call in/online registration in WI
I think the main thing is people don't like change. How many other States allow 'group hunting'? Hardly any I think. If one is worried about deer numbers or 'poaching', there's one tradition to eliminate.
Yes, I realize one can still tag another's deer, but it would be reduced without group hunting.
PLUS, in what is an added bonus to these struggling businesses, they no longer have to pay an employee out of their pockets to spend time registering deer. Just slide the phone and a marker over the counter.
While I agree that for a lot of hunters (myself included) the regular way was not that much of an issue, I can see the benefits to going to this system.
What I don't understand, is how phone in deer registration leads to a discussion on crossbow hunting and making shooting from a vehicle legal!?
There has been phone in registration for the Feds for migratory birds for quite some time, and for WI turkey for a few years. I guess if there were going to be big issues, shouldn't we be seeing some of them by now?
I talked to the biologist at our CDAC meeting about it this December. He said it sounded like feedback was pretty positive. I shared a couple limited concerns I had heard about the automated voice being hard to understand and the confirmation number was too long/cumbersome. He was aware of both, and they were going to make some tweaks to address any issues.