I simply can't see how a law can be passed to stop someone from telling someone else where they saw a deer. Whether for money or not.
The state may own the deer, but do they have the right to dictatate who talks about the deer and what is said about the deer? I own my house, should I ask for a law to be passed to stop people from talking about my house? Come on!!! Some celebrities would love there to be laws to stop others from talking about them and their property, but Freedom of Speech allows it and an amendment protects it.
We'll see if the law flies this year. I'd be surprised if it does. Like last year, I would hope there'll be some smarter state reps who see this as an unconstitutional law to suppress freedom to speak and/or publish information. Freedom of Speech in this country doesn't only apply when one speaks for free, it also applies when someone is compensated.
I have to laugh at how some people make it sound like if you know where a deer was in July that it's a slamdunk to just walk in there and shoot the deer. I think many know better, but just cast BS to try and fool the ignorant into buying the "unethical" BS. But then they propose a law that says it's okay for outfitters to do it. It's only unethical I guess if you don't have a guide license...??? Come on! Ethics don't revolve around state licenses, either it is or isn't ethical.
This comment by Jim Allen is what it's all about, "unfair advantage given to some hunters and not others." So going forward we all have to use the same optics, same gun, hunt the same amount of time, eat the same food, have the same strength, drive the same vehicles, scout the same, etc. Come on, people with the unit in their backyard have the advantage, not the guy traveling for New Jersey that I help.
So there you go, I don't think the law will pass and even if it does, I don't think it's constitutional and would probably deserve a fight. As for personal feelings about the issue, I respect everyone's opinion, but I have mine and I feel quite good to be able to help out a few guys who live too far from an area to scout it. I scout for myself and then later share the knowledge I have in my head, if I want. And yes, sometimes I get compensated for that knowledge I share.
And BuzzH, the reason the Forest Service testified that no permits were issued is because every one of them that I talked to, all the way up the chain, agreed that no permit was needed for me to tell people what I saw while on Forest Service land. No different than if I backpacked a hundred trails and then wrote a book about all those trails.
As for your "mining coal and grazing" comment. You're right, one can't mine without a permit or graze their cattle. But no permit is needed to look at the state land and no permit is needed to write a book telling everyone in the world where you saw that mine or state land.
But if they do pass the law, then so be it. Me not being able to help a few guys isn't that big of a deal. My biggest deal with this issue is that they're trying to force me to "Shut Up!" about any big bucks I find, and I just don't think I should have to do that. It's MY knowledge and I should be able to share it with anyone I want, whether it be for for free or a trillion dollars.
Just my $.02 on the issue.