Nonresident Hunting Price Comparisons
In the latest Ohio hunting news, Ohio fails for a second time in trying to pass legislature that would raise the rates for nonresident hunting licenses and tags. Compared to other big deer hunting states, Ohio is one of the cheapest for nonresidents. The cost of a nonresident hunting license in Ohio is $125, and deer tags are $24. That’s a bargain when you look at other states! The cost of getting your buck in Iowa, a minimum of $551. And, it could even be much higher depending on whether or not you’ve spent a lot of money on points ($50/ea). Then, let’s not forget the fact that you have to be chosen in a lottery to even get to hunt. What about Kansas? Well, you’re looking at a minimum of $419.46, and again, it’s a lottery. Same story in Illinois; you have to get in on a lottery, and you’ll be spending well over $300 to tag that buck!
Yes, Ohio is a bargain. And, they want to stay that way. The Ohio Department of Wildlife wants to remain competitive; they aren’t trying to keep out-of-state hunters away. They are simply trying to do what the other states are doing, generate much needed revenue. Yet, the difference is that Ohio does not want to charge you $500 to pursue the buck of lifetime. Their proposed rate hike would have still made Ohio one of the cheapest nonresident, big buck hunting states.
Then, just how much did they want to charge nonresidents? Well, the cost of the nonresident license would have went from $125 to $149; still very reasonable. And, the nonresident deer permit would have been raised from $24 to $75, bringing the total cost of that big buck to $224. Even better, no lottery. You would be guaranteed the opportunity to hunt. $224 is still a bargain price for a great buck!
Ohio Division of Wildlife Pulls Bill
So, what happened? Well, the bill was pulled before it went up for a final vote. The proposed bill made it through the House of Representatives without any problems. The roadblock occurred at the Senate level. There were questions raised as to how the extra money would be used. Another concern on the Senate side was over the effectiveness of the Ohio Division of Wildlife. So, with these concerns addressed, the Ohio Division of Wildlife chose to withdraw the bill for now.
No, this doesn’t mean the end of the proposal; it is just currently on hold. A 3rd party research firm which specializes in hunting has been hired by the Division of Wildlife to analyze the situation. The hope is to have recommendations by the end of the year, and then from there a new bill can be implemented and presented to legislature. One possible alternative to the rate hikes might be to offer out-of-state hunters some type of hunting package. But, for now we’ll just have to wait and see what the future holds.
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