Nearly 34,000 hunters could face a $25 fine because of a law that took effect last year. The law requires hunters to tell the state how they did on their 2012 deer and elk hunts. The state wants better stats on hunting success and harvest rates.
Bow hunter Mike Turpin hasn’t been hunting in 10 years and was shocked by the news. He says the ODFW should look into other alternatives than issuing fees.
“A lot of people can’t afford these fines and fees. They have a hard enough time with their tags and license fees and stuff, and it’s getting so it’s a rich man’s sport,” Turpin said.
Hunters could face the fine when they apply for their 2014 license.