The Arizona Game and Fish Department conducted an on-line survey to gather public comment on alternatives
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The Arizona Game and Fish Department conducted an on-line survey to gather public comment on alternatives

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The Arizona Game and Fish Department conducted an on-line survey to gather public comment on alternatives in response to a federal court ruling declaring the 10-percent cap on nonresident applicants for certain big game species unconstitutional. The survey was th ndposted on the Department’s website from August 17 through September 2 . During that period 7,474 individuals completed the survey. Respondents were asked to indicate whether or not (Yes or No) they would support the following options. The results for each survey option or questions are posted at the right of the table. Yes No number number Total Survey Options: (%) (%) numberAward additional bonus points for continuous support. Also referred to as “loyalty points,” these bonus points would be awarded to those 6,075 1,283 7,358 who have been applying for big game hunts and/or buying licenses (83%) (17%) consecutively for some period of time, for example, for five years. Award a “Conservation Bonus Point” to individuals who participate in wildlife conservation work or other projects that support the 4,004 3,350 7,354 Mission of the Arizona Game and Fish Department. (54%) (46) Require applicants to pay the full tag amount up front using electronic fund transfers when applying over the internet. 3,616 3,729 7,345 (49%) (51%) Do away with the on-line application process altogether. 1,515 5,858 7,373 (21%) (79%) Leave on-line application process as it is. 4 ...

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The Arizona Game and Fish Department conducted an online survey to gather public comment on alternatives in response to a federal court ruling declaring the 10percent cap on nonresident applicants for certain big game species unconstitutional.The survey was th nd posted on the Department’s website from August 17through September 2. During that period 7,474 individuals completed the survey.Respondents were asked to indicate whether or not (Yes or No) they would support the following options.The results for each survey option or questions are posted at the right of the table. Yes No Totalnumber number Survey Options:(%) (%)number Award additional bonus points for continuous support. Also referred to as “loyalty points,” these bonus points would be awarded to those6,075 1,283 7,358 who have been applying for big game hunts and/or buying licenses(83%) (17%) consecutively for some period of time, for example, for five years. Award a “Conservation Bonus Point” to individuals who participate in wildlife conservation work or other projects that support the4,004 3,350 7,354 Mission of the Arizona Game and Fish Department.(54%) (46) Require applicants to pay the full tag amount up front using electronic fund transfers when applying over the internet.3,616 3,729 7,345 (49%) (51%) Do away with the online application process altogether.1,515 5,858 7,373  (21%)(79%) Leave online application process as it is.4,187 3,010 7,197  (58%)(42%) Require all big game permit applicants to purchase a hunting license5,358 2,050 7,408 when they apply for the draw.(72%) (28%) Increase the percent of big game applicants the Department reserves5,030 2,283 7,313 for those individuals with the most bonus points form 10% to 20%.(69%) (31%) Set aside a percent of the previously capped big game permits (not to5,408 1,768 7,176 exceed 10%) based on draw success rates for nonresidents under the(75%) (25%) previous 10% cap.There would be a separate (nonresident only) draw for these permits.Under this alternative, at least 90% of the tags would go to residents. Increase license and permit fees for both residents and nonresidents.1,928 5,438 7,366  (26%)(74%) Increase the $5 draw application fee for all applicants.2,188 5,163 7,351
 (30%)(70%) Create “commercial” and “noncommercial” big game tags.Ninety 3,2743,880 7,154 percent of tags from the previously capped hunts would be “non(46%) (54%) commercial” and would not allow the sale of parts.These tags would be available to residents only.Ten percent of the tags would be “commercial” tags that would allow the sale of parts.These tags would be available equally to both residents and nonresidents. Amend legislation to eliminate the commercialization of wildlife to5,589 1,546 7,135 permit the reinstatement of the 10% nonresident cap.(78%) (22%) Additionally, there were specific questions asked regarding some of the above options. Results for these questions are below:  Number  Answerof %of Survey Question:Options: responsesTotal How many consecutive years do you feel an individual should3 years1,932 30% apply to receive a “loyalty point”?4 years462 7%  5years 2,66441%  6years 2233% 7 years291 5% 8 years116 2% 9 years39 1% 10 years732 11% Total Responses: 6,450 How many hours should a volunteer be required to work to be eligible to receive a “Conservation Bonus Point”?20 hours1,413 28%  30hours 3156%  40hours 1,46229%  50hours 3437% 60 hours144 3% 70 hours36 1% 80 hours343 7% 90 hours15 0% 100 hours302 6% Over 100733 14% Total Responses: 5,106
 Number  Answerof %of Survey Question:Options: responsesTotal Should these hours be accumulated over a oneyear, twoyear, or unlimited time frame (Note: if you don’t meet the minimum hours within the designated time frame, the hours would not count towards a “Conservation Bonus Point”?Oneyear 2,44848%  Twoyear1,345 26%  Unlimited1,294 25% Total Responses: 5,087 What types of volunteer work should apply to the “Conservation3,662 individual openended Bonus Point” system?responses were submitted Should the “Conservation Bonus Point” be permanent or lost once an applicant is drawn for a species?Permanent 1,32822%  Lostwhen  drawn4,696 78% Total Responses: 6,024 Should volunteers be allowed to accumulate multiple “Conservation Bonus Points”, or should they be limited to a single point?Multiple  points2,195 37% Total Responses: 5,916Single point3,721 63% Who do you feel should be responsible keeping track of theArizona number of hours volunteers work?Game and  FishDept. 4,38075%  Organization  sponsoring  event1,483 25% Total Responses: 5,863 Number of Which of the following options would you prefer the most?of Totalresponses % Option 1: Charge full tag amount using electronic fund transfers2,192 30% when applying over the internet. Option 2: Do away with online applications altogether.1,117 15% Option 3: Leave the online application process as it is.4,003 55% Total Responses: 7,312