices and DNR putting the screws to sportsman and I find it laughable.  $15 for a deer permit is an absolute steal.  Best $15 I spend every year.

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Posted: 12 June 2014 04:29 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Come on guys think this one through a little bit. 1st the DNR did not do this. One politician ran this through so he could go back and say “See what I did for you”. 62 and over already get the 1/2 price license which keeps the federal dollars coming. Now the 11% federal tax money you and I pay on every shell and gun will go to another state. The DNR will be out $250,000. That will have to be made up by the remaining license holders. Do you really want a 16 year old kid to have to get his license fee jacked up so the 75 year old can save $5? What about the dad who has three boys that hunt? One heck of a large percentage of the folks out there pay zero to hunt now with all the freebie exemptions that politicians have already passed. All that does is more the burden to a smaller group of folks every year. Every one of the “exempt” crowd costs not only the original license fee but also the federal dollars. Make it 75, make it 65, make it 62, hell make it free for everybody. Magic money will appear and programs will go on.

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