I am hearing the same from lots of landowners. My understanding is that the land owner can get the depredation permit for them from AGFC and assign "Designees" that can hunt them at anytime. Maybe some of you can enlighten us from AGFC. It is a problem that needs addressed, and I certainly understand the safety factors involved, but guilty until proven innocent isn't getting us anywhere. :frown:
I am going on a predator hunt in Texas at the end of the month and the guy I'm meeting down there explained his states rules. Then I explained ours, he liked to fell out of his chair. He said, and I quote. "Do they have any common sense" :head: This is Skeet Jones, he has over 4 million acres of land to hunt in texas, anytime, any weapon, any season. Even Oklahoma is relaxing thier rules now due to an abundance of predators. (And has added a season on mountain lions) One has been taken just outside of AR. border a few miles south west of Van Buren. Rumor is this wasn't a loose kitty from a petting zoo either. :wink:
AGFC needs to start looking at the rules and regs from the West instead of the East. Otherwise, we are headed for trouble.
( Oh, and Arkansas Game and Fish. This was a hunt that I am leaving the state for so I can hunt predators at night. I will be spending lots of money there instead of here because of your decisions. You now have lost revenue and taxes that I now will gladly give to Texas because of support for their state's predator hunters. I'm also having to buy an out of state license to hunt there. That was $35 I think. If only you had a program that would allow hunters to purchase a predator permit that would allow night hunting. Even under the asinine .22 rimfire rules, I would rather accept this here and be restricted than drive to Texas.)