Are There Ulterior Motives Behind Hunting Tag Deadline Change?

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Editor:

Recently, Arizona Game and Fish changed the application time frame for elk and antelope tags from the usual May/June time frame to the Jan./Feb. time frame, with the stated intent of allowing the hunters who are drawn to better plan for their other fall hunt applications.

Not stated was the resulting impact on the hunter of having to purchase their 2007 hunting license much earlier than usual and submit their tag fees with their applications. Did the holding of these monies approximately five months longer than previously, with the possibility of drawing interest for that time, just slip their minds?

John "Opie" Oppertshauser, Payson

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