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Marc Anthony of Goodfield owns and operates Look Alive Taxidermy and Non Typical Hunter magazine. Anthony grew up in central Illinois and spent eight years as a commercial pilot before giving that up to spend more time with his wife Jan and three children, Victoria, Drake and Elesa. Anthony hunted on and off as a child but started seriously at age 30 and focuses on bowhunting for deer and turkeys. He's arrowed four bucks that meet the Boone and Crockett Club (net) standards and 20 Pope and Young Club qualifiers. Anthony is on the Pro Staff for Muzzy broadheads, Bear Archery, Vital Gear, Natural Predator, Non Typical Hunter and several other companies. He also is a member of the Outdoor writers Association of America, OWAA.

 

Non-typical Hunter

A Web log by Marc Anthony

IDNR Shows signs of improvement

May 17, 2010 at 03:23 PM

The last time I reported on great service from the DNR it happened to be from the state of Kentucky. I was impressed by the extremely fast and courteous service I received when I was needing information regarding permits, WMA’s and regulations. It was a pleasant experience working with someone on the other end of the telephone who actually sounded like they wanted to help! It’s bad enough when no one answers the phone but when you feel like you have to hook them up to a life support system just to get them to talk, lets just say it takes the fun out of pursuing everything you need for the season’s events. I am happy to say, I shared an equal positive experience last week when I called the IDNR, that’s right…Illinois’ DNR!

No, I’m not anti IDNR like some might want to think but rather disappointed when our service doesn’t parallel the amount of hunting revenue Illinois receives. I would love to see the IDNR prosper and see some positive results from the prosperity. I just happen to call it as I see it. I like to call an apple an apple and an orange an orange, that’s all. In fact, I would still offer free services to our IDNR if it would help our hunting quality here in Illinois. Having said that, I am happy to report some positive news regarding our DNR service! Last week I called the IDNR to help me with some permit issues. The phone rang twice before it was picked up! From there, I was handed off to one other person who also picked up the phone quickly. All of my questions were answered quickly and efficiently. I will also mention the fact that this person did everything that was available in order to help me. They did not know who I was at the time of the call or my credentials, etc, but jumped right in and solved my problem. Fair is fair, so I’m happy to say I was really impressed!

I understand more than ever how tough it is in this economy to have a department fully staffed and able to provide decent service to the public. I deal with these issues on a daily basis as a business man, so I credit Marc Miller and his staff for the positive direction the IDNR seems to be heading.

Now if they will only invite me back it to discuss this September issue! grin

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