In my mind auction tags have always been a potential liability to our sport. As of lately many others in the industry seem to have taken to my viewpoint on the subject. We here at Eastmans’ have been against these tags since their inception and our stance has never waivered. It looks like the general public is finally noticing that these “elite licenses” and their huge price tags may be more of a liability to the sport of hunting than they’re an asset to conservation. After all, that’s where the vast portion of that money is supposed to be going to, right? It’s quite possible that these huge sums of money end up creating more corruption, kickbacks, abuse and waste than they do habitat and conservation.
The ultimate question boils down to this- “Are these high dollar licenses worth the cost of the potential waste, fraud and abuse?” Everyone seems to be on the dole with these tags except the average hunter, like yourself, who actually owns the wildlife and public lands that make these tags even possible.
I will lay out my case to end these tags once and for all in a future edition of E-news. Stay tuned for the article, “10 Reasons Why Auction Tags Are Ruining Your Hunting Experience.”
Good luck this fall.