I don't know about the rest of you, but I like to get my money's worth when I buy something. I'm not paying for a full pie if I only get 1/2 of it. But if you purchase a Missouri Fishing Permit after March 1 but before December 1, you are not getting your money's worth. It's as simple as that. Myself, I always purchase my permit in March because my permit says it expires at the end of February. I thought that was because I purchased it in March. But a friend of mine (a new angler) purchased a permit in October and it also expired in February. WHAT? He paid $12 just like I did but only got to use it for less than 5 months!? I called the MO Dept of Conservation in Jefferson City to discuss this with them, and their explanation for this was that it was a "seasonal" regulation. I argued that there was no season for the activity of fishing, only for the harvest of specific species in specific locales (i.e. Black Bass from Ozark streams). The representative then suggested that the vendor of the permit should've informed the purchaser that the permit would only be effective for a short time -- and that if they wait until Dec 1, it would be good until Feb 2008. Since a percentage of the revenue is shared with the retailer, I highly doubt one would say "WAIT! Don't buy it!" and in this case they didn't. The process of getting a permit is mostly electronic, I added -- and the business rules and associated logic were controlled solely by the MDC. I was told that it was too difficult for the MDC to keep track of cutoff dates (which they currently use) and/or to pro-rate the amount of the permit in conjunction with the remainder of the "season". What the representative failed to explain is that this isn't "seasonal", it's based upon a "Permit Year" which runs from March 1 - March 1 ...and it's been this way since 1996. I think it's time to change this, as there is NO discernible benefit that I can see from it. So here is my No-Brainer Solution: Have a permit that is good until one year from the date of purchase. The state gets their revenue, and the angler gets what they paid for. I think they thought I was crazy. I was advised that I could recommend this in writing to John Smith, who is the Chairman of the Regulations Committee for the MO Department of Conservation. His mailing address is below: John Smith - Regulations Committee Chairman c/o MO Department of Conservation PO BOX 180 Jefferson City, MO 65102 I don't have any illusion that I'm doing anything other than barking at the moon here -- but it'd be really nice if someone else could also write Mr. Smith and and make a similar recommendation (or a better one). I'm open to suggestions. Keep these tidbits in mind:For Fiscal Year 2006, hunting and fishing permits made up approximately 17.07% ($28.1 million) of the MDC's annual revenue ($164.7 million). 60.15% of their revenue ($99 million) was derived from a 1/8 cent sales tax. Commercial/Miscellaneous permits made up 0.98% ($1.6 million) ZERO modifications have been made to the MDC's Electronic Point-of-Sale system since 1996. -AND- Phase III of the MDC's Electronic Point-of-Sale initiative is about to begin and they are (according to their literature) accepting bids to see who can meet their requirements to keep the system running without interruption. This is due to the separation that occurred between Automatic Licensing Systems and Central Bank. In other words, the time is ripe for change.