Mark, I would say that we get a great value for our license fees. For me that's not the issue here.
Your math isn't flawed, but I feel that your hypothetical reasoning is.
That being said, I'll go ahead and do some hypothesis of my own, and see how it resonates with the rest of the members.
Our first disagreement comes with the $400.00 wolf license. That only holds true if they only allow 6000 licenses to be sold. My Pryor math paints a different result.
Lets look at some more of your math, and theorize a bit. You say some 800,000 hunters for deer. If that many hunters were to want to hunt wolves. At 6000 licenses available in a lottery, that's less than 1% of wannabe hunters being able to participate. If only 1/2 of those hunters want to participate, it's less than 2% being able to participate. If only 1/4 of those hunters want to participate, less than 4% would be able too at a 6000 licenses sold limit.
I agree with TGJ, the DNR seems to be bending over backwards to appease the anti's. It almost seems as if they're trying to squelch the wolf season before it ever gets traction.
I'm sorry, but I find the DNR's proposal to be total BS.
They want to raise license fees for deer hunting, and fishing, yet seem to be turning their back on what I believe would be a great source of revenue. Not to mention that they seem to want to cut a possible huge percentage of possible hunters entirely out of the game.
Needless to say, what the DNR is proposing in regards to the wolf hunt has me pissed off!!!
I'll add one more note, then walk away for now before I too get banned.
TGJ said that they want a $50.00 license fee to hunt wolves. It's high, but I would pay it for the privilege to hunt wolves. If they sold 100,000 licenses it would amount to 5 million dollars into the DNR's coffers (Net).
No, wait, I've got a better idea... Lets just raise the fees for deer hunting, and fishing licenses on the vast majority of sportsman, and deny most of them the right to hunt wolves, that's a much better idea